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A reader writes: “Don’t know if you saw this, but Washington Post is reporting that Metro has banned issue ads through the end of the year. Can’t we just talk about shoes?”

From the Washington Post:

“The sudden advocacy-ad ban comes as an anti-Muslim group planned to put a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in transit system ads.

A Metro official said the agency feared the ad would make buses and subway stations “terrorists targets.”

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 29-31 with service adjustments on five of six rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate regular weekend service between Huntington & Fort Totten. Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Avenue stations; buses will replace trains at Greenbelt Station. Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 26 minutes and Red Line trains will operate every 10-20 minutes.”

and @wmata tweets:

“Next 7000-series #newtrain will enter service June 8 at 7 a.m. on the Red Line. First trip will start at Shady Grove.”

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From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives today arrested Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman (aka Kidd Cole) on charges of making terroristic threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the Washington, D.C., area.

Stone-Coleman was arrested by MTPD officers and detectives this morning at his residence in the 1600 block of Fort Davis Place, SE, in Washington, D.C.

According to the Criminal Complaint in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Stone-Coleman is alleged to have “knowingly [conveyed] false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt to engage in terrorist attacks or other violence against mass transportation systems,” in violation of 18 U.S.C. § (a)(9).

Between December 12, 2014, and May 12, 2015, the Metro Transit Police Communications Division received eleven telephone calls via the 911 emergency system reporting bomb threats and/or hostage situations at or directed against Metro stations, trains and buses. In each instance, the caller conveyed specific threat information concerning destructive devices and intended acts of violence. Each report prompted an emergency response by Metro Transit Police and in some cases other law enforcement agencies. The threat information provided in each of the 911 calls turned out to be “wholly false,” according to the Complaint.

Investigators allege that Stone-Coleman made false threats on approximately eleven occasions, each resulting in an emergency response and some resulting in disruptions to transit service. Among the false threats:

On January 20, 2015, the caller claimed that people “from France” told him that they planned to ambush the President’s motorcade and assassinate him that night. The caller went on to say that the same people had placed bombs around the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and also planned to kill a police officer. As a result of these threats, the entire Potomac Avenue Metro station was shut down and sweeps were conducted to check for the reported bombs or other destructive devices.

On January 22, 2015, the caller stated that he and his friends were planning to take hostages on Metrobus 6149 and that they would kill the hostages if they were not paid a $15 million ransom.

On February 22, 2015, MTPD received a bomb threat against Metrobus 7130 from a caller who advised that an individual wearing “all black clothing” and glasses had threatened to blow up the bus and was brandishing an AS-50 sniper rifle. The caller advised that the bus was near the Capitol.

On May 12, 2015, the caller claimed that someone had approached his nephew and told him that he/she was planning to blow up the Metro station.

In another 911 hoax call, a violent threat was conveyed against a Metrobus in the District of Columbia. The bus was stopped, evacuated and an innocent citizen who matched the lookout given by the caller was detained, questioned and frisked.

On April 14, 2015, the caller told a 911 dispatcher that a bomb had been placed at the McPherson Square Metro station, and that there was a bomb at the White House.

On May 5, 2015, the caller claimed that he had received information that certain individuals were planning to blow up a bus at the Potomac Avenue Metro station.

Metro Transit Police detectives used cellular phone records, digital video surveillance from stations and buses, and telephone audio to identify Stone-Coleman. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 26, 2015.

“We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro’s customers and employees,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice.”

in May 2014, Stone-Coleman appeared as “Kidd Cole” in an episode of the MTV reality show “Catfish,” a show that documents people who – according to the show’s website – “pretend to be someone [they’re] not by posting false information, such as someone else’s pictures, on social media sites usually with the intention of getting someone to fall in love with you.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the Memorial Day weekend of May 22-25 with service adjustments on five of six rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Monday.

Green Line trains will operate at regular intervals throughout the weekend; Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes with additional service between 9AM-9PM each day. On Saturday and Sunday only, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes. On Monday, Orange and Silver line trains will operate every 15 minutes, while Blue and Yellow line trains will run every 18 minutes.

Memorial Day service information
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.”

From MPD:

Scheduled Street Closures National Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 25, 2015, the National Memorial Day Parade will start at 2:00 pm. The streets along the following route will be closed from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Staging Area 7th Street, NW between Constitution Avenue & Independence Avenue, SW
Parade Area Constitution Avenue between 7th Street & 19th Street, NW
Dispersal Area Virginia Avenue between Constitution Avenue & 22nd Street, NW”

From DPR:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser will visit the Banneker Pool. DPR has a mystery jumper scheduled to cannonball into the pool. DPR has 18 outdoor pools, 24 spray parks and 4 children’s pools, as well as 11 indoor pools.

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced today that it will open all its outdoor aquatic features (17 outdoor pools, 24 spray parks and four children’s pools) to kick off the 2015 summer season, on Saturday, May 23rd, leading into the Memorial Day holiday.

The District’s outdoor pools will remain open for the entire Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, Sunday and Monday – from 12 pm to 6 pm. DC’s spray parks will also be open for the entire holiday weekend from 10 am to 7 pm. District residents with acceptable proof of residency can swim free of charge at all DPR pools; non-District residents must pay a fee.

DPR’s administrative offices, indoor aquatic facilities, recreation and community centers will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday. All permitted events will take place as scheduled and all fields will be open.

Immediately following the Memorial Day weekend, all outdoor aquatic facilities will operate on weekends only (Saturday and Sunday), from 12 pm to 6 pm, until Sunday, June 21st. Starting the next day, on Monday, June 22nd, all outdoor pools and spray parks will begin their regular summer schedules. All outdoor pools are open six days a week, and are closed one day for cleaning and maintenance. Spray parks will operate seven days a week.

Following is a complete listing of DPR’s outdoor and children’s pools, and spray park sites: (more…)

From DC Alerts:

“Metro service on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines are partially suspended in both directions due to a power problem affecting train traffic. Blue and Silver train service is suspended between Benning Rd & Eastern Market stations. Orange Line service is suspended between Minnesota Ave & Eastern Market stations. Metro has sent shuttle buses to Benning Rd, Minnesota Ave, Stadium Armory, Potomac Ave, and Eastern Market stations to assist.

Update: Metro anticipates restoring normal service within 5-10 minutes but there will be residual delays. Commuters may want to consider other transportation options.”

From @Metrorailinfo:

“Orange Line: Rail service RESTORED following earlier power outage near Stadium-Armory. Residual delays continue in both directions.”

“Blue/Silver Line: Rail service has been RESTORED following earlier power outage near Stadium-Armory. Residual delays continue in both direct”

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Meg tweets us at 6:30am:

“@PoPville friendship heights closed due to smoke in the tunnel… HUGE mess already!”

From WMATA:

“Red Line-Major disruption: Rail service temp SUSPENDED btwn Medical Ctr & Friendship Heights due to fire dept response. Consider alternates.”

Red Line: Rail service RESTORED. Trains continue single tracking btwn Medical Center & Friendship Heights. All stations open. 7:40a #wmata”

“Red Line single tracking Medical Ctr to Friendship Heights continues due to earlier track prob/FD response. Expect delays. 8:38a #wmata”

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“Dear PoPville,

I found a Smart Trip card today between Portals I and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. While WMATA says to return the card to their office in Chinatown, I’m curious whether they notify registered Smart Trip card users of their card being found and whether anyone has successfully received their card from WMATA after losing their card.

My plan is to drop the card off after work tomorrow (earliest time I can get there during normal business hours) unless there is a better way to return the card to its owner.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 15-17 with service adjustments on all six rail lines.

This weekend, Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 18 minutes. Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes with Yellow line trains operating between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only and Red Line trains will operate every 24 minutes with additional service between 9AM-9PM Saturday and Sunday.”

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A reader tweets us:

“@PoPville Currently on a southbound green line train, they’re telling us there’s a fire at Georgia Ave/Petworth and we aren’t moving.”

Update: “@PoPville moving now but we will be single tracking thru GA Ave station”

@Metrorailinfo tweets:

“Green/Yellow Line: Trains single tracking btwn Georgia Ave & Fort Totten due to a track problem at Georgia Ave. Delays both directions.”

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Outside Roslyn metro 8:43am

A reader reports:

“co-worker texted me she’s been in a tunnel for 30 minutes and finally offloaded at clarendon. they were told it was “unsafe” for trains to continue.”

@IAFF36 tweets:

“Metro Station Box – Foggy Bottom Metro – #DCFD firefighters investigating arcing insulator & smoke in tunnel”

Update 9:05am:

“Update – Foggy Bottom Metro – @wmata mitigating insulator problem in tunnel to VA, #DCFD standing by”

‏@Metrorailinfo tweets:

“OR/BL/SV: Train service suspended btwn Foggy Bottom – Arlington Cem & btwn Foggy Bottom – Clarendon due to fire dept activity. 8:35a #wmata”

Update:

“OR/SV/BL: Service suspended btwn Foggy Btm & Clarendon/Arl Cemetery for fire dept activity. Significant delays, consider travel alternates”