08/04/15 9:30am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rebecca R

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.

08/04/15 9:08am

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From MPD just before 11pm Monday night:

“The Fifth District is currently investigating a shooting in the 800 Blk of 20th St NE.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Ed. Note: Early Sunday morning there was a shooting homicide in the 800 block of 18th St, NE.

08/03/15 10:22pm

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807 V Street, NW

Psyched to see some progress for the movie theater coming next door to the 9:30 Club.

A liquor license placard says:

“The facility will operate as a high-end theatre with a café, serving patrons a variety of food offerings, including local specialties and spirits. Summer Garden seating for 14, Total Occupancy Load of 420 and seating for 369 inside.”

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It’s interesting to note that even these huge developments get smacked with “vacant property” delinquent tax notice stickers:

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08/03/15 10:01pm

Ed. Note: When your gardens start to get full of tomatoes, cucumbers, whatever you’re growing – send an email to princeofpetworth@gmail.com with Garden Haul in the title and please include the neighborhood where you grew it.

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Above: Old City

Below: “Here are some peppers (fish and jalapeño) and tomatoes from our garden in Petworth. Everything was started from seed, except for some mysterious tomatoes that just started growing in our compost (they’re tasty!).”

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08/03/15 8:32pm

Meanwhile in AdMo. Fire on Euclid between 17th and Ontario

Posted by Megan Henszey on Monday, August 3, 2015

Thanks to a reader for sending the video to the PoPville facebook page.

@IAFF36 tweets:

“Working fire 1700 block Euclid St NW Engine 9 reporting fire 2nd & 3rd floors”

“Update 1700 block Euclid St NW fire fighters are reporting the fire is knocked down. Extensive overhaul still needs to be done”

A reader writes:

“a photo of the smoke from the fire at 17th & Euclid. This was taken around 8:15pm, shortly after the first firetrucks went racing by. Taken from the 16th & Columbia Rd intersection.”

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08/03/15 4:30pm

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Thanks to all who sent emails about the DC Police Union’s Synthetic Marijuana: The Red Herring for DC’s Spike in Crime:

“After another violent week in D.C., five more people have been murdered, bringing this year’s total homicides to 84. The District is now on pace to see yearly totals we have not seen since 2008. The increasing murders aren’t the only problem. Both violent crime and property crime are following the same trends. The media has turned to the Chief and the Mayor for answers, and they’ll both tell you the same line: Synthetic marijuana is on the rise and causing unchecked violence. What they won’t show you is any data that supports that position. No arrest stats, no seizures of the nefarious product, no statistics showing how the rise in use correlates to the violence, or even that there’s any rise in use in the first place. They’ll just give you some anecdotal evidence of a handful of overdoses, an increase in ambulance trips to the ER, and some stories of bizarre behavior exhibited by users (which is akin to users of PCP―a notorious D.C. street drug). After describing the irrational actions of users, the administration then leaps to the conclusion that this is the reason that thefts, robberies, burglaries, assaults, and even murders are skyrocketing. So the question is this: How could these issues be so intertwined? Well, the D.C. Police Union doesn’t believe they are.

The story of synthetic marijuana as the catalyst for epidemic violence is a convenient one, but a fallacy none the less. What’s a more likely scenario? That MPD is understaffed and has been abruptly stripped of 125 officers who took a proactive, tactical and learned approach to making thousands of arrests per year, and now crime and violence is filling this new void? Or is it that some chemical sold in shady corner stores has turned the entire city into homicidal maniacs? You be the judge. And the next time someone tells you the problem is synthetic marijuana, ask for the stats and research. Don’t be deceived by this administration’s (Synthetic) Reefer Madness.”

Read the full post here.