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by Tim Regan April 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm 1 Comment

police carSomeone wielding a knife attacked a man near U Street earlier this morning, according to D.C. Police.

Authorities sent out an alert that there had been an “assault with a dangerous weapon” on the 1900 block of 9th St. NW at 3:13 a.m.

According to police, a man was standing on that block when he was “approached by an unknown suspect who began assaulting him” with a knife.

Police did not say how extensive the man’s wounds were, but they added that he was taken to the hospital for a “laceration.”

Authorities haven’t released lookout information for the suspect.

by Tim Regan April 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Adams MorganLocals will be able to taste their way through Adams Morgan next Tuesday.

Nearby restaurants will throw open their doors for the annual Taste of Adams Morgan celebration, an event that invites the public to “stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

22 eateries including Bourbon, El Tamarindo,  Madam’s Organ, Pop’s SeaBar and Roofers Union are set to highlight “their signature dishes or cocktails” starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Eventbrite listing.

Tickets are $25 for four tastings or $40 for eight tastings.

by Andrew Ramonas April 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm 0

1300 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)An assailant with a stun gun shocked a woman while she was with a 10-year-old boy in Columbia Heights yesterday afternoon, police said.

The attack happened on the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW about 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The area is a block south of the Columbia Heights Metro station.

The boy and the woman, who is 29 years old, were in an alley on the block when three people came up to them, according to authorities. The three individuals then physically assaulted the woman.

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by Tim Regan April 29, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

It finally happened.

After years of planning and plenty of fundraising, Dupont Underground officially opened its inaugural exhibit “Raise/Raze” to a small crowd of journalists, artists and local leaders earlier this morning.

Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember At-Large David Grosso, ANC 2B’s Daniel Warwick and members of the Dupont Underground board were among those that attended the event.

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by Borderstan Contributor April 29, 2016 at 10:15 am 11 Comments

1800 Columbia Road NW revised rendering (Image via ANC 1C/PN Hoffman)

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Dear Neighbor,

PN Hoffman is excited to create a mixed-use development and thoughtfully enhance the plaza area to activate the corner at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. I’d like to share with you the key aspects of this development, explain our collaborative approach and invite you to provide us with your feedback and support.

The community benefits offered by the redevelopment plan for 1800 Columbia are numerous, and a few are highlighted below:

  • The project will include a new 58-unit condominium building with a portion of the units set aside as affordable housing; this enables homeownership in an established community where new housing supply is limited;
  • Neighborhood-serving ground floor retail; creates a dynamic and enlivened streetscape that will engage pedestrians while reconnecting the retail on both Columbia Road and 18th Street;
  • A re-envisioned plaza that will activate and reinvigorate this important corner with landscaping and seating providing opportunities for a variety of community gatherings and an aesthetically pleasing entrance to the Adams Morgan neighborhood;
  • The project will be sustainable, bringing new local jobs to the neighborhood, seeking LEED Silver level certification, and providing green roofs and rain gardens.

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by Tim Regan April 29, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

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‘Smash and Grab’ Crimes on the Rise — D.C. Police says thieves are breaking into cars in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle at an increasing rate. Officers are working around the clock to catch the alleged criminals, said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier officers  Authorities also recently launched an effort to place colored faux-tickets on cars with valuables left inside. [WJLA]

Tail Up Goat a ‘Flavorful Party’ — Those are the words of Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema on the Adams Morgan restaurant. He awarded the new eatery a “good/excellent” 2.5 stars. [Washington Post]

Birds, Squirrels Avoid Jumbo Slice in Adams Morgan — Huge slices of pizza: loved by inebriated partiers, apparently hated by local wildlife. An in-depth investigation from Stuck in DC revealed squirrels and birds weren’t into the jumbo slices from three Adams Morgan pizzerias. [Stuck in DC]

Laogai Museum Founder Dies — Harry Wu, political dissident and founder of the Laogai Museum in Dupont, died this week while on vacation. He was 79 years old. [Washington Post]

by Andrew Ramonas April 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Vermont Avenue Garden (Work) Party (Photo via Facebook/Ted Eytan)

Locals are set to converge on the U Street corridor with mulch, flowers and shovels for a little spring gardening this weekend.

The 13th annual “Vermont Avenue Garden (Work) Party” is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents interested in participating should meet at the African American Civil War Memorial at U Street and Vermont Avenue NW.

No experience or tools are required to help. But volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, small trowels, shovels, kneeling pads and wheelbarrows, if they have them.

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by Tim Regan April 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : Eat the RichA bar in Shaw will celebrate May 4, an annual unofficial annual “Star Wars” holiday, with drink specials, costumes and giveaways next week.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) will resemble Mos Eisley Cantina between May 2 and 6 for “Star Wars Week,” the bar said yesterday in a Facebook post.

“Driven by our staff, we’re initiating our first annual Star Wars Week, May 3rd through May 6th,” the posting reads. “We’ll be featuring a special Star Wars cocktail menu, passing out schwag and dressing up as our favorite characters.”

Additionally, patrons who dress up as their favorite characters will get 10 percent off their bill, and everyone will receive “Han Solo Cup” shots on the house every time the “Mos Eisley Cantina theme” plays in the bar.

Photo via Facebook / Eat the Rich

by Andrew Ramonas April 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A record store that has spent more than a decade in Adams Morgan is set to shut down next month over health concerns.

Crooked Beat Records at 2116 18th St. NW is slated to close May 29 due to “serious respiratory problems” owner Bill Daly developed while working in the shop, according to a post published today on the store’s Facebook page.

The “old” building, which Crooked Beat has occupied since 2004, has “too many problems” that “have been constant, aggravating and very stressful” during the past year, the announcement says.

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by Nicholas Braswell April 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

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Nicholas Braswell is a criminal defense attorney in Richmond who recently left the Office of the Public Defender to join the ranks of Price Benowitz. Mr. Braswell handles a wide range of criminal defense matters, ranging from white collar allegations to serious felonies to DUI defense in the greater Richmond area.

On Wednesday, April 27, the Supreme Court will hear former Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal on his federal corruption conviction, in which he will claim that he did not violate Virginia law when he accepted over $177,000 in gifts from Star Scientific’s CEO Jonnie Williams, Jr.

Such gifts included a Rolex watch, about $20,000 in designer clothes for McDonnell’s wife, $15,000 for their daughter’s wedding, and several paid trips and golf outings.

According to Solicitor General Don Verrilli, McDonnell “solicited and secretly accepted personal benefits in exchange for ‘official acts’ that fall within the definition federal law has given that term for more than a century.”

In 2014, McDonnell and his wife were convicted on 11 counts of corruption, the decision being upheld by the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. His two-year prison sentence, as well as that of his wife, is currently on hold while the Supreme Court appeal proceeds.

The Supreme Court will also hear Mrs. McDonnell’s case at a later date, since her appeal is currently on hold, pending the result of her husband’s case.

In legal briefs, McDonnell has argued, “Close relationships between business leaders, lobbyists, and public officials are commonplace.” His argument also cites the Citizens United case of 2010, in which the Court endorsed “routine courtesies” between politicians and wealthy businesspeople.

The question the Court will have to decide on Wednesday is whether or not such behavior is illegal, or if it is simply a distasteful but acceptable norm of the relationship between politics and the wealthy.

The absence of Justice Antonin Scalia due to his death in February may have a negative impact on McDonnell’s case, considering the late Justice was a “strong voice for these types of issues,” according to one of McDonnell’s lawyers.

If the Supreme Court upholds McDonnell’s conviction, the ruling could have a major impact on clarifying bribery laws and serious repercussions for politicians and public officials.

By defining the difference between bribery and routine actions or courtesies to constituents, the Supreme Court will potentially put wide-reaching constraints on politician-constituent relationships.

Borderstan contributor and law firm sponsor Price Benowitz LLP. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author — our contributor and law firm sponsor Price Benowitz LLP — and do not necessarily reflect the views of Borderstan.

by Tim Regan April 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

Yoga in the Park, photo via Golden Triangle BIDOne of the Golden Triangle BID’s most popular annual events will make its triumphant return next month.

Fitness instructors will hold yoga and pilates classes in Farragut Park and barre sessions in the plaza at 2100 M St. NW every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening starting May 17, the BID announced this week.

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by Andrew Ramonas April 28, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

Homicide reward flyer (Image via MPD)

Detectives still are working to make an arrest in a fatal shooting in Adams Morgan earlier this month, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said last night.

Speaking at a Ward 1 community meeting on safety, Lanier said she can’t say much about the investigation into the April 17 assault that killed 35-year-old Jayvon Marshman of Southeast D.C. and injured another man, as police continue to work to close the case.

“It’s still a very active case,” Lanier said.

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by Tim Regan April 28, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Public Safety Meeting April, photo via Twitter : Brianne Nadeau

Dupont Underground Tickets Sell Out — If you haven’t gotten your tickets to Dupont Underground’s inaugural exhibit, Raise/Raze, you might be out of luck. Tickets for the underground art space’s show sold out yesterday, according to its Eventbrite page. The exhibit debuts Saturday. [Dupont Underground]

Whitman-Walker Releases Details on Elizabeth Taylor Center Development — The building that held Whitman-Walker’s former health clinic will be incorporated into a six-story structure with ground-floor retail and restaurants. [Washington Business Journal]

Shuffleboard and Booze at Logan Circle’s Newest Bar — Radiator, Kimpton’s new cocktail bar at the Mason and Rook Hotel (1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW), opens today. From adult versions of kids’ games to sundaes, here’s what to expect. [Washington City Paper; Eater D.C.]

Masa 14 Launches Tasting Counter —  14th Street’s Masa 14 will launch a tasting program where diners sit at a 12-seat counter facing the kitchen. But it’s not cheap. Patrons must pay $80 for the experience, or $125 for dinner and drinks. [Washingtonian]

Dupont Cosi Closing — Today is the last normal day of business for the Cosi just south of Dupont Circle, the company announced. [Borderstan]

Photo via Twitter / Brianne Nadeau

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