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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in the homicide of 35 year-old Kassahun Abebe Edo, of Irving Texas which occurred on Saturday, August 22, 2015, in the 700 block of Fairmont Street, Northwest.

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, at approximately 7:30 am pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 24 year-old Milkiyas Bayisa of Adelphi, Maryland was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was charged with Second Degree Murder in connection to the homicide of Mr. Edo.”

4600 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 4600 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Renovated, immaculate 1 bed 1 bath condo. All utilities included. Spacious kitchen w stainless steel appliances. Large windows looking down on huge green backyard. In secured building with 24 hr concierge, fitness center, lots of storage, bicycle storage, meeting spaces. 10 min walk to Van Ness metro. Lots of shopping in area. Garage parking usually available for rent in building.”

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This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,550/Mo.

08/27/15 2:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if you or anyone can shed some light on this: for the past week or two at least, the yellow line trains have been going quite slow over the bridge to and from Virginia. One morning, the conductor announced that the train was “required to go at a restricted speed between L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon,” but other than that I haven’t seen any announcement or explanation. Does anyone know what’s going on?”

another reader writes:

“Metro has imposed speed restrictions on various portions of its track in response to the recent derailment. The red line train has gotten SUPER SLOW on certain stretches of track during my commute lately, resulting in noticeable delays. It seems reasonable to infer that the same defect that caused the derailment may be rampant throughout the system. Given that metro is subject to zero accountability, I worry that it may just be a matter of time before more people die.”

The Washington Post reported:

“Metro has implemented speed restrictions on curves throughout the system. That means trains are slowing to 35 mph to 40 mph as they approach a curve. The restrictions are in place as part of what Metro calls an “aggressive campaign” to inspect curved sections of track following the Aug. 6 derailment between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian Metro stations.”

08/27/15 2:10pm

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comparing apartment buildings near Mt Pleasant/Adams-Morgan

“I’m looking at pretty comparable 1-bedroom apartments in the Chalfonte (Harvard and Argonne, off 16th), the Argonne (same), and the Park Meridian (16th and Euclid). The sizes and prices are similar enough that the decision really comes down to building quality. Does anyone have recent experience with any of these buildings? If so, can you speak to pests, management responsiveness (or management attempts to screw renters), heating/cooling issues, noise, construction, or anything else that might be relevant? Thank you!”

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08/27/15 1:15pm

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WMATA: Safety Hazards and Security Risks

Last Sunday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority hosted a safety exercise at the Stadium Armory metro stop. For three hours, firefighters and WMATA officials tested their communication and evacuation protocols. Shocking gaps were exposed and I left the event with little confidence in WMATA’s ability to fix them.

I’m the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for residents living next to the Stadium Armory stop and I was invited to participate in the exercise because of my ANC position. My participation that day was limited to standing around and taking pictures. I had asked WMATA to include neighbors in the exercise but my request was denied.

After WMATA denied my request, I reminded them of the sarin attack in Tokyo 20 years ago and the more recent attacks in London and Madrid. In a real world attack happens at Stadium Armory, how is WMATA going to communicate with neighbors? No response.

Instead, WMATA hosted a controlled safety exercise and this exercise demonstrated how WMATA staff fail even in a controlled environment. One of the participants in the Sunday exercise was in a wheel chair. Her wheel chair was too large to fit through the doors that are located between each car. WMATA’s solution was to put her in a smaller wheel chair. Slight problem. The lady couldn’t fit in the smaller wheel chair. WMATA’s solution was to put the lady and her large wheelchair in the front car. That made it easier for the firefighters to reach her and carry her out. (more…)

08/27/15 1:05pm

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A reader writes:

“My cat somehow escaped from my house last night while I was sleeping. We live on Quincy Place NW (1st and Florida). She is an average sized tabby with a clipped ear. She can sometimes be shy, but is a total sweetheart. We are devastated and her litter mate especially misses her very much. I can be reached at 240.421.6636. Reward offered if returned!”

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08/27/15 12:45pm

This house is located at 1507 Queen Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Another gorgeous renovation by Dilan Investments. All new systems,Custom cabinetry, marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors on 2 levels. Gorgeous baths with high end fixtures. New roof.Seller prefers Monarch Title.”

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This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $429,900.

08/27/15 12:19pm

Overnight it was evident to panda keepers and veterinarians that our healthy panda cub was active and nursing appropriately throughout the night. Mei is showing proper maternal care, which includes short sleep cycles, adjusting the tiny cub in her arms for better positioning and grooming. The panda team heard strong vocalizations from the cub and observed it a couple times during the night. The cub is growing more hair, its tail looks plump and the cub overall looks great. #PandaStory

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Thursday, August 27, 2015

“Overnight it was evident to panda keepers and veterinarians that our healthy panda cub was active and nursing appropriately throughout the night. Mei is showing proper maternal care, which includes short sleep cycles, adjusting the tiny cub in her arms for better positioning and grooming. The panda team heard strong vocalizations from the cub and observed it a couple times during the night. The cub is growing more hair, its tail looks plump and the cub overall looks great.”

08/27/15 11:48am

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Big Bloomingdale news from the Bloomingdale blog – Harris Teeter Signs Letter of Intent at McMillan – thanks to a reader for passing on:

“Our listserv had some news about McMillan today. It’s nonbinding, and who knows how long it will end up being before anything really happens at McMillan, but an exciting development nonetheless.”

Formal announcement expected summer/fall of 2016 – stay tuned!