04/24/14 2:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Secret Service Chase on F and 11th St. NW:

“I’m not sure what this guy did, but around 6:00 pm, Wednesday evening on F St. NW, this guy was being chased by Secret Service Police, and he managed to hit two moving cars, one car carry a family with a small child, and another car that seemed to be chasing this guy after being hit as well. The dude with the sunglasses is the guy being chased. Does anyone know what this guy did? I heard they may of started the chase from the White House!”

04/24/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Supreme Court construction:

“Does anyone have any info on what all the construction around the Supreme Court is? There has been constant construction on the grounds since I first moved to the Hill six years ago. For the first few years, the sidewalks on East Capitol were blocked, then opened, then blocked again. Now I notice all the work on my walk down Maryland. Nothing seems extensive enough to merit six years (more assuming this didn’t start right when I moved here) worth of work.”

Accessible roof decks?

“It seems like every bar and restaurant in the city is adding a rooftop deck. While I applaud this trend in theory, as a wheelchair user I feel I will never have the opportunity to enjoy any of them. Does anyone know of any rooftop terraces with elevators or alternate wheelchair accessibility?”

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04/24/14 1:51pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

Ed. Note: I’ve recently been accused of sensationalizing my headlines. All I’m gonna say is I coulda made this one a lot better…

From DC Department of Health:

“The following animals resulted rabid from test results received April 15, 2014. The count of animal rabies in the District for year 2014 is 14 thus far:

Raccoon –1-yr old female, had young, and brain trauma, was found walking slowly on 4/4 at a resident’s yard at the 1400 blk of Webster St. NW in Ward 4.

Raccoon – 1-yr old male was killed by resident’s dogs on 4/7 at the 700 blk of 19th St. NE in Ward 5. Dogs will be placed on quarantine.

Raccoon – 1 old male, thin, with brain trauma and found non responsive and dying on 4/12 at the 4000 blk of 24th St. NE in Ward 5.

Raccoon – 1 old male, thin, with brain trauma was found sick and unaware on 4/10 at the 3000 blk of South Dakota Ave.NE in Ward 5.

Investigation is still pending on any animal or human exposures. Information shall be sent out electronically to the area residents via the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement.”

04/24/14 1:26pm

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I saw the above sign at the Rosslyn metro and I know it’s been mentioned in the past – but are there now public restrooms in all metro stations? Has anyone used one? Do you have to get a key? Where are they generally located (or can you just ask the station manager?)

Here’s an interesting press release from WMATA back in 2004:

“Several new restroom initiatives at Metrorail stations that were implemented at the beginning of the year, combined with the new automatic public toilet pilot at the Huntington Metrorail station, have proven to be successful, Metro managers told the Board of Directors today. The automatic public toilet that was installed at the Huntington Metrorail station in early October 2003, is used approximately 85 times a day since being installed six months ago. Also, since opening up its rail station restrooms to the public on January 4, there have been 1,600 requests granted to use them (through March 18). The single-stall, self-cleaning public toilet at the southern end of the Yellow Line was installed last fall inside the Huntington Metrorail station’s north mezzanine as a one-year test to determine customer acceptance and feasibility, as well as safety and cleanliness.

The unit, which costs Metro $39,600 per year to lease (three-year lease), costs an additional $55,000 for site renovation, installation, and water, sewer, and electric power hook-ups. There is an additional $14,400 per year for routine service/ maintenance, bringing the 12-month project cost to approximately $109,000. The vandal-resistant portable unit offers customers the use of a toilet, soap, toilet tissue, water dispensing and hand drying. There is an automatic interior chemical spray cleaning cycle after each use. Metro Board members have to decide whether to continue or expand the pilot in the future.

They also are considering whether to move the unit to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station at a cost of $75,000 (removal, restoration and installation costs) since that station’s existing restroom is not available to the public due to its location near safety-sensitive equipment. In November 2003, Metro managers took several steps to alert the public that starting January 4, 2004, the Metrorail station restrooms would be available for public use for the first time in the 28-year history of the transit system. Signs were posted in stations indicating restroom availability (except at a few locations deemed security-sensitive” Pentagon, Vienna/Fairfax-GMU, Arlington Cemetery and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant); officials specified conditions when customers could be denied requests to use the restrooms; and maintenance personnel repaired back room locks and cabinetry during the conversion of restrooms from employee-only areas to areas accessible to the public.

However, on March 18, Metro officials informed the Board that station restroom procedures were changed to allow the Metro Transit Police Chief to close the restrooms for public use during heightened security levels for a period of 30 days. Police Chief Polly Hanson temporarily closed Metro restrooms to the public on March 19, for security reasons. They were reopened on April 19.

News release issued on May 27, 2004.”

04/24/14 12:55pm

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This house is located at 1743 11th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Amazing location; walk everywhere! Steps from all D.C.has to offer: 14th and U St. restaurant corridors, Two Metro stations, Logan & DuPont circle, parks, shopping, night entertainment, museums, monuments and more. You rarely find a fee simple property like this in DC with plenty of character, extra large size rooms, skylight, front and back yard, plenty of street parking and stunning renovations.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $749,000.

04/24/14 12:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user James0806

From WMATA:

“Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles today announced an agreement with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the agency responsible for construction of the Silver Line, that will move the line closer to opening day. Under the agreement, Metro will allow the Airports Authority additional time to complete certain items after the project is turned over to Metro, but prior to the start of passenger service. Without the agreement, the Airports Authority would have been required to complete all items before Metro takes control, meaning an opening date that would be later in the year.

The Airports Authority is still required to address all priority items – those that affect reliability or require significant track access – prior to handing the project off to Metro. Some examples include: (more…)

04/24/14 11:55am

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1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From an email:

“The second Delicatessen After Dark — Highway to the Danger Zone: Cocktails of the 80′s– will take place on Thursday, April 24th from 8pm to late at the DGS Bar. Come imbibe on $10 specialty cocktails with our extraordinary Bar Man Brian Zipin.

Many believe the 1980′s was the dark ages for drinking. Some cocktails were great, some were not so great; we are picking our favorites and giving them the respect they deserve. We will change the way you think about a Midori Sour, Fuzzy Navel or Cosmopolitan (full menu below).

Our resident Pit Master Brian Robinson, aka DJ Pork and Beans, will spin some classic 80′s tunes. To celebrate, come donned in 80′s era clothes. There will be an award given for the best 80′s outfit. The grand prize is a collection of classic 80′s movies.

Delicatessen After Dark is a celebration of the new delicatessen drinking culture inspired by our grandparent’s long nights in Lower East side taverns, winter getaways to Florida and jazzy escapades to the Catskills. Delicatessen After Dark will take place on the last Thursday of every month and focus on a new style, era or spirit.

No reservations required.”

Highway to the Danger Zone: Cocktails of the 80′s (complete list after the jump.) (more…)

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2438 14th Street, NW

The owner of Creme sends the good word:

“I know many people were shocked with the abrupt closing of Creme on U St, but never fear, I wanted to be the first to let you know that Creme Restaurant & Bar, one of DC’s famous brunches, is reopening in June!

And they tease us on their facebook page:

“Anyone missing Creme’s famous chicken & waffles? They’ll both be back on our brunch menu with a few more tasty surprises this summer!”

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2438 14th Street, NW is one of the retail spaces in the Capitol View building that is located close to the corner of 14th and Chapin St, NW.