09/17/14 1:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m relatively new to Capital Bikeshare (within the last year) and have really loved it’s convenience when getting around on the weekends. During the week though, not so much.

My office recently moved to Shaw from Takoma Park. Since I live in Columbia Heights, Shaw is a very easy commute, so I’ve been trying to bike as often as possible. However, I’m a late starter in the morning and usually go to work later than the conventional rush hour. By the time I’m out the door (usually between 9am and 10am), all the bike stations nearby never seem to have a bike available. I’ve emailed the Capital Bikeshare customer support five times since June about their bike balancing and availability after the main rush hour is over. Each time they have either not responded or responded saying that they are “working on it.” While I appreciate them getting back to me, I’ve grown pretty frustrated by the fact that I haven’t seen any progress.

Has anyone else experienced the same issue? Am I the only one reaching out to Capital Bikeshare? Capital Bikeshare is such a great concept but it sucks that my morning bike commute has been so unreliable.”

Ed. Note: We once talked about the scarcity of bikeshare bikes back in 2011. Anyone else notice an improvement since then? Anyone successfully commute using bikeshare? If so, what time do you usually get a bike?

09/17/14 12:55pm

2812 34th Street Northwest

This house is located at 2812 34th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Contemporary style with classic sophisticated elegance abound in this spacious and stylish renovated center hall colonial. This incredible remodel by designer Lori Graham has custom touches throughout all 4 upper beds with en suite baths. Home features Master, in-law and au-pairs suites. Beautiful gourmet kitchen, premium marble and honed black granite counters, pro appl. 2 car Garage. Must See!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/5.5 bath is going for $1,699,900.

09/17/14 12:20pm

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As if Saturday wasn’t already smashed with good stuff (H Street Festival, DC State Fair, Dacha Oktoberfest and more) add one more to the list – from a press release:

“The Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle [1307 New Hampshire Ave NW] will celebrate its third annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 20 from 1-4 p.m. Entry includes unlimited pours of Oktoberfest-inspired beer from DC Brewers’ Guild members 3 Stars Brewing Company, Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Chocolate City Beer, DC Brau Brewing Company, District ChopHouse & Brewery, Gordon Biersch Navy Yard, and Right Proper Brewing Company. Food will include home-made German-style soft pretzels by Das Pretzel Haus, freshly grilled traditional German sausages from Cafe Berlin, and a specialty batch of caraway-hops sauerkraut from Number 1 Sons. Win prizes for the best
Prost!

Tickets are $60 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Heurich House Museum. Ticket price is all-inclusive. Please visit heurichoktoberfest.eventbrite.com for tickets and additional information.”

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09/17/14 11:15am

“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday 9/14 at approx 4pm, I was walking down Girard and 14th. A young kid, maybe 14 or 15 was riding his bike in front of the basketball courts. A bunch of kids (at least 10-15 kids) were playing basketball and decided to try and knock out the bike rider. They threw a basketball at his head and knocked him off his bike. He yelled “you shouldn’t be doing that!” and one of the kids on the basketball court yelled back “you can’t tell us what to do!”

Then all of the kids charged and surrounded the boy on his bike. They were beating him up, hitting him in the face repeatedly with basketballs, pushing him to the ground. I ran up and yelled “THAT’S ENOUGH!” The boy jumped on his bike and tried to flee. All of the kids chased him down 14th street. I waited with another witness and gave a description to police, but by then they were all gone. Hopefully the basketball court has security cameras. The kids were very young. Some looked to be as young as 8 or 9 years old. Such a shame. It was a very scary experience. Such a sudden violent mob attack for apparently no reason at all.

09/17/14 10:45am

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Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Though still saddened by Shama’s passing these photos of her cubs are making the morning much better.

From the National Zoo:

“All of the red panda cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute this summer are growing! Five cubs–born to Regan, Low Mei and Shama–are being hand-reared by keepers. They are bottle-fed three times a day, and have received their first solid foods. Keepers are offering them bamboo and soaked apple biscuits. So far, the cubs mostly just gnaw on the bamboo and lick the biscuits.

The cubs are becoming more mobile, and keepers are starting to see some play behaviors from them.”

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Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

09/17/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user jimhavard

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit announced an arrest has been made in the First Degree Sexual Abuse, Robbery Force and Violence and Aggravated Assault, which occurred on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in the area of 13th and M Streets, NW.

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 41-year-old Garcia Pressley, of Northwest, Washington DC, was arrested pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with First Degree Sexual Abuse, Robbery Force and Violence, and Aggravated Assault. Additionally, he will be charged in two robberies that occurred in March and August of this year, in the area of 13th and M Streets, NW.”

09/17/14 6:39am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfkann

YES!!! Let’s keep it going through October. Congrats Nats!

From an email:

“The Washington Nationals released the following statement this evening after clinching the NL East Division Championship:

“We are so proud of this organization,” said Ted Lerner, Managing Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals. “Watching them clinch their second NL East Division Championship in three years means so much to our fans, our city and our family. Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams should be commended for building and leading a championship club. Tonight, we celebrate this milestone but realize that there is still work to do and goals to accomplish. We are looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead.”