Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)(Updated at 3:05 p.m.) Roads around the Rayburn House Office Building in the Capitol South area were closed for about 30 minutes this afternoon as U.S. Capitol Police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Police determined that the car was not dangerous and reopened the streets about 3 p.m.


The vehicle was reportedly parked near the intersection of Delaware Avenue SW and D Street SW. Police closed D Street SW between South Capitol Street and Washington Avenue SW and Washington Avenue SW between South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue SW about 2:25 p.m.

The Rayburn House Office Building contains offices for multiple members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is located near the Capitol South Metro station.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue


Morning Rundown

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Signs for New H Street Corridor Taqueria Go Up — Signs have gone up at the future home of Fresca Taqueria at 701 H St. NE, the former location of The Spot Deli, which closed down earlier this year. [District Cuisine]

Afternoon March Planned to Protest Deportation Raids — A march to protest a plan by the Obama administration to deport thousands is planned for this afternoon. The march will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Democratic National Headquarters near the Capitol South Metro station and end at the White House. [WUSA9]

Rose’s Luxury Owner Gives TED Talk on Building a Successful Restaurant — Aaron Silverman, chef and owner of Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row, gave a TED Talk on how he built the wildly popular eatery. [Washington City Paper]

Celebrate New Year’s 12 Hours Early at Yards Park — Parents in the Navy Yard area can ring in the new year and still put the kids to sleep by bedtime thanks to Noon Yards Eve at Yards Park tomorrow. [Hill Now]


Captain Cookie & the Milk Man cookies (Photo via Twitter/Captain Cookie)

Free cookies will be up for grabs near the U.S. Capitol soon.

The Captain Cookie & the Milk Man food truck is set to offer free cookies outside Union Station and the Capitol South Metro Station today.

The truck is scheduled to be near Union Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Capitol South from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The complimentary treats are part of a “#ChipReady” event hosted by Visa, which is promoting chip technology for its credit cards.

Photo via Twitter/Captain Cookie

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Morning Rundown

Eight-Story Building Planned for Triangular Plot Near NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station — A team of developers applied to turn a small, triangular lot at the intersection of Florida Avenue NE and 3rd Street NE into an eight-story retail and residential building. [Washington Business Journal]

Employee Assaulted by Customer at Hookah Bar on H Street corridor — An argument between a customer and employee yesterday at a hookah bar on the 1200 block of H Street NE turned violent when the customer hit the employee with a drinking glass. [Frozen Tropics]

Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Making Progress, Shifting Traffic — JDLand surveys the progress of the Virginia Avenue SE tunnel reconstruction project, which has closed lanes and sidewalks near Navy Yard. [JDLand]

Unfounded Reports of Smoke Closed Capitol South Metro Station Yesterday — Metro’s Orange, Blue and Silver lines experienced delays yesterday evening after the Capitol South station was closed and evacuated at 6:05 p.m. due to reports of smoke. No smoke or fire was found, but the station was closed for about half an hour. [Washington Post]


Capitol South Metro stationVisitors to the Capitol South Metro station have a new tool to help them navigate Capitol Hill and the District’s transportation options.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority today unveiled a 72-inch touch screen that features an interactive map and transportation information for Metro users at Capitol South. The screen, which also displays ads, is part of a digital advertising pilot program launched at Capitol South and seven other Metro station in D.C.

With the screen, users can pull up Metro and Hill maps, as well as information on train arrivals and departures, bus connections and bicycle rack availability, among other details.

“We are excited to pilot these new touch screen displays which provide real-time passenger information in a rider-friendly design, while expanding advertising opportunities throughout the Metrorail system,” WMATA Assistant General Manager Lynn Bowersox said in a statement. “WMATA advertising generates about $20 million annually in revenues that support bus and rail transportation and help keep fares affordable for riders.”

The pilot program will run for three to six months.


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