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DC9 Death Ruled a Homicide

The D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has completed and released the autopsy results for Ali Ahmed Mohammed, confirming it was a homicide, TBD reports. Cause of death was explained as ‘Excited Delirium Associated With Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, Alcohol Intoxication and Physical Exertion With Restraint’.


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PNC Bank 14th Street NW Logan Circle

The PNC Bank branch at 1405 P Street NW was robbed Thursday afternoon. No one was injured, but the suspect was reported armed with a gun. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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D.C. Reacts Calmly to Snow

Or not.

WMATA Introduces Concept of Random Bag Checks

In a WMATA meeting described as “bonkers” by TBD, two chairmen announced their resignations (one expected, one was a surprise) and Metro announced their new random bag inspection policy. Riders can decline the inspection and leave the station, but I doubt that will be viewed as a pleasant or innocent act. Safety first, I guess?

PNC Bank Robbed

Be careful around the neighborhood at ATM’s and banks. The PNC Bank branch at 14th and P Street NW was robbed around 2 pm Thursday afternoon. The police report said the suspect flashed a gun, so in all seriousness, be cautious and stay safe.

Height Act Raises Ire at Meeting

Washington City Paper has a ‘think piece’ that’s worth checking out on the much-debated Height Act that restricts buildings in D.C. Originally enacted for fire safety, it was Borderstan’s own Cairo Hotel’s height that pushed the city to codify the limit. Love the city vistas? Want more space in hopes of lower rent? Hate the pun in the headline? Tell us in the comments!

Finally, a List D.C. Does Well On!

Kwame Brown shared a Washington Business Journal list that took a look at all 50 states (and us), and ranked them in order of most women-owned business.  D.C. was ranked first with 34.5% of all businesses in the city owned by women.

DC9 Stays Dark

TBD reports that, despite being cleared to open on Wednesday, DC9 stayed dark. No one seems sure why, but a handful of loyal regulars stopped by to find out the bad news. Protests were expected, but absent. The long-awaited autopsy report on the cause of Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s death should be available soon, and expect a full ABRA review of the bar at that time.

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Thursday: What Would You Pay for $680 of Fun at Duffy’s

Thursday, Dec. 9: Some great items are on the list for the silent auction at this Thursday’s holiday party of the U Street Neighborhood Association. Time is 7 pm at Marvin, 2007 14th St. NW (no admission). A silent auction fundraiser is part of festivities and items include Black Cat New Year’s Eve Ball – 2 tickets to the ball with Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra; Nightclub 9:30 – 2 tickets to Gogol Bordello on Dec. 30; and Duffy’s Irish Restaurant and Pub Get the private party room  with 5 cases of PBR and 100 wings! (about $680 worth of fun). There’s more — get the full list of silent auction items at the association’s website.

Public Safety 305 Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 7: Tonight is the monthly meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which serves the U Street area. Time is 7 to 8:15 pm at the DC Housing Finance Agency Street, 815 Florida Ave. NW. The public is encouraged to come, along with MPD, Howard University Police and community group representatives.

ABC Board Unable to See Police File on DC9

When making a decision on whether to allow DC9 to reopen following the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed, the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board tried to obtain relevant documents from the police. But that request was a no-go. The City Desk over at the Washington City Paper had the story on Friday.

Weekend: MidCity Holly Days on 14th and U Corridor

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12: The MidCity Business Association is sponsoring its Holly Days weekend, Dec. 11-12. Events are on or just off the 14th and U Street corridors. Shops, galleries and restaurants will feature events, specials and giveaways with local artists, artisans, musicians, DJs and more. Get the complete list at MCBA’s website.

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From Michelle Lancaster

DC9 Stays Closed

TBD’s Sommer Mathis, as well as our own Tom Hay, reported Wednesday that the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board voted unanimously to deny a motion to reconsider the suspension of the nightclub’s liquor license. Regular readers know the ongoing investigation into Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s death outside the club is far from being resolved, and the ruling reflected that lack of finality. The next hearing will be on Dec. 1.

But Hank’s May Soon Be Even More Open

We’re deep into ‘R’ months, known as the best time to slurp down bivalves. After an agreement with ANC 2B and Hank’s, you may be able to do so for a bit longer on the patio. Check out the details in our piece here. Also… while you’re at it, see what 14th & You has to say on the matter.

The Sky is Falling!

Or just a metro ceiling. WTOP has the full story on how jackhammering on Connecticut Ave. near Farragut North compromised the ceiling at the metro. While we’re on the subject, here’s We Love DC’s story on how a task force has just recommended Metro governance changes. No one was harmed from the ceiling debris, by the way.

Your Friday Good Deed

If you saw a cyclist struck by a car at 17thSt. and New Hampshire Ave. on Oct. 21, please help him out and visit StruckDC.

14th & V: Progress on La Fonda

U Street Girl reports progress on the interior of the former AM/PM carryout store at 14th and V NW. A new restaurant, La Fonda, is going into the space.

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From Tom Hay


Protesters gather outside ABRA Headquarters on U Street as hearing on DC9 nightclub gets underway. (Tom Hay)

The DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board ruled unanimously to deny a motion for reconsideration on the reopening of the DC9 nightclub.

The nightclub, located at 1940 9th St. NW, was the scene of an altercation between Ali Mohammed and DC9 staff in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. Mohammed died later that day and a medical examiner’s on the cause of death has yet to be released. The full medical examiner’s report could take up to 90 days to complete.

The hearing, before a packed room of spectators and a crowd of protestors outside, gave DC9’s representative Andrew Kline an opportunity to present to the Board more details on the club’s enhanced security.


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From Michelle Lancaster

What Actually Happened at DC9?

The answer seems to be that no one really knows. After the death of a man outside the nightclub, D.C. MPD immediately went on the offensive against ‘vigilante justice’ and referred to the incident as a homicide. But wait just a second – the coroner is still reviewing the cause of death and now all charges have been dropped against all five named defendants. On top of that, the ‘bloody crosswalk’ photos attached to the emerging story were from a different location and a different incident. TBD has the story.

Circulator to… Circulate More has the scoop on the newest Circulator bus routes. Of particular interest to Borderstan readers should be the Adams-Morgan/U St./Florida Avenue/H St. NE route and proposed expansion of the Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont route to 14th and U NW. Why’s that? It’s good, green news for local residents. Just keep in mind that your new favorite hot spots on 14th St. may have just gotten a bit more accessible to the B&T crowd, so plan accordingly.

Parting Gift for Fenty Workers?

A recent meeting yielded a packet of information given to Fenty Cabinet heads, advising them of their ‘separation pay’ options. As Washington Business Journal reports, cabinet members may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of severance if they stick it out until Dec. 17. While not quite a golden parachute, or even the bonuses of the Williams years, it is nonetheless an interesting expenditure of funds in a tight budget year.


D.C. is looking for an alibi after Travel and Leisure decided to name us the sixth least attractive city in the United States. WTOP has the whole sad assessment of our unattractive, unfriendly and style-challenged town.

by November 3, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

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From Michelle Lancaster

Did You Vote?

D.C. residents may not have much sway in the balance of Congressional power, but there were still plenty of reasons to vote last night in the elections. The Top 10 lists were flying around on Twitter, but we’re partial to the list developed by Its political season, pandering is acceptable! Full analysis of results on the City Council and ANC’s to follow in the coming week.

Shaw Voting Altercation‘s Sommer Mathis has the report on the bizarre drama at a Shaw precinct. ANC Commissioner and current Chairwoman of ANC 2C was transported as a precaution to the hospital, after a ‘tussle’ with Convention Center Community Association Chairman Martin Moulton. It seems the verbal altercation escalated and the elderly Brooks fell.  DC politics, folks – they are never boring (especially in Shaw)!

Update on DC9 Death

The controversy over the cause of Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s death after an incident at DC9 may have to wait until December to be settled, Washington City Paper reports. Despite the fact that the delay seems unusual, the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says there’s nothing unusual and have 60-90 days to submit their report.

And Finally, a Bit of Levity

We are sure you took your civic responsibility seriously enough to knock back a few to celebrate or mourn election results yesterday evening. So while you are recovering, you can either mock or celebrate better days by reviewing Saturday’s Rally for Sanity signs, thanks to the Washington Post.

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From Michelle Lancaster

Death at DC9 Friday Morning

Few things are clear about the events that took place outside DC9 in the early morning hours of Friday, October 15th. What we do know is that after an altercation outside of the club, 5 DC9 employees were arrested in connection with the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed. Washington City Paper has a thorough recap and check out TBD‘s ‘evolution’ of the story through Twitter. A vigil was held last night and we’ll have our story this evening.

Shots Fired at the Pentagon

A story that got less local coverage than you’d expect was this morning’s shooting at the Pentagon. WTOP has the report – a high-powered rifle fired between five and seven shots at the Pentagon building this morning. No one was injured and little damage was done, other than a few windowpanes being shattered.

MidCity Arts District – The Whole Story

TBD’s Sommer Mathis has an incredibly thorough history of the Mid City Arts District branding, from inception to grant disbursement. This project has grown quite contentious with the local residents. Read her story and it will all suddenly make sense why branding and banners have raised this much ire. Also, see Tom Hay’s most recent piece on the subject, Arts District Branding: What’s Next?

Jury Selection Started in Levy Case

And just outside of Borderstan… The Post has the download on day two of the Chandra Levy jury selection. In the ultimate civic multiple choice test, a 55-page questionnaire was given to prospective jurors as attorneys attempt to find Washingtonians who don’t remember the summer of Levy, Condit and full out fear of Rock Creek Park after dark.

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Get information and listings for live music at 10 venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Danny Shapiro

Take my advice, and get your tickets now to see these upcoming gigs later this month and in November – all of which will be stellar shows. Please note that I’ve only included the main acts in this list. This weekend’s regular music listing is below the fold.

  • Thursday, October 21 @ Black Cat: Mayer Hawthorne & The County ($20)
  • Also Thursday, October 21 @ Rock and Roll Hotel: School of Seven Bells ($12/$14)
  • Sunday, October 24 @ Rock and Roll Hotel: Eisley ($15)
  • Also Sunday, October 24 @ DC9: Matthew Dear ($12/$14)
  • Thursday, October 28 @ 9:30 Club: Local Natives ($16)
  • Sunday, October 31 @ 9:30 Club: Blonde Redhead ($25)
  • Monday, November 1 @ 9:30 Club: Freightened Rabbit ($20)
  • Tuesday, November 2 @ 9:30 Club: The Script ($25)
  • Thursday, November 4 @ Rock and Roll Hotel: Bedouin Soundclash ($13/$15)
  • Friday, November 5 @ 9:30 Club: Ra Ra Riot ($18)
  • Saturday, November 6 @ Black Cat: Freelance Whales ($12)
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 8 & 9 @ 9:30 Club: Jonsi (of Sigur Ros) ($35)
  • Monday, November 15 @ Black Cat: Glasser ($10/$12)
  • Tuesday, November 16 @ Black Cat: Tame Impala ($15)
  • Also Tuesday, November 16 @ DC9: Jenny Owens Youngs ($10/$12)
  • Tuesday, November 23 @ Black Cat (JUNIP – Jose Gonzalez, Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn) ($15)

Tickets for the 9:30 Club and Black Cat can be purchased at the box office (avoiding those pesky service charges!). Black Cat only takes cash, fyi, and make sure you call ahead at the 9:30 Club to ensure that the box office is open when you want to go.

The weekly music listing for 10 venues in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area is below the fold.



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