09/01/14 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

From a press release:

“New outdoor concerts will be presented in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden as a prelude to the upcoming concert season. Inspired by the beloved summer tradition of Jazz in the Garden, concerts take place at noon and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays during the month of September. Watch summer turn to fall while enjoying live music and a delicious brunch menu at the Pavilion Café. Served from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m., the tempting menu includes scrambled eggs with chives, breakfast pizza, granola and yogurt parfait, fresh fruit, mimosas, and more!

On September 7, the U.S. Air Force Strings will play 19th-century French and American music in honor of Degas/Cassatt; on September 14, Ricardo Marlow and Ensemble will entertain with Flamenco music and dance; on September 21, Seldom Scene provides lively strains of bluegrass; and on September 28, the National Gallery of Art Wind Ensemble plays music by Andrew Wyeth’s favorite composers in honor of Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.

There are six public entrances to the Sculpture Garden: one on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, three on 7th Street (one directly across from the Gallery’s West Building entrance), and two on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.”

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Located off 16th Street on the Mt. Pleasant side in full golden glory is Guglielmo Marconi:

“Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi’s law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”. An entrepreneur, businessman, and founder in Britain in 1897 of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company (which became the Marconi Company), Marconi succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists.”

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08/29/14 2:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 29 – September 1 (Labor Day).

Blue and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals throughout the weekend. Orange and Silver line trains will operate every 15 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through system closing on Sunday. Green Line trains will run every 16 minutes through closing Monday. Buses will replace Red Line trains between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through closing on Monday,

Labor Day service information
On Labor Day, Monday, September 1, Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.

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Buses replace trains between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor

Red Line trains will operate as follows from 12:01 Saturday through closing Monday:

Between Shady Grove & Grosvenor: every 10 minutes
Between Friendship Heights & Glenmont: every 10 minutes

Stations Closed: Bethesda and Medical Center

Last Train Time Change: The last Red Line train of the night from Shady Grove to Grosvenor will depart 35 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Shady Grove at 1:55 a.m. On Sunday and Monday, the last train will leave Shady Grove at 10:55 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Express buses will operate between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. Add up to 25 minutes of additional travel time.
Local buses will operate between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor, making intermediate stops at Medical Center and Bethesda. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Work Performed: Grout pad, rail tie and insulator renewal, joint elimination and communication cable replacement between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. (more…)

08/29/14 1:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Raymond Bryson

Gotta give props to textdoc for compiling this list when we spoke about the guy who was asking for money so he could get to the hospital. If you’re bored and still stuck at work this list is way too impressive to leave buried in the comments of that post.

“For the OP and anyone else, here are links to discussions of some other frequently attempted scams:

.Supposed “fundraisers” for schools, schools’ marching bands, etc.:
http://www.popville.com/2014/07/from-the-forum-legit-dc-public-school-fundraiser
http://www.popville.com/2011/06/dear-popville-how-do-we-know-if-school-fundraisers-are-legit/
http://www.popville.com/2013/06/dear-popville-mt-pleasant-scammer/
http://www.popville.com/forums/topic/band-fundraiser-at-cardozo/

.Being locked out and needing to pay a locksmith:
http://www.popville.com/2014/06/scam-or-not-vol-17-locked-out-and-needed-to-pay-the-locksmith
http://www.popville.com/2014/07/dear-popville-another-locksmith-scammer/

.Gutter-cleaning:
http://www.popville.com/2012/10/dear-popville-scam-alert/
http://www.popville.com/2014/03/from-the-forum-beware-of-scam/

.Someone presenting two $10 bills and asking for a $20 bill in exchange:
http://www.popville.com/2014/06/hostile-scammer-at-archives-metro/
http://www.popville.com/2013/05/heads-up-scammer-around-thomas-and-scott-circles/

.Woman who claims to have been in a car accident, says it’s her first week on the job at ____, and asks for $ for taxi fare to get back to Stafford, VA:
http://www.popville.com/2012/10/scam-or-truly-in-distress/
http://www.popville.com/2012/11/random-reader-rant-andor-revel-668/#comment-538347

.Older man in Metro asking for money to go somewhere that Metro doesn’t reach: http://www.popville.com/2014/06/scam-or-not-vol-17-locked-out-and-needed-to-pay-the-locksmith/#comment-784041

.Woman asking for money to pick up a prescription at a specific CVS: http://www.popville.com/2014/06/scam-or-not-vol-17-locked-out-and-needed-to-pay-the-locksmith/#comment-783913

.Guy claiming he’s military and saying he needs money to get back to base: http://www.popville.com/2014/06/scam-or-not-vol-17-locked-out-and-needed-to-pay-the-locksmith/#comment-784082

.(Not sure if this one was a one-off) Pedestrian throws self in front of runner and claims that runner broke his watch: http://www.popville.com/2013/08/another-warning-for-joggers-scammer-alert/