Category: Washington DC

City to settle lawsuit alleging ‘invasive’ police body probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Washington, D.C., is settling a lawsuit with a black man who accused a Metro police officer of repeatedly probing his anal cavity during a weapons search. News outlets report the American Civil Liberties Union D.C. announced last week that Washington admits no wrongdoing and will pay an undisclosed amount […]

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30 years later, groundbreaking book ‘Banned in DC’ still reverberates

WASHINGTON — This week marks 30 years since the public got its first view of a photo-heavy book depicting the earliest days of D.C.’s hardcore punk scene — and its author says the anniversary is both rewarding and disappointing. Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow got the first copies of their book, “Banned In […]

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A child’s mission to help grows into a coat drive for the community

WASHINGTON — Tatiana Sweeney stood in the cold outside Bin 1301 Wine Bar on U Street in front of tables piled high with coats for the Annual Warming Hearts Coat Drive. Now in its eighth year, the event began when her son was just 10-years-old. “I went inside the store and when I came out, my son […]

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Queer Tango: A dance class where anyone can lead or follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing under multicolored lights in a Columbia Heights studio, the tango instructor told her students to find a partner and practice the dance’s basic position, an intimate embrace between leader and follower. Without skipping a beat, Dhruv Sharma turned to a fellow student and asked a question rarely spoken in a partner […]

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Southern winter storm could brush parts of Northern Virginia

WASHINGTON — Turns out the D.C. area is not in the clear after all, as the impact of a major storm moving through the mid-Atlantic may affect parts of Northern Virginia. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. Sunday to midnight Monday for Culpeper, Stafford, Spotsylvania and southern Fauquier counties and the […]

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New Dupont Circle beauty shop helps customers ‘flex their melanin’

WASHINGTON — As pop music blared through the speakers, customers packed into the Brown Beauty Co-Op in Northwest D.C. for its grand opening on Saturday afternoon. Makeup artists and hair stylists helped women perfect their looks before they posed in front of a wall of balloons or a neon sign to snap a quick selfie. […]

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Bill and Hillary Clinton Using Groupon to Boost Sagging Ticket Sales

Former President Bill Clinton and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are taking desperate measures to boost sagging ticket sales for their 13-city speaking tour, selling them at half price on Groupon. The Clintons were cashing in on their speaking tour tickets before their much-hyped nationwide speaking tour launched in Toronto, Canada. But the Toronto event opened […]

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Photos of the week: Dec. 1-8

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. People gather around the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during the lighting ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The 80-foot Noble Fir was harvested from the Willamette National Forest in […]

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7th person arrested in fatal shooting of 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson

WASHINGTON — Police have made another arrest linked to a fatal shooting in a Northeast D.C. neighborhood that killed 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson in July. Darrise Jeffers, 19, of Northwest D.C. is the seventh person charged in connection to the July 16 gang-motivated shooting that killed Wilson and injured several others, D.C. police announced Friday. Wilson […]

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Star-rating system unveiled for DC’s public schools

WASHINGTON — Nearly 40 percent of D.C.’s public schools, including charters, got a rating of three stars under the new school performance rating unveiled Friday. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled the new system at Harriet Tubman Elementary School. The five star-system — schools can get from one to five stars — evaluates schools on a […]

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Armed kidnapping near Gallaudet University; suspect sought by police

Police are looking for a suspect in an early Thursday armed kidnapping. (Courtesy DC police) WASHINGTON — Police are looking for a suspect in an early Thursday morning armed kidnapping at a home near Gallaudet University in Northeast D.C. Police say a man entered a home Thursday on West Virginia Avenue near Florida Avenue in Northeast […]

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Memorial bridge closure begins Friday morning

WASHINGTON — The Memorial Bridge will completely close from 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 7 to 5 a.m. Monday Dec. 10, weather permitting. The closure, part of the more than two years of major construction that began this fall, is needed to install additional support under the middle span of the bridge as crews begin to […]

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Memorial bridge closure begins Friday night

WASHINGTON — The Memorial Bridge will completely close from 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 7 to 5 a.m. Monday Dec. 10, weather permitting. The closure, part of the more than two years of major construction that began this fall, is needed to install additional support under the middle span of the bridge as crews begin to […]

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Memorial Bridge closed until Monday

WASHINGTON — The Memorial Bridge will completely close from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting. The closure, part of the more than two years of major construction that began this fall, is needed to install additional support under the middle span of the bridge as crews begin to remove rusted rebar and […]

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30 years ago, Bombay Club introduced Indian to DC’s fine-dining scene

WASHINGTON — When Ashok Bajaj moved to D.C. from London 30 years ago, he arrived with one objective: to open a fine-dining Indian restaurant in the nation’s capital. Today, D.C.’s dining scene would be incomplete without one — or several. But the restaurant industry was drastically different in the late ‘80s. Most of the white […]

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DC’s next generation of streetlights could solve brightness issues

Among the requirements the city will have is that the color temperature of LEDs used will be no higher than 3,000 Kelvin, which is comparable to the color of warm, white bulbs available in stores. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) WASHINGTON — Streetlights can make streets and alleys safe but, for some D.C. residents, some new bright lights […]

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Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group pleaded guilty Thursday and admitted his role in a money laundering conspiracy in an effort to evade U.S. sanctions, the Justice Department said. Kassim Tajideen, 63, of Beirut, was accused of conspiring with at least five other people […]

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OpenTable’s version of DC’s best restaurants

WASHINGTON — OpenTable is out with its annual 100 Best Restaurants in America, and while the D.C. restaurants that make the list have excellent reputations, many of the current darlings of foodies and the critics are missing. OpenTable bases its list on user reviews culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews between November […]

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OpenTable releases list of best DC restaurants

WASHINGTON — OpenTable is out with its annual 100 Best Restaurants in America, and while the D.C. restaurants that make the list have excellent reputations, many of the current darlings of foodies and the critics are missing. OpenTable bases its list on user reviews culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews between November […]

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PHOTOS: Cirque du Soleil’s ice show ‘Crystal’ opens at Capital One Arena

WASHINGTON — Cirque du Soleil’s ice show “Crystal” is playing through Sunday, Dec. 9, at Capital One Arena in D.C. The show mixes figure skating, juggling, trapeze acrobatics and extreme skating to tell the story of Crystal, a young girl whose fall through the ice sweeps her into an imaginary world of wonders. Cirque du […]

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DC bagel shop cooks up crowds, even months after opening

WASHINGTON — When Andrew Dana first started working on the concept for Call Your Mother, a Jewish-inspired deli that opened in October in D.C.’s Park View neighborhood, he imagined it would be “a semi-sleepy” neighborhood bagel shop that drew a small crowd on the weekends. “I wanted to create a bagel shop that could be […]

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More fired track inspectors blamed for ‘falsified’ reports get jobs back at Metro

WASHINGTON — Track workers blamed for what Metro had called faked inspection reports are getting their jobs back, after an arbitrator found the reports were done as Metro had instructed. A court filing this week suggested Metro and five track workers who had filed a federal lawsuit over their firings reached a settlement in the […]

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