by Borderstan.com February 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm 1 Comment

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Asefu’s Yegna Restaurant/1920DC on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Asefu’s Yegna Restaurant and 1920dc, both operating under a single alcoholic beverage license at 1920 9th Street NW, had their license revoked by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board in an order released Wednesday.

The revocation was in response to a series of infractions for serving alcohol during prohibited hours.

Temporary Shutdown

Asefu’s and 1920dc had been shut down for 96 hours by Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier late Saturday (1920dc Shut Down After Saturday Morning Homicide) in response to a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning (Man Shot, Killed Early Saturday, 1900 Block 9th Street NW).

The liquor license revocation, however, was not related to the temporary shutdown. The ABC Board noted that the investigatory case related to the shutdown was moot as a result of the revocation order.

The ABC Board’s order found evidence that owner Asefu Alemayehu allowed the establishment to serve alcohol during unauthorized hours in a 2011 incident. On July 5, 2011, an investigator from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) visited the premises at 3:49 am and witnessed approximately 20 customers inside drinking beer. D.C. law allows for alcohol to only be served until 2:00 am on Tuesdays.

At a hearing in the case in January 2013, the ABC Board rejected a compromise offer that would have led to a shutdown for the establishments between February 18 and February 27, payment of a $3,000 fine, and a transfer of the liquor license.

Why the License was Revoked

In Wednesday’s order, the Board said they were revoking the license under their discretionary authority and because of a legal requirement to do so. Under D.C. law, an establishment automatically loses its liquor license after four serious violations in four years. In addition to the 2011 incident, Alemayehu was convicted of violations related to serving during unauthorized hours in September 2008, May 2009, and April 2010.

The Board expressed disappointment with these repeated violations in its order, noting “by repeatedly remaining open past its Board-approved hours, the Respondent has shown she cannot comply with the law, and that she has no regard for public safety, or the quality of life of residents.” The Board voted 4-1 to accept the order with Chairperson Ruthanne Miller disagreeing on revocation as a penalty.

These violations all occurred before hip hop bar 1920dc opened in July 2012, but because of the shared liquor license, that establishment can no longer serve alcohol. A tweet from 1920dc said the bar is “officially closed due to the revocation of the liquor license.”

February 23 Homicide

In Saturday’s homicide case, 24 year old Cedric Spicer was arrested in the shooting death of 30 year old Joseph Hardin (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street NW Homicide). Spicer made an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court Monday and was charged with first degree murder while armed. He is being held without bond in the D.C. Jail. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for March 14.

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by Borderstan.com February 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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Simon Vintage at 1911 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Borderstan is a neighborhood full of vintage shops and quirky boutiques. GoodWood, Ginger Root Design and Miss Pixie’s are just a few in the 14th and U Street area — but wander east towards 9th Street NW and you’ll find even more hidden treasure.

Simon Vintage opened last year at  1911 9th Street (the former location of Toucan Boutique). The two-story shop, owned by Sean Reidy and Steven Cruse, offers a variety of furniture, home goods, toys and hardware with pieces ranging from Art Deco to mid-century style and even lightly used contemporary furniture.

The shop schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 pm.

Let us know what you find!

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 Comments

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1920dc was temporarily closed after Saturday morning’s homicide in front of the venue on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier temporarily shut down 1920dc, a hip hop bar 1920 9th Street NW, following a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning. The shutdown went into effect late Saturday and lasts for 96 hours.

Derek Spicer, 24, was arrested and charged with first degree murder while armed in the death of Joseph Hardin, 30 (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street Homicide). There are conflicting reports as to the events leading up to the shooting death of Hardin.

A manager of 1920dc told The Washington Post that Hardin had been in an argument in the bar earlier in the night but had left the premises. The manager said he went outside and saw a verbal dispute with Hardin and three other men. A gunman, who the manager claims had not been in the bar that evening, approached Hardin from across the street and shot him multiple times.

However, according to a report from ABC 7, both Hardin and Spicer had been in the bar and began arguing inside the premises before leaving. Based on that report, the shooting occurred about 10 to 15 minutes after both men left the bar.

According to a police report, an officer responding to the shooting saw Spicer running towards him wearing a mask. He was apprehended after dropping a handgun on the street.

Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005. Such closures can occur when “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”

Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge, Tabaq Bistro, Indulj and Tap & Parlour after violent incidents. All these establishments later reopened after hearings before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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by Borderstan.com February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Looking south on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (File photo, Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest in a homicide in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW early Saturday morning (Man Shot, Killed Early Saturday, 1900 Block of 9th Street NW).

MPD patrol officers located the suspect nearby and arrested 24 year old Cedric Spicer of Northwest DC. Spicer is charged with first degree murder while armed. It is not clear if police are searching for additional suspects as the initial crime alert about the incident mentioned two armed suspects.

The victim, 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria, was shot multiple times in the head just after 1 am.

When DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene, Hardin was unconscious and not breathing and he was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where he was pronounced dead.

According to some reports, the shooting occurred at 1920 9th Street NW, outside of hip hop bar 1920 DC. The investigation by MPD continues.

Homicides are rare in the Borderstan area. This was the first in 2013 and just one official homicide occurred in all of 2012 (DC Records Lowest Number of Homicides Since 1961).

Police Alerts, More Information

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com February 23, 2013 at 9:05 am 4 Comments

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A man was shot in the head and died around 1:16 am Saturday, February 23, on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, according to DC Police. The lookout is for two men wearing ski masks and armed with guns.

The man was killed just south of U Street NW. DC Police confirmed the man’s death this morning; more details are expected today. Homicides are rare in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

The DC Police Alert: “SHOOTING 0116 HOURS 1900 BLOCK 9TH STREET NW LOOKOUT FOR (2) B/M’S, WEARING MASKS, AND DARK CLOTHING, BOTH ARMED WITH HANDGUNS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130083484, Sent on: 02/23 01:23”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “3D Shooting //1900 blk 9th St NW //Adult male shot in the head unconscious not breathing /LOF (2) B/M’s wearing mask armed w guns /6559”

Police Alerts, More Information

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com February 16, 2013 at 7:52 am 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with the use of force and violence at 9:26 pm, Friday, February 15, at 9th and S Streets NW, according to the DC Police Twitter feed and Police Alert. More details are below; no lookout for the suspect was given.

From DC Police Alerts: “Robbery Force and Violence_2126hrs_9th St NW & S St NW_No lookout given DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130072414, Sent on: 02/15 21:45.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “3D Robbery Force and Violence/9th St NW & S St NW/No lookout given/5269.”

Police Alerts, More Information

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com January 29, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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Sitting at Table with  Chef Frederik de Pue. Click above for a photo visit of Table. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See more photos of Table on Flickr.

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Table opened its doors at 903 N Street NW the weekend of the presidential inauguration. Located just a block away from the Convention Center, the restaurant was slammed with eager diners — even with its sidewalks blocked off for security.

Since that incredibly busy weekend, Chef and owner Frederik de Pue was able to catch his breath and dish with us on his new Shaw restaurant.

From its simple and seasonal European selections, to handwritten menus, open kitchen and cozy space, Chef de Pue designed Table to make his customers feel at home.

De Pue decided to make Table a reality a little less than a year ago, right around the time he acquired his two-story Shaw location.

Since then, he’s had his hand in all of the design and style elements of the 46-seat restaurant — originally an auto repair shop — including hanging reclaimed hardwood floors from the ceiling.

“Everything was hand touched,” he said. “I thought it would be a great idea to hang (the floors) from the ceiling, so I started hanging it with wires. It looks very easy, but it isn’t. It’s a good final product. I am very pleased.”

Chef de Pue mentioned that so far, his customers have really liked the simplicity of the design, as well.

“They love it — they come in and their neighbors are here waiting for them,” he said.

The interior is minimal with light wood tables, white rustic linens and silver.

The menus, which change frequently based on seasonal availability, are handwritten in notebooks, stashed in a hanging herb garden by the front door.

Food options range. De Pue offers everything from the somewhat expected (mussels, salmon and monkfish) to the unexpected (Bison hanger steak, burgundy snails, frog legs and stuffed squid). Ricotta fritters and pumpkin bread pudding make an appearance for dessert.

The bar offers craft beer and about 20 wines by the glass, including a small selection of Champagnes. Cocktail lovers be warned, there is no liquor.

Table is open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com January 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

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Table is ready to open January 18. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Table finally received the go and Chef Frederik de Pue announced today that they will be opening  Friday, January 18 at 5 pm.

He says “We’re all very ready and excited to get people in to experience the space, to taste the food we’ve been working on, and to enjoy themselves at our new spot.”

The restaurant’s handwritten menus will change frequently to reflect fresh produce and quality meats available from local and regional purveyors. Sample menus are available on the website. For more information on Table’s  follow the restaurant on Twitter or Facebook.

Originally an auto repair space, the restaurant building has been restored to a contemporary dining establishment with modern decor. Table will have a storefront patio and rooftop deck for seasonal outdoor seating.

Table at 903 N Street NW will be open during inauguration and the Federal holidays although its regular schedule will be Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 pm-11 pm, Thursday and Saturday, 5 pm-midnight, and Sunday, 5 pm – 10 pm. Closed Mondays. The restaurant is planing on adding breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch beginning February.

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by Borderstan.com December 7, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,298 0

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com. 

Ethiopia is 60 percent Ethiopian Orthodox Christian — a religion that requires its members to fast quite often, including most Wednesday and Fridays and sometimes for weeks at a time before holidays.

The thought of refraining from meat, dairy, eggs and sex may cause some to hark back to Billy Crystal’s famously and probably insensitive joke from the classic When Harry Met Sally: “Hey, I didn’t know that they had food in Ethiopia. This will be a quick meal. I’ll order two empty plates and we can leave!”

At the blending of U Street and Shaw neighborhoods, however, Ethiopian food overflows platters and plates 24/7. Classics like Dukem are mainstays of the neighborhood and considered a must on the DC eating bucket list. While others, like Lalibela or Habesha Market quietly nestle between storefronts.

Part I profiles the famous Ethiopian of the District while Part II explores the lesser-known stores that hopefully outlast gentrification–as their authenticity brings us another kind of unique culinary experience. Just make sure you and your friends have washed your hands first!

"Ethiopia"Dukem Restaurant at 12th and U streets has for years topped the city’s “Best Of” lists and receives the highest accolades and reviews. Its outdoor patio overlooks the bustling U Street bar scene while its next-door mini mart offers quick take-out and a small selection of grains and spices. Dukem is a great setting for a larger party, and two platters provides plenty of food for a group of six-to-eight.

I recommend the beef tibs as an addition to a spicy platter–served on top of the edible placemat “injera” are “wots,” or stews, of a variety of meat and vegetable tastings. Dukem also offers vegetarian platters as well as a mild option for the more sensitive diners. I personally do not have the palate for the sweet honey wine called “Tej,” but the verdict is that it is the perfect complement to authenticate the experience.

3 of My Favorites

"Ethiopia"Etete Restaurant around the corner at 9th and U streets is equally as good as Dukem to me and priced similarly to Dukem. The sambusas are larger though and delicious – a must try – and the vegetarian platter is incredible. An add-on of Tegabino Shiro is a wonderful addition poured into the center of the various wots and rounds out a meat-free meal with a smoky taste.

I will caution though that the wines are quite expensive compared to the price of the food itself, and a store-bought cheap bottle easily runs up the tab on what would have been a relatively inexpensive meal. Etete’s two floors give it plenty of space though, with no need for reservations while maintaining a more intimate experience.

"Ethiopia"Habesha Market across the street is the least known of the three and may be my favorite, as it embodies the whole experience of the food itself. The front end of the market is positioned similar to a typical carry out. However, the back end contains not only wall-to-wall shelves of dried grains, injera and other specialty products, but a full view into the kitchen.

True, it makes the food itself appear a bit more like it’s coming out of a cafeteria lunch-line, but the smell and the price are savory enough to overlook the details. A full Doro Wat of six vegetarian choices costs less than $10, leaving you extra money to buy a beer or two right there (the market has a liquor license). Rumor told me that the owner is a sibling of the owner at Dukem, so one has to trust a good family recipe at a fraction of the price!

Next week, I will profile three more Ethiopian restaurants as well as provide a fuller background of Ethiopian culinary tradition.

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by Borderstan.com November 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,481 0

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Darryl Carter to open a new store and studio on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

One of the city’s most respected interior designers, Darryl Carter, is building a design studio among the construction and development on 9th Street NW in Shaw. Carter, who has authored two design books and has worked as a designer since 1998, is renovating the 19th-century commercial property into a design store and studio.
According to an article in The Washington Post, the property includes “a two-story building at 1320 9th Street NW, parts of which are pre-Civil War, and a carriage house in back facing cobblestone Naylor Court.”
Carter plans to sell furniture (some antique and some he designed) and accessories in the store, and staff the carriage house with designers for consultations on room design, color selections and other services his business offers. According to The Post article, Carter also plans to host art shows in the new space. “I want it to be a neighborhood gathering place,” he said in the article.

Carter bought the property in 2008 and has since worked on renovating and collecting different materials for the space, including salvaged and reclaimed materials.

According to Carter’s staff, the new store is expected to open November 24th. The details on hours of operation are still unclear, but new space will be open on weekends.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,202 0

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Rooftop: “The Garden” at 1905  Restaurant is open. Click above to see more images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens.

You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Follow her on Twitter at @frijolita and email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com.

Spring and summer practically beg for a rooftop high enough to enjoy a whisp of a breeze that can cool you down. A view of something other than the black top of another rooftop is a bonus, not necessary but a bonus!

So where’s a gal to go? Well, there’s no dearth of patios, rooftops and beautiful views in Borderstan, but something new, something special? That’s where 1905‘s rooftop comes in.

I’m an unabashed fan of 1905 – especially the lamb sandwich – and their rooftop has only enhanced my love for the place. To the south you see the Washington monument. To the north you see dappled skies and the outline of apartment buildings. It’s up high enough for that breeze I mentioned earlier, and with a bar to service just the higher up crowd you won’t be lacking for a cocktail or glass of wine to go with it.

If I had to tell you one thing, it would be go, go now! And consider it your premier 4th of July spot because with views like this you won’t be missing a thing! Like the name says, the restaurant is at 1905 9th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm 0

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Frank Asher at OLD CITY green (Luis Gomez Photos).

OLD CITY green is hosting its fourth annual fundraiser roast this Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, the “Cinco de Mayo Pig Roast & Garden Fundraiser.” The party is at the garden store at the corner of 9th and N Streets NW.

Cost is $25 and tickets can be purchased online ($30 if you pay on site). All proceeds will support Wangari Gardens, a local gardening project co-founded by Sarah, one of OLD CITY green’s master gardeners.

What to expect? Owner Frank Asher lists the following:

  • A locally raised pig roasted by a D.C. celebrity neighborhood chef.
  • Roast chicken with achiote provided by Seasonal Pantry.
  • Veggie taco fixin’s made with D.C. grown veggies and herbs.
  • Bring a Cinco de Mayo inspired dish made with your favorite local ingredients!

Asher says, “Invite friends, family, neighbors, and dates for a fun-filled night of mariachi music, delicious eats, and some great drinks to quench your thirst — think cervezas, margaritas, limeade, sangria.”

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by Borderstan.com May 3, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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"Shaw Racing" is by s.paykin from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Shaw Racing” was taken on 9th Street NW by s.paykin on January 9.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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“Down 9th NW” is by s.paykin from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Down 9th NW” was taken by s.paykin on January 9. The Washington Convention is at the left in the photo.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com April 11, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,399 0

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Nellie Dogs: City Dogs Rescue held an adoption day on Saturday in front of Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and email him at luis[AT]borderstan.com. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day.

City Dogs Rescue was outside Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street last Saturday with three dogs up for adoption: Hans, Lucky and Meme. If you missed them, look for them again tonight, April 11, at Nellie’s — it’s SmartAss! Trivia and Dog Night. The games begin at 8pm, and the dogs will be upstairs.

City Dogs Rescue was formed in September 2011 as a volunteer-based, non-profit organization (with pending 501(c)(3) status) to rescue adoptable dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters where resources are severely limited. Many of the dogs that City Dogs Rescue takes in are just days and sometimes hours away from being euthanized, for no reason other than lack of space. Since September, 32 dogs from City Dogs Rescue have been adopted by individuals and families in the DC metro area.

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