Morning Rundown

by Andrea Swalec May 14, 2015 at 9:10 am 0

H Street streetcar

Las Placitas Closing on Barracks Row — After 25 years, the Salvadorian/Mexican restaurant Las Placitas will close on 8th Street SE, Capitol Hill Corner says. Matchbox will expand into the Latin restaurant’s storefront, with new seating, an expanded bar and more bathrooms. [Capitol Hill Corner]

New Details on Amtrak Derailment — The Amtrak train that left Union Station and derailed in Philadelphia was traveling 106 mph, more than twice the authorized speed of 50 mph when approaching a curve. Available technology that automatically stops trains from exceeding speed limits could have prevented the disaster that killed seven people, according to the initial investigation. [Washington Post]

Bowser Tax Hike Plan Rejected by D.C. Council — The D.C. Council’s finance committee rejected Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to raise the sales tax by 0.25 percent. Bowser said the sales tax increase would raise a projected $22 million to address homelessness. Councilman Jack Evans said the explanation was “just rhetoric,” as the funds would go toward the city’s general fund. [Washington Times]

ClassPass on Capitol Hill — The Hill Is Home recommends where to use the exercise class deal ClassPass, which lets users try multiple gyms and fitness centers for one monthly fee. Biker Barre, Jade Fitness and Old City Crossfit are on the list. [The Hill Is Home]


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