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Lanier Responds to Columbia Heights Hate Crime
According to DCist, D.C. Police Chief recently responded to the allegations that some of D.C.’s finest disregarded two women’s reports of verbal and physical assault near the Columbia Heights Metro station last weekend. A group of five lesbians say the officers refused to take a report; no action was taken until these women went to the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit. Chief Lanier says the officers in question could be fired. This is not the first time that the force has come under fire for its handling of GLBT hate crimes — even though no more than a month ago the The Washington Blade ran a story in which Chief Lanier reinforced the force’s commitment to fighting hate crimes.
Level2 Modifies Design at 14th Street and Wallach Street
Level2 developers unveiled their redesign at a meeting of area residents last week, reports U Street Dirt. DCMud has great coverage on this as well. Some of the previous concerns, such as the setback from the street, have been addressed. Check out the pictures of the modifications on the blog. Better? Worse? Indifferent?
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Prepare for the Onslaught: Beer and Restaurant Week Collide
Prepare yourself for standing room only at your favorite U Street bars and restaurants next week. U Street, commonly dubbed ‘Restaurant Row,” will be packed with eager restaurant-goers. Check out our reviews of participating joints: Vinoteca, 1905 Restaurant and Masa 14 (Policy, Logan Tavern and Sushi Taro are also on the list). Click here to make last-minute reservations. For those who would rather drink their calories than consume them can welcome D.C. Beer Week. D.C. Beer Week kicks off this Sunday, August 14 with a beer cruise on the Potomac, cask debuts at ChurchKey and beer and cheese pairings at Meridian Pint. See the schedule of events and make your plans now!
Caramel Hosts TRIFECTA Trunk Show
Caramel Boutique will be hosting the TRIFECTA Trunk Show this Saturday, August 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy some refreshments while perusing the offerings of three North Carolina-based jewelry designers. You can see samples of their work at their individual pages: Tara Locklear, Lisette Fee and Sarah West . If you miss the designers on Saturday, you can also catch “Jewelry in Motion” at Marvin on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
ACKC DC Changes Name, Hosts Open Mic Night
ACKC has become ‘Artfully Chocolate Salon,’ according to their latest email blast. Recently dubbed ‘Best Small Business,’ ACKC has wine in addition to chocolate. ACKC is also hosting two fun events: First, in celebration of Lucille Ball, ACKC is currently offering half-off on chocolate, Diva Desserts and milkshakes. Artfully Chocolate is also hosting an Open Mic night on August 18 from 8 to 10 pm. The invite goes to singers, performers, comics and poets (Note – singers need to provide their own accompaniment.)