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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Showcases Upcoming Real Estate Development Opportunities


From Robert Marus: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins today announced forthcoming District development solicitations. The announcement came at a Pre-Solicitation Workshop hosted by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) in conjunction with the Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) at the Lincoln Theatre. The intent of the Pre-Solicitation Workshop was to introduce various upcoming projects to all sectors of the development community, provide details of the process and response requirements, and provide a forum for interaction between potential project team members ahead of the District’s forthcoming release of the solicitations.

Roaches, No Hot Water Among Restaurant Closures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Roaches at a popular D.C. pizza spot and two other places caught operating without hot water were to blame for three of four area health department closures July 16th through July 20th.

Suspension listings

Deli at Xtra, no hot water, 15009 Marlboro Pike Upper Marlboro, Md.

Z Pizza, presence of vermin (roaches), 806 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.

China DC Noodle. no valid license, 1232 5th St. NE, Washington, D.C.

Jin Lounge, no hot water, 2017 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Customers shocked

Customers seated at the window at Z Pizza, 806 H St. NW, beckoned our camera crew close enough to record their shocked expression as they read the closure report through the glass.

"That's kind of messed up," said customer Keith Altson about a live roach violation. "Been coming here a couple weeks now."

DC Graffiti Abatement Team Answering Question During Live Chat

DC Graffiti Abatement Team Answering Question During Live Chat

If graffiti has been a problem in your neighborhood or business now is your chance to speak out.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) graffiti abatement team will hold a live, online chat about graffiti reduction initiatives and take resident’s questions, suggestions, and graffiti abatement requests on Wednesday, July 25 at 12 p.m.

Businesses who are frequently tagged can also request to have a free mural put up at their site to help eliminate future graffiti vandalism.

To take part in the session visit dpw.dc.gov/livechat or visit www.dpw.dc.gov and select the “Live Chat” icon up at the top of DPW’s homepage. Transcripts of all chat sessions can be reviewed after the session by following these same instructions.

Woman Walks Across Tracks At Metro Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  A woman walked across the tracks at the Metro Center station on Wednesday night, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

Stessel said that at about 9:30 p.m., the woman decided to walk directly across the tracks from one side of platform to the other. She did not use the escalator or walkways, but instead cut straight across the tracks on the upper level of Metro Center.

Midway across the tracks, she changed her mind and decided to cross back to where she had been. Metro employees told her to stay in the middle of the tracks while they cut power to the electrified third rail, which they did for about four minutes.

The unidentified woman left the tracks unhurt. She was taken into custody by Metro Transit PD. it is unclear what charges the woman faces.

 rains were delayed for about five minutes.

HERO CENTRAL: The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) --- Due process is the right of every individual in this nation, but not everyone can afford it.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless provides free, legal services for the poor. Founded in 1986, the clinic operates with over 200 volunteer lawyers. 

In 2002 Washington native LaJuan Brooks and her three children faced being homeless after living one year at an emergency homeless shelter. 

"I was given a letter of termination by the director because I had overstayed my time," Brooks recalled.

Time had run out at the shelter. But Brooks didn't have the funds to move.

"I didn't know, at the time, what my rights were as a client of the shelter. I didn't know what steps needed to be taken," Brooks said.

For Lennox Barnes

By Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO, Washington Humane Society

Lennox Barnes’s life has come to a sad and bitter end. His story is heartbreaking and infuriating, with one part incomprehensible bureaucratic righteousness and three parts love, humanity and the shared will for profound change.

For those who haven’t heard, the details of his short life are achingly tragic. In May 2010, Lennox Barnes was taken from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. All indications are that he was a model citizen – he had no known history of bad behavior, and no aggressive or violent actions in his past.