Morning Rundown


7-11 to Replace S&J Liquor and 15th Street Dry Cleaners on Massachusetts and Independence Avenues SE — Two longtime businesses on the 1500 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE will close Nov. 30 to make room for a new 7-11. [Hill Rag]

Seven-Story Residential Building Planned for Benning Road on Northeast Capitol Hill — Developers presented plans for a seven-story residential building with 250-300 units, a dog park and a gym on the 1600 block of Benning Road NE near Starburst Plaza. [Urban Turf]

New Events Coming to Revamped Riverby Books — Riverby Books, which recently reopened on Capitol Hill, is planning author readings and zine fests at the store. [Hill Rag]

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives on National Mall — The National Christmas Tree has arrived at the U.S. Capitol and will be set in place today. [Fox 5]


Morning Rundown

Union Station

Man Killed in Southwest Identified Cousin as Shooter Before Death, Police Say — Jerome Diggs said after he was shot this week that his cousin, Gary Nathaniel Proctor, was the shooter, according to police. “Yes, Little Gary shot me,” Diggs said, according to a police affidavit. “I didn’t call the police. I don’t think I’m going to make it. I just want to let somebody know who shot me.” [Washington Post]

The Benning Road NE Stench — Liquid that spewed from a garbage truck is suspected of causing a foul smell near Benning Road and 17th Street NE yesterday. [NBC Washington]

Ice Cream Jubilee in Navy Yard Honored — Time Out ranked Ice Cream Jubilee in Navy Yard as the 10th best ice cream in the nation. The site complimented the shop’s view of the Anacostia River and nontraditional flavors, such as caramel popcorn. [Time Out NY]

Deathcab for Cutie Concert on H Street NE? — Googling “events in D.C.” reveals a concert date by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie today at Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar on the H Street corridor. The posting seems to be an error or joke because the band currently is touring in Australia. [Frozen Tropics]


A man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman near Benning Road NE yesterday has appeared on video.

Sexual abuse involving force happened in an alley on the 700 block of 19th Street NE about 5 a.m. Monday, police said. The attack occurred after a man approached a woman walking in the area.

Video police distributed in connection with the assault shows a man with a fisherman-style hat, white T-shirt and blue jeans leaving a business.

At one point in the video, he walked around in front of the store with what appeared to be cash in his hand, before he put it in one his front pockets. He then walked to a car and leaned on it as he looked at something he pulled out of one of his back pockets.

Police described the suspect as a thin, 5-foot-6 man who is about 25 to 30 years old.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department


1600 block of Benning Road NEA 23-year-old man wanted in connection with a May shooting was arrested over the weekend for allegedly displaying a gun on Benning Road NE, police said yesterday.

Bijan Gray of Northeast D.C. was apprehended about 5 a.m. Sunday after police received a report that he had a gun on the 1600 block of Benning Road NE, which includes a Safeway, McDonald’s and other businesses, according to authorities.

Gray was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incident Sunday and assault with intent to kill in connection with the shooting earlier this year.

He is suspected of shooting a man on the 1900 block of I Street NE May 18, police said. The victim was sent to a hospital with a gunshot wound.

The shooting happened about four blocks from where Gray allegedly flashed a gun.

Gray’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Photo via Google Maps


23rd Place and Benning Road NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was shot on the Benning Road corridor yesterday afternoon.

The shooting happened at about 4:15 p.m. at 23rd Place and Benning Road NE, police said.

The shooter hit the man when he was walking with two other people in the area, according to authorities. The man was hospitalized.

Police are looking for about five people and an older model green Toyota Camry with heavily tinted windows in connection with the shooting. Authorities didn’t have descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

Southwest waterfront

Washington Kastles Eye Floating Stadium in Southwest –The Washington Kastles tennis team is exploring the construction of a partially floating stadium off the Southwest waterfront, near The Wharf development. [Washington Business Journal]

Benning Road Needs Streetcar Project, Councilman Says — “Benning Road is likely going to be the beneficiary of the streetcar program, to the extent that we have a plan of action to nurture retail on the Benning Road corridor,” Councilman Kenyan McDuffie of Ward 5 said. [Washington City Paper]

Charles Allen has ‘Grave Doubts’ about Pepco-Exelon Merger — Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen and other Council members sent a letter to the District’s Public Service Commission saying they think the $6.4 billion Pepco-Exelon merger risks higher prices for residents and a reversal of environmental advances. [Washington Post]

How NoMa Became NoMa — “Being in San Francisco, there was SoMa, which is South of Market,” said James Curtis, founder and managing partner of real estate firm The Bristol Group. “And then I was dating a girl in New York City, so I was down in SoHo all the time. We had to come up with something, so I said, ‘Well, what about NoMa?'” [Next City]


Marion Barry (Photo via Wikimedia Commons/dbking)An effort is underway to honor Marion Barry by naming a major Ward 6 thoroughfare in his honor.

A petition started yesterday (Sunday) suggests renaming the entire length of H Street and Benning Road “Marion Barry Boulevard.” The petition started shortly after Barry died yesterday had been signed by 525 people as of this morning.

The proposed boulevard would cross the city and span nearly 8 miles, running from the western end of H Street NW, near the Foggy Bottom Metro station, to the eastern end of Benning Road in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Here’s what the petition suggests:

Marion Barry was a 4-time Mayor of DC. He dedicated his entire life to serving the DC community and during that time led the fight for several landmark reforms. These include an innovative Youth Summer Jobs program and the Homestead Tax Deduction for seniors. Marion is affectionally known in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area as “Mayor For Life.” Sadly, his life ended in the early morning on November 23, 2014.

We specifically would like Benning Road and H Street (both NE and NW) to be renamed Marion Barry Blvd. H Street is a very busy street in D.C. and is currently undergoing a major transformation that is bringing back its vibrancy. It runs very close to Capitol Hill, the Capitol and the White House. We think it is the perfect street to be renamed in Mayor Barry’s honor.

We are open to suggestions as to which street should be dedicated to Marion Barry, but we strongly believe it should be a major thoroughfare in D.C. Please sign and share this petition if you agree!

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/dbking


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