Student engineers at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE) needs help funding a trip for the school’s Robotics Club to the VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, K.Y. The award-winning club needs at least $7,845 to fund the transportation, the registration fees, the room and board fees and a new robotics kit for the competition April 23-25.
The Payne Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has set up a Go Fund Me for the trip here. The PTA is a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit and can take donations.
At 9:45 a.m., police arrested a man on the 1100 block of Fourth Street SW on charges of Shoplifting.
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There were thefts on:
- the 700 block of H St. NE;
- the 1600 block of Second St. SW;
- the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE;
- the 400 block of Eighth St. SE;
- the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
There was an assault with a dangerous weapon on the 1500 block of Benning Road NE.
There was a burglary on the 1100 block of I St. NE.
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Man Shot to Death on 12th Street NE
A man was fatally shot Feb. 17 on the 900 block of 12th Street NE around 9:21 p.m. Eric Linnair Wright, 53 of Northwest DC, was found with suffering from a gunshot wound after police responded to reports of shots in the area. He was taken to the hospital, but died.
Woman, 76, Charged in Fatal Beating on 21st Street NE
Two local entrepreneurs now offer gardening help to residents of the Hill and beyond: Laurie Gillman, owner of East City Bookshop, and Amanda McClean, co-owner of Izel Native Plants. Both businesses opened fairly recently and each one integrates the best practices of analog and digital worlds in refreshing and contemporary ways.
East City Bookshop
We forgot to prune our beautiful lacecap hydrangeas and are now wondering whether we should still do it this late. Or have we missed the boat as far as expecting any beautiful flat blue blooms in 2017? I always get lacecaps mixed up in my mind with the snowball and oak leaf varieties of hydrangea.
There’s a new breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery on the H Street corridor; Mediterranean restaurant Sospeso opened Feb. 17 at 1344 H St. NE.
The latest addition to a growing business and restaurant community on H Street, Sospeso brings a mix of the owners’ family traditions and chef Lauren Sanders’ creations from Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.
At 3:12 p.m., police arrested a person on the 1100 block of Fourth Street SW on charges of Shoplifting.
At 6:45 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1100 block of Fourth Street SW on charges of Theft Second Degree.
At 8:30 a.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Robbery.
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There were thefts from cars on:
- the unit block of L St. SE;
- the 1200 block of Half St. SE;
- the 1300 block of Maryland Ave. NE;
- the 1600 block of Maryland Ave. NE.
There were thefts on:
Several Capitol Hill, Union Market and H Street businesses have closed for the day Feb. 16 to support the #DayWithoutImmigrants movement around the country.
In protest of the Trump Administration's crack down on undocumented immigrants, owners of restuarants and businesses who either are immigrants, employ them or support them chose to shut their doors Thursday in solidarity. The intent — show the country what America would look like without immigrants.
Here's a list of local closures:
Police are searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting 35-year-old Willie Starkey on the 1600 block of Benning Road NE on Jan. 24 around 2:40 p.m. The suspect can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/kTheOid_zXU
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At 6:55 a.m., police arrested a woman on the 1700 block of Benning Road NE on charges of Theft First Degree of a car.
At 10:16 a.m., police arrested a man on the 100 block of M Street SW on charges of Robbery.
Miner Elementary (601 15th St. NE) in Ward 6 recorded at least three cases of bed bugs on students’ clothing Feb. 9, 14 and 15, according to DC Public Schools.
"We’re continuing to monitor the situation, but we don’t believe that this is a widespread infestation," said DCPS spokesperson Janae Hinson in an email.
The custodians at Miner also trapped several rodents recently and reviewed all protocol for identifying and reporting pests on Feb. 15.
Fourth Suspect Arrested in Murder of Transgender Woman
Police arrested a fourth suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old transgender woman on July 4, 2016. Cyheme Hall, 21, was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with Murder One. The first two suspects — Shareem Hall, 22, and Jalonte Little, 26 — were arrested in September. Montee Tyree Johnson, 21, was also arrested for the murder on Feb. 8.
The transgender woman, Deeniquia (Dee Dee) Dodds, was found shot in what police suspect was a robbery on the 200 block of Division Avenue NE.
Whole Foods at 600 H St. NE will open its doors on March 15, the Texas-based grocery chain announced Feb. 14.
On the bottom floor of the Apollo mixed-use development, the predominately organic food and prepared foods store will fill about 40,000 square feet and offer fresh produce, meat, seafood and more. It will also include:
Living on the boarder between
Valentine Day and despair,
Looking back, then on ahead,
always to find you there.
Back to those old memories
too fond for me to lose,
On to daily fantasies,
too many from which to choose.
But here, still on the border,
I hesitate, alone:
Danish electronic music producer Trentemøller has been experimenting with multi-instrumentalist indie music since the late 1990s. He has produced multiple EPS and four albums.
Man Shot on H Street NE
A man was shot near the 1300 block of H Street NE on Feb. 11 around 12:25 p.m. Police responded to reports of gunshots and found the victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Investigators later found shell casings at 1300 H Street and put out a description of the shooter: a young adult black male with a light complexion, curly hair, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 and wearing a black jacket and gold chain.
Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Apartment Building
DC residents will rally against Congress overturning the District’s Death with Dignity law outside the House Rayburn Office Building on the south side at 5 p.m. on Feb. 13.
In another #HandsOffDC effort, the rally organizers plan to protest a half hour before the House Oversight Committee looks at the legislation in room 2154 of the Rayburn Building at 5:30 p.m. That hearing is open to the public.
The Kid in the Capitol
When we first meet Boot, he’s being chased through the Senate chamber after lacing the lawmakers’ candy dish with dead cockroaches. It’s not exactly a fair fight. His pursuer is burdened down by the security hardware on his belt as well as by “an extra seventy-five pounds (at least) that he can’t blame on his uniform.” Boot, on the other hand, is a wiry 13-year-old who knows every escape cranny in the US Capitol. Why? Because he lives there.
February can be a blah and blustery month. It starts out with that weird groundhog shadow-spotting ritual, and honestly I think he’s full of it. While it is a short month, it’s a long slog until March. The lone bright spot for some is the candy-coated Hallmark holiday in the middle. Before you start in, hear me out! I know that many smart and sophisticated people proclaim to hate Valentine’s Day because it seems insipid, and the candy-heart approach to love is a little too junior-high-school. They are not wrong necessarily, and yet …
Two people and a firefighter were injured in a fire that ripped through a rowhouse on the 700 block of Maryland Avenue NE around 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10. DC Fire and EMS are still investigating the cause of the blaze, but it destroyed the interior of the building, blew out the windows and sent two to the hospital in critical condition. Multiple fire trucks and police responded, closing down Maryland Avenue NE traffic from Eighth Street to Seventh Street NE.
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