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Weekend roundup: Messy Monday for the Metro


Humidity was high, Metro had a smoke incident – it was a typical DC weekend in July! Here’s what you may have missed in the past few days.

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New GM Metro Randy Clark couldn’t even do a week’s work without the service being suspended. An electrical fire broke out due to the failure of a low voltage cable between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park on the Red Line on Saturday evening. Shuttles replaced trains between Van Ness and Farragut North until this morning, but full service was restored at 10.30am. And hey, at least Clarke is apparently provide more information than the GMs that preceded it. sometimes tweet during a crisis is the best option!

In other Metro news, MetroAccess workers are on strike today in Forestville. Local 689 members say contract negotiations have broken down with TransDev, the WMATA company contracted to provide MetroAccess services.

Three double shootouts

Double shootings took place in Northeast, Southeast and Southwest DC within 30 minutes Friday night. Patrick Phillips, who was shot on Alabama Avenue SE, later died of his injuries; the condition of the other victims is unknown. DC has recorded 126 homicides so far in 2022, an increase of 12% from 2021. The police are looking for a burgundy GMC Yukon Denali that might be related to the Phillips shoot.

For your health

COVID cases are surging in DC, but public health officials say mandatory masking is not yet required. State Epidemiologist Anil Mangla tell it Job that those at risk should consult a medical professional about indoor masking when we reach an average level of transmission.

President Biden has COVID…again. After reporting negative test results last week, he contracted a rebound case after taking Paxlovid. Although the drug is quite effective in preventing unvaccinated people from becoming seriously ill or hospitalized, its effectiveness for vaccinated people it’s more complicated, Rachel Gutman Wei written in Atlantic.

In better health news, DC has opened a new monkeypox vaccination site in Ward 8. Vaccines are always distributed by appointment.

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • The sister of the 31-year-old man shot dead by DC police wants to see body camera footage of the fatal incident. Kevin Hartgraves-Shird fled from a car in the northwest on Saturday. Police said he did not comply with orders. [NBC Washington]
  • If National Landing plans to be called “NaLa”, I propose to rename the area near the World Bank “SIMBA” (South of I, MBAs). [Post]
  • Want to know more about DC’s Rats? There is a class for that. [CityLab]

By city ​​paper Personal (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The DC Council could pass bills next month ending right turns on red and legalizing “Idaho stopping” for cyclists, which would allow bikes to pass through stop signs. The measures are part of wider security reforms backed by Ward 3 council member Marie Cheh. [Post]
  • DC police are investigating a June arrest in a drug case after an officer placed his knee on a black man’s neck. The tactic has been banned and could result in disciplinary action for the officer. [NBC Washington]
  • Eric Goulet turns to a bid for the Ward 3 State Board of Education seat after his campaign for the Board fails. Just like Ward 5 council member McDuffie from KenyaGoulet will no longer be able to use public funds since accepting fair election money in his first race this cycle. [Twitter]

By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Two rounds of PPP loans and support from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund weren’t enough to save Bad saint. Co-owner Genevieve Villamora says the Filipino restaurant in Columbia Heights hadn’t made a profit in two years. [Axios]
  • Underground food court in the Dupont circle (between Kramers and Starbucks) offers takeout and delivery from several ghost kitchens. [DCist]
  • Michael Schlow closed its 14th Street NW taco restaurant, Ticoto pave the way for a sushi restaurant. [Eater]
  • Chicken + Whiskey opened another location across from Nationals Park last weekend. [Washingtonian]

By city ​​paper Personal (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Professor at Howard University and author Natalie Hopkinson wrote a “theatrical work focused on music” on chuck brown and singer Eva Cassidywhich will premiere at the Source Theater via INSeries next June. [Washingtonian]
  • From Takoma Park to radios, walkmans and nightclubs, Crystal clear waters talks about the resurgence of 90s house sounds thanks to Beyonceit is Renaissance. [Post]
  • A new mural at U and 14th NW streets shines a light on the rise of gun violence, in DC and across the country. [NBC Washington]

By Sarah Marloff (tips? smarloff@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A judge ruled against Rebecca Vardy in what became known as the “Wagatha Christie” libel case. Vardy sued Coleen Rooney (wife of new DC United manager wayne rooney) for accusing her of sharing stories from Rooney’s private Instagram account with tabloid reporters. The case reportedly cost both parties millions of dollars in legal fees. [Guardian, AP]
  • Juan Soto Watch: Will the Nationals move their 23-year-old phenom before Tuesday’s trade deadline? [Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report]
  • The Mystics are heading to the WNBA playoffs! [CBS Sports]
  • It’s been a year since the rebuilding of the Nats officially began. How is it going? [Post]
  • The Mystics, Wizards, Nationalsand Ted Leonsis remember 11 time NBA champion and civil rights activist Bill Russelldied yesterday at the age of 88. [Twitter]

By city ​​paper Personal (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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