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A reader writes:

“Right around 3:00am a minivan, which was in pursuit by police, crashed at the corner of Q St NW and New Jersey Ave. A man jumped out of the driver side and ran east on Q St, chased by police cars. In seconds at least 10-15 more police vehicles arrived. The van had caught fire pretty immediately following the crash and it engulfed the front half of the van by the time fire trucks arrived. Thankfully, firefighters put it out before an explosion could happen. About 20 minutes later, a search helicopter was circling the area with a search light.”

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Huge report from NBC Washington:

“The new facility, which would be housed on city-owned land near the Shaw Metro station in Northwest, would cost between $30 million and $40 million and seat approximately 5,000. The exact location is at 11th and Rhode Island streets NW, currently the site of dog and skate parks.”

Updates as/if this progresses.

“Dear PoPville,

I live near Blagden Alley. Within the last couple of month’s I’ve seen prostitutes on several occasions hanging around seemingly looking for business. They just started construction a few doors down from us and now they’re around more frequently. This morning on my way to work there were 3 on the corner of 10th and N and a few interested construction workers walking by. I walked by a cop parked over by 12th and told him, and he drove off in their direction. Not sure what he can do if they’re not actually transacting, but hopefully will scare both parties into thinking twice before coming back to that corner. Is there anything else I could do in situations like this, especially if I didn’t happen to walk by a cop? I don’t know if 9-1-1 is an appropriate option as there is really nothing illegal going on with them standing around. Just not something we like to see in the mornings or at any time of the day, especially in our own neighborhoods. I’m wondering if other people have experienced similar situations and how they’ve handled them?”

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2106 Vermont Ave, NW by 9:30 Club

I started hearing rumors about Duffy’s abrupt closure around 4pm today and sadly have now confirmed from Duffy’s owner – Andy Duffy:

Duffy’s will be closing its doors tonight at midnight. We just could not make it out of the financial hole we got in the first several years we were open. I would like to thank all of you who have supported us over the years. I have met some truly wonderful people. I also would like to thank my staff, they are the best.

Tonight we open at 6pm and all drinks / beers will be $5. We will have free wings while they last. Come by and enjoy one last evening.

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@AJ_DC tweets us:

“Sounded like fireworks but I guess at least a dozen shots fired near Shaw metro?”

Another reader emails:

“10-12 shots fired at south exit of Shaw Howard metro. Many Police on scene”

Updates as more info is known.

Another reader tweets:

“I heard about 6 shots. R street in front of the library is closed off and teeming w police.”

UPDATE from MPD:

“On November 3rd, 2014, at approximately 9:34 P.M., members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District responded to an emergency 911 call for a male victim shot at 8th and R Streets, N.W. Upon arriving on the scene, police units found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses reported hearing approximately 8-10 gunshots at 9:33 P.M., but were unable to provide any suspect information. Based upon the preliminary investigation, it appears that the victim was shot in the 1700 block of 8th Street, N.W. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his wounds.

The Metropolitan Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with the investigation into this crime. Anyone with information regarding this offense is urged to call the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

From a press release:

“Right Proper Brewing Company in Shaw [624 T Street, NW] is pleased to announce Jim Jeffords as its new Executive Chef. Jim comes to Right Proper from Evening Star Café in Alexandria, where he has been Executive Chef for the past three years.

“Jim comes from the South and from a farming background, which squares sort of creepily with the farm-fresh food with a Southern accent that comes out of our kitchen,” said Thor Cheston, co-owner of Right Proper. “We are excited to have him as part of our team. At the same time, we’re really sorry to say goodbye to Chef Robert Cain, but he’s going to open a resort in Belize—we can only have so much sympathy for the guy.” (more…)