08/19/14 2:10pm

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Police taser man at New York Ave./Museum of Women in the Arts:

“Does anyone know more about the incident that took place on Friday, August 15? It took place around 6 or 6:30 pm, I think, on the west side of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at the intersection of H St, NW and New York Ave.

I didn’t see how it started, but I saw about a dozen police officers in a semi-circle, surrounding a man on that side of the museum. There were several police cars nearby. The police had shut down the intersection temporarily, even though it was still rush hour (or maybe a little after). The man appeared to be African American, maybe homeless. He was not wearing a shirt, but he was wearing pants of some sort. I was too far away to see more details and I couldn’t hear what he was yelling.

The police seemed very concerned. The officers in the semi-circle distracted the man as another officer approached with a taser. The man still wouldn’t quiet down. The the officer tagged him with the taser. The man became as stiff as a board and fell over into a large streetlight/pole.

A crowd of onlookers had gathered across the street, with at least a few people filming the scene with their smartphones. People in nearby buildings could also see the confrontation. I’ve spoken with several people who saw part of the incident. But no one saw what started the standoff, or why the police were so concerned. I don’t believe the man was armed, but he could have been making some sort of threat, or going after pedestrians. Or maybe something happened inside the museum? He was standing in front of the side exit. This is all speculation, since I didn’t see what happened before the police arrived.

None of the local news sites have any info about the incident. Surprising, considering how many people saw it (at least 20-30 people) and some people took video with their phones.”

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08/18/14 2:10pm

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Can somebody explain the difference between a bedroom and a “den”?

“My SO and I are renting a 1BR+Den apartment. We’re not planning on moving or taking on new roommates, we’re just curious how 1BR+Den apartments compare to 2BR apartments. Does anybody know? Are there legal/safety code reasons why my landlord is calling that second room a “den” and not a bedroom? It has its own walk-in closet, two windows, wood flooring (the bedroom has carpet), a 1/2 bath, and french doors that shut it in from the living room. Any thoughts?”

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08/15/14 2:10pm

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Help me pick kitchen tile and countertop!

“A few people on this site like to say that the house renovations don’t have any “soul” or something similar. We’ve suddenly gotten the opportunity to do new countertops and tile backsplash and I’d love to see what people are liking. I prefer a clean, modern look but appreciate any ideas that you share. Thanks!”

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08/14/14 2:10pm

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restoring an antique chandelier:

“I recently inherited an 70+ year old, small lead crystal chandelier that has been sitting in a box for about 30 years. I’d like to get it rewired and cleaned up so I can hang it from my dining room ceiling. Does anyone have any recommendations on local businesses that do this sort of work? Any tips on installation or care?”

Beeping sound at 14th and Q:

“There’s been a loud, sporadic beeping sound near 14th and Q for at least a week. It sounds like a truck backing up … beep beep beep … but lasts for hours and throughout the night. It’s going on right now over the rain. Anybody have a clue what it is? Apart from maybe a yuppie mating call. Would love to find a solution.”

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08/13/14 2:10pm

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Homeless Person Sleeping Under My Neighbor’s Porch?

“So, we just closed on a house in Petworth today (yay!). While we were waiting for our realtor to show up for the final walk-through, I wandered under the front porch and happened to notice that it appears that someone is living under our neighbor’s front porch. There was a lot of debris piled up near the entry, but past that, I could see a line with clothing hanging on it like a curtain, a pillow, and a bunch of boots lined up. My s.o. thinks I am insane and that it’s just trash. Have others encountered this?”

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08/12/14 2:10pm

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Is this a DC Water dye test, or did someone just spill a bunch of paint?

“Sometime over the past few days, these two large paint spills (one red, one yellow) suddenly appeared on the driveway behind our condo.

We thought maybe the contractor working in our neighbor’s unit spilled some paint. But then saw an identical spill at the opposite end of the complex…also near manhole covers.

DC Water has been doing a large repair job at around the corner at 20th and Biltmore for several weeks now. We’re wondering if this is related.

Could this be a dye test?”

Bee hive in Columbia Heights?

“We have lots of honey bees in our yard on Harvard & 13th. We’ve noticed this before when we know there was a beekeeper in the neighborhood. Does anybody know about a hive in the CH neighborhood?”

08/11/14 2:10pm

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Language classes:

“Any recommendations for affordable language classes? I’m primarily looking to learn Spanish, but I could also use a brush-up on ASL. Pretty much anywhere in the DC area, as long as it’s Metro-accessible, but would be great if it were downtown, Columbia Heights, or somewhere on the Red Line.”

Kittens at Parkwood and Holmead:

“Two very small, very friendly kittens seem to be living in a yard at Parkwood and Holmead. Anyone know if they are missing/have owner? Trying to figure out if they should be scooped up and given a home, or returned to their home.”

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08/08/14 2:10pm

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Packages stolen from the 1200 block of Lamont St NW:

“Multiple packages have been stolen off porches of the 1200 block of Lamont. I’ve never had a problem with this in the past, but know other places have. Just an FYI to look out for our neighbors.”

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08/07/14 2:10pm

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Do I have to pay sales tax on my rent?

“I have rented in DC for years in different places, but have never experienced any landlord to make me pay sales tax on top of my rent. Can this be true? It seems a topic that has not been discussed.”

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08/06/14 2:10pm

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Selling used DVDs in the district?

“Does anyone know of a good place to sell used dvds at in DC? I have countless dvds that I never watch and would love to sell them.”

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