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“Dear PoPville,

Wasn’t this supposed to be an Armenian Genocide museum? Anything is better than the current vacant building.”

Back in May we learned about plans for the once beautiful former National Bank of Washington building – no longer plans for an Armenian Genocide Museum – next up restaurant and retail.  Updates when construction progresses and more info is released.

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14th and G St, NW

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11th and F Street, NW around 9am

A few readers email and one reader reports:

“On my way to work on my bike this morning a guy on a red dirt bike zoomed around me crossing Independence at 7th St, and I was a little annoyed that he got so close to me as I was also trying to get around a parked truck. About ten minutes later, I got to the intersection of 11th and F NW (around 9:00am) and there were several emergency vehicles. The guy’s bike was laying smashed in the middle of the intersection and an SUV was pretty banged up and missing some pieces off the front end. It looked like possibly the SUV had been making a lefthand turn when it hit him but I’m not sure. Wondering if anyone else might’ve seen what happened. The guy must have already been in the ambulance when I passed by, as I didn’t see him. I think he may have had a helmet on but I don’t remember.

Two things, before everyone jumps on this in the comments: this guy passing me closely doesn’t at all suggest this accident was his fault – I only included that detail because that’s what caused me to take note of him at all; and two, I don’t actually know if his bike is classified as a dirt bike – it looked like one to me, but I think it also may have had a registration plate and could very well have been a street legal motorcycle.”

Ed. Note: A commenter on another post wrote:

“a motorcyclist was hit by a car this morning at 11th St and F. DC Fire/EMS and MPD hadn’t yet arrived when I came upon the scene on my way to work, but a number of bystanders had stopped to help the injured motorist, including several construction guys nearby who had put out orange cones to block off the accident area/redirect traffic.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing to see if anyone else has witnessed a twenty something Caucasian homeless man manhandling/abusing his pet cat. I’ve seen him twice on K Street, NW around 16th & 17th Streets. The first time he was walking with the cat strapped to his backpack and the 2nd time he was sitting on the sidewalk picking the cat up by its back skin and flinging it around. The cat had no food or water. He’s got a harness and leash on the cat so there’s no escaping. When I saw the man manhandling the cat I reported the incident to animal control, but am afraid that there’s nothing they can do without photo/video evidence. The cat just just seemed so helpless. Hoping to get the word out so people can be on the lookout.”


via DC Fire and EMS

DC Fire and EMS reported last night:

“Major underground transformer fire 18th & L St NW threatening office building. Checking adjacent structures.”

“The transformer vault fire on L St. was extinguished and left with Pepco at approximately 2:30 AM. Our units have left scene.”

Alert DC reported as of 7:30am:

“MPD reports the intersection of 18th St NW and L St NW remains closed at this time. Updates will follow.”

A reader passes on from a nearby office building:

“Due to a PEPCO transformer fire in the K Street neighborhood, the 1801K Street building is out of power, and the property manager has closed the building until power can be restored. This outage has also resulted in lost power to the 1825 I Street part of the International Square building….

The 1850 K Street tower and the 1875 I Street towers of International Square remain open, but parking is limited and only available from the K Street entrance.

The landlords of the 1801 K Street and 1825 I Street buildings have informed us that employees should prepare for a multiple-day event. Employees should not enter the building to obtain computers and other belongings under any circumstance.”

another reader unaware of the fire notes:

“What’s up in the 1800 block of I st NW? Starbucks and pret are closed with no lights–a lot of people going hungry this morning!”

Update from the Golden Triangle BID:

More than 14 large downtown office buildings have been affected by power outages resulting from last night’s transformer fire at 18th and L Streets NW, according to the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). This totals more than 4.5 million square feet of office and retail space, and affects more than 12,000 workers. Pepco has been on the scene all day. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lindsey Robinett

From Alert DC:

“Subject: EPA Headquarters Response Drill Aug 11

Federal Triangle,

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters will be performing an internal, occupant-focused active shooter response **EXERCISE** drill on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The drill will take place on the 3rd floor of the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, located at 1201 Constitution Ave., NW.

The drill will begin with simulated gunfire with oversight from EPA Federal Agents, security, and facilities management. Drill participants and controllers will be readily identified by wearing blue (Player) or red (Controller) vests.”