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Archive - Jun 2016

June 30th

Hilleast Residents Angry Over Gun Violence

Cmdr. Contee and Chief Lanier Addressed Recent Shootings

At a June 29 meeting, frustrated Hilleast community members demanded answers as to why violent crime persists in the 1700 block of Independence Avenue SE area. A recent crime surge sparked a meeting at St. Coletta of Greater Washington — the murder of Stephanie Goodloe on June 18 by the 700 block of Kentucky Avenue SE, the shooting that injured one and shattered several car windows on June 26 by the 1700 block of Independence Avenue SE, and more gunshots reported near Potomac Gardens on the 1200 block of G Street SE.

Internet Finds Tommy Wells' Stolen Bicycle

DOEE Director's Bike Recovered by MPD

A Southwest DC citizen found Tommy Wells' stolen Brompton bicycle with the help of social media and news, and reported it to police around June 30. Wells, the director of the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), reported his signature green foldable bicycle stolen on June 23 on the corner of North Capitol Street and H Street NE, despite having locked it. 

The Jazz Project

Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover

Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. There is a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz that puts it in a class by itself, elevating the music to a higher form of consciousness. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life smiles at you. Jazz is beautiful music. Just listen and enjoy.


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The Literary Hill

Sleuth Extraordinaire

The Poetic Hill
Adam Hamilton Russell lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Bartlett and their two pups, Diogenes the Philosopher Dog and the newly adopted Kitty. Russell graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in cultural anthropology and received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has played rugby for the US Rugby Men's National team, currently works for the US government, and for some reason can't seem to help writing poems on occasion. His “Market Eulogy,” a tribute to a stone owl that stands guard over Eastern Market, ran in the November 2013 Poetic Hill.
By A.H. Russell
To a thousand minds and a million imaginations,
you aren't possible.
It is not, to the unbelieving and unwitnessed,
a reality to walk different paths with the same feet
and at the same time remain for us ... anchored though unfettered,
a lodestar.
Centered, which swings freely, for those of us unsure of our first steps,
or still hurt from our first flights out on frozen wings.
But your home is the passing prairie-cloud's shadow,
or a canebrake's slotted light, or the subtle laugh of the earth's full figure itself.
You are always out there, somewhere, untouchable
though welcoming in the lightest spots we can just perceive.
You are always here, too, safety-laden and fixed for eternity,
like the camouflaged pattern of the roots and moss
which sing to us always.
A song that we love, though we can't capture or reduce.
It is not ours, though we are of it, and we keep its rhythm.
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Climate Change May Impact the Wine in Your Glass

The Wine Girl

It can be difficult to understand the scope of how climate change is going to affect our daily lives, but I’d like to try to convey how much it is going to change what’s in your glass. The global increase in temperature is going to shift the entire industry in new directions, and major studies have been dedicated to what vineyards and vintners should expect. Wines are going to become bigger, bolder, and come from new locations. While Bordeaux has nicknamed it the “bon probleme” it is not necessarily for the better.

Lilia Coffin is a wine consultant with Schneider’s of Capitol Hill.

June 29th

Kaya Henderson Stepping Down as DCPS Chancellor

John Davis Will Take Over As Interim Chancellor

DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will step down from her position on Sept. 30, 2016. She and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced June 29. DCPS Chief of Schools John Davis will take over as interim chancellor.

Henderson started at DCPS in 2007 and took over as Chancellor in 2011. She saw the public school enrollment grow by nearly 4,000 from 2010 to 2016.

Art and the City

Artist Revisit: Jan Kern

“Jan Kern is on an expedition through time, maybe timelessness, connecting societies, peoples, and eons. The cultures could be Egyptian, Spanish, Navajo – or Capitol Hill on any afternoon.”

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim Magner can be reached at His award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty,” can be acquired

Stabbing Near Nationals Park Tuesday

Crime Blotter — June 28

A woman was stabbed near Nationals Park on the 1300 block of Half Street SW on Tuesday around 1 p.m. Police reported that a black woman about 5-foot-3, around 130 pounds and wearing gym shorts and a white t-shirt fled the scene toward 14th and Canal streets SW. The victim was conscious when police arrived.

In Other News

At 3:50 p.m., police arrested a man on the 400 block of L'Enfant Plaza SW on charges of Theft Second Degree.

At 1 p.m., police arrested a man ont he 200 block of M Street SW on charges of Robbery. 

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on June 28, 2016 by the MPD to the 1D Listservand 5D Listerv.