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by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

2200 block of Champlain Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a mask flashed two guns at a woman and robbed her in Adams Morgan over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 2220 block of Champlain Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

The victim and another woman were walking under the Marie Reed Aquatic Center breezeway when a car with five men drove near them, according to authorities. Soon after, one of the men got out of the car and pulled out two handguns.


by Andrew Ramonas — January 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

500 block of Gresham Place NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man with a gun robbed a Howard University student by his dormitory last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened outside The Charles R. Drew Hall on the 500 block of Gresham Place NW about 9 p.m. Monday. The dorm is at the northern end of Howard’s campus.

The student was walking near the dorm when a silver sport utility vehicle pulled up to him, according to authorities. A passenger in the SUV then hopped out and flashed a large silver handgun at the student.


by Tim Regan — November 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm 0

Photo via Howard.eduAn unconfirmed anonymous source who seemingly claimed to be an ex-student of Missouri University violently threatened Howard University students yesterday, according to multiple reports.

The message, which appears to have been posted on the website 4chan, threatened to harm the university’s students at 10, though it was unclear whether the threat-writer meant a.m. or p.m.

“Any n—–s left at Howard University after 10 tomorrow will be the first to go,” reads the online posting, which has so far only appeared in screenshot form on Twitter.

“We are aware of the threat made against the University and its students and are working with campus, local and federal law enforcement on this serious matter,” Howard University said in a statement regarding the threats this afternoon.

Some professors have cancelled class over the incident, reported DCist and Washington City Paper.

Photo via Howard.edu

by Tim Regan — October 23, 2015 at 7:15 am 0

Police arrested three people suspected of shooting a man in a car near Howard University early this morning.

According to police, three suspects shot at a car near the corner of Georgia Ave. and Euclid St. NW around 4:00 a.m. this morning. Police said at least one bullet struck the man who was driving the car. The man then drove to the corner of 7th and S streets NW to report the incident, said police.

Police continued: “Moments later, three subjects were stopped in the 200 block of V St. NW. The three subjects were placed under arrest for assault with a dangerous weapon.”

Third District Commander Jeffrey Carroll said the man sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting. WUSA9 reported that the man was shot in the arm.

by Sean Meehan — September 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

Howard University Run to Glory 5k, photo via Twitter.com/BisonHomecoming

A crowd of runners will occupy several roads near Howard University tomorrow as they compete in the school’s “Sprinting for Glory” 5K race.

The run is part of Howard’s homecoming week celebrations, which start Saturday and end Oct. 3.

Streets along the race route will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to noon, including:

  • W Street NW between 4th and 6th streets NW
  • 6th Street NW between W and Gersham streets NW
  • 4th Street NW between Bryant and W streets NW

The name of the race comes from this year’s homecoming theme: Glory. A portion of the proceeds from the race will go to the Diabetes Treatment Center at Howard University Hospital.

Individuals or teams of runners can register for the race online.

Photo via Twitter.com/BisonHomecoming

by Tim Regan — September 8, 2015 at 9:20 am 0

700 Greshman Place, photo via Street ViewA man was stabbed following an altercation that occurred near Howard University last night, said D.C. Police.

Police said the crime happened after two men got into a fight near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Gresham Place NW around 8:37 p.m. The victim was stabbed after walking away from the man he was fighting with, police added.

The man was “conscious and breathing” when emergency crews took him to the hospital, said police and D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

No arrests were made in connection with the crime and police are still on the lookout for the suspect.

by Tim Regan — September 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

LaKisha Brown

ANC 1B has a new commissioner.

The commission welcomed LaKisha Brown, 1B-04, to her new seat with a round of applause during a general meeting at Howard University’s Founders Library last night.

Brown, who quietly participated in the meeting, said she’s excited to learn the ropes and start participating in the process. “It’s a lot of information to take in, but I think I’ll learn a lot more about it. I’m interested in a lot of these issues,” she said.

“I’ve always had a passion for helping my community, so I think this is something that will help fulfill that passion,” she explained.

Brown added she hopes to take up issues of parking, affordable housing, zoning and noise complaints in the future.

Above all else, Brown says she wants to act as a representative for her neighbors to voice concerns.

“It’s great interacting with people and learning about [their issues],” she said. “At least I’m another voice.”

by Tim Regan — July 31, 2015 at 10:50 am 0

600 block of Howard Pl NW

(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) A cyclist was struck by a car near Howard University, tweeted D.C. Fire and EMS officials at 10:46 a.m.

Emergency crews transported the cyclist to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, says D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson  Oscar Mendez.

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

STOCK-18Commuters who travel on Georgia Avenue near Howard University will have to put up with “moderate-to-heavy delays” until May of next year, says DDOT.

On Tuesday, the city department closed one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue NW between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW.

DDOT says the closures are needed to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along that stretch of Georgia Avenue. The work also includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction.

These city expects to complete the project in May of 2016.

by Jared Holt — July 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

Georgia Ave NW

A pedestrian was struck by a car on the 2800 block of Georgia Avenue NW this afternoon, D.C. Fire and EMS officials tweeted at 3: 25 p.m.

Units arrived on scene within minutes and transported one patient to the hospital with minor injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Méndez said.

by Tim Regan — July 10, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Subway at 2301 Georgia Ave NW

The D.C. Department of Health said it closed a Subway near Howard University (2301 Georgia Avenue NW) yesterday due to the eatery “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises.”

An employee at that location confirmed this morning that the Subway franchise was closed by the health department, but said it was related to a broken water pipe in the back of the store.

“We solved the problem already,” said the employee, who did not want to be named. “They’re coming for another inspection before noon.”

When asked about the presence of insects, rodents or other pests, the employee said they could not comment.

A spokesperson for Subway could not be reached for comment.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — July 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Georgia Avenue and V Street NW, Photo via Google Street View

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in front of Howard University Hospital this afternoon at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and V Street NW.

D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted about the incident around 3:19 p.m.

Nine minutes later, authorities tweeted that the pedestrian was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

D.C. Fire and EMS officials were not immediately available to comment on the situation when contacted at 3:26 p.m. this afternoon.

by Borderstan.com — April 1, 2013 at 8:30 am 0


Help find Rio. (Courtesy of owner)

Rio, a black-and-white, 10-year-old pitbull mix is still missing. She went missing on March 19, just days after moving across the country.

Rio disappeared from 13th and U Streets NW, and was last seen around Howard University.

According to her owner, Rio is gentle and very smart. If found, please call 562-650-7085 or 202-576-6664. You can also email her owner at bringriohome[AT]gmail.com.

There is a reward offered for her safe return.

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by Borderstan.com — March 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


“I TOO SING AMERICA” at Howard University. (Photo courtesy JD Knight)

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

“I TOO SING AMERICA: The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes” is showing at Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Theater, March 6-9. We recently caught up with one of the writers and producers of the play to discuss the inspiration behind the performance and the details of the show.

Andrew Jackson Moore and Raymond Caldwell devised a script about the one of America’s most famous musical and literary figures in just two weeks.

“Due to some other projects falling through at the last minute, we were left with a very constrained time frame,” Moore explained. “So Raymond and I dug into Langston Hughes’ rich of oeuvres of work, including hundreds of poems, essays and two autobiographies.”

Caldwell is a seasoned actor and director and has worked on Howard University’s production of “Breath, Boom,” “The Sound of Smoke,” “House Halfway,” “In the Blood,” “The Great Dismal,” “K Comma Joseph,” “The Masquerade is Over,” among others.

However, for Moore, who works as a digital writer and editor for FederalNewsRadio.com, the experience was a first.

According to Moore, audience members can expect to see and hear poetry, live music, jazz classics and even a big gospel number.

“We use every theatrical tool to tell Langston’s story,” says Moore, who also explains that the play’s dialogue is taken directly from Hughes’ own words and writings.

The play covers the span of Hughes’ life, including parts of his childhood, time spent in DC music venues and also his time spent in Harlem in the 1920s.

“We’ve turned many of his poems into little vignettes or scenes,” Moore says. “For example, Hughes wrote a great many poems based on the blues style. Rather than just have the actors recite each of the poems, we’ve staged them and turned them into set pieces. In the blues section, a group of women sit out on a stoop on a hot summer night and recount their troubles — all set to Hughes’ poetry. Hughes also wrote many poems about race in America, particularly in the Jim Crow South. So we’ve grouped some of them together to tell the story of a family in the South nearly torn apart by racial violence.”

Moore says he and Caldwell also uses choreography throughout the 11-person performance to “deconstruct” the poems.

“I TOO SING AMERICA” is showing March 6 through 9 at 7:30 pm, with a second performance on March 9 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $17 for general admission. For more information, visit the play’s website.

UPDATE: The performance scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 has been cancelled due to the snow. 

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by Borderstan.com — January 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 3 Comments


Howard Town Center on George Avenue NW ready for a make over? (Allison Acosta)

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

Plans are in progress to revive an underused property across from Howard University Hospital at Georgia Avenue and V Streets NW. The development, known as the Howard University Town Center, would encompass 2100-2146 Georgia Avenue. Plans include a 41,000 foot grocery store, a 15,000 foot apparel store, a national or regional bank, and 445 apartments with 320 underground parking spaces. Eighty-eight of the apartments, or 20%, would be dedicated for affordable housing built to the same standard of quality as the market rate units.

Fresh Grocer, a Philadelphia-based chain that focuses on urban locations, has signed on to anchor the site.

This project has a long and somewhat complicated history. Last December, the City Council voted to extend a tax abatement to the project, despite city Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s analysis that no tax abatement is necessary to move forward the financing for the project. Now Mayor Gray must decide whether to include the abatement in the DC Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 or 2014.

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