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Storm reopens power-lines debate

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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

In the aftermath of Friday’s storm that knocked out electricity to nearly 64,000 D.C. homes and businesses, many residents are renewing their calls for Pepco to move its power lines underground, and the D.C. Council may hold a hearing on the issue. Residents with charged laptops or smartphones aired their grief on community listservs about unpleasant heat and spoiled food. Many

commenters said undergrounding the wires would not only mean increased reliability but also eliminate the need for Pepco’s aggressive trimming efforts to protect its overhead lines. “At some point maybe Pepco will decide it does make economic sense after all to bury the power lines,” wrote one resident on the Cleveland Park listserv. “This is not the climate of yesteryear; extreme weather and violent storms are here to stay.” But according to Pepco spokesperson Marcus Beal, overhead wires are also probably here to stay. “Undergrounding is great. The cost See Storm/Page 10

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This tree in the 2900 block of R Street in Georgetown is just one of many destroyed by the storm.

City to consider parking-rule changes By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Z-Burger Tenleytown held its fourth annual Independence Burger Eating Championship event Tuesday afternoon. Contestants competed to see who could eat the most burgers in 10 minutes. The winner, four-time champion Pete Czerwinski of Canada, received $1,000 cash and $1,000 in food tokens.

D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells were among friends at last Wednesday’s hearing on parking issues. A series of smart-growth advocates pushed for market-rate parking on the District’s streets that would end what they called a massive subsidy of people who drive, and at least on a personal level, the members appeared supportive of those goals. A public parking space in D.C., said the Brookings Institution’s Christopher Leinberger, is worth between $10,000 and $60,000, and most are given away for an

almost nominal fee even in high-demand areas. The city shouldn’t prohibit driving, he testified, “but in an urban, walkable environment, we want to minimize the use of cars,” and raising parking rates for meters and permits can encourage that aim. Although the council members seemed supportive of the theory, they said it isn’t likely to advance into reality. The silent majority absent at the hearing wouldn’t go for it, said Cheh, who represents Ward 3, and Wells, who represents Ward 6. “Up on the dais, we have to get elected,” said Wells. “And with parking ... we’re not free to just do what we think is the best choice. Once someone has what they See Parking/Page 5

New canal boat could return to Georgetown

Local entrepreneur to open hardware store in Woodley

By ELIZABETH WIENER

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The National Park Service is hoping to find funds to build a new canal boat to ply Georgetown’s section of the C&O Canal, even as it makes plans to tow the beloved but decrepit “Georgetown” upstream for demolition. Although no funding is available “at this time,” said John Noel, spokesperson for the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the Park Service would like to replace the big mule-drawn barge, a replica of those that hauled coal and other freight from Cumberland, Md. to Washington during the canal’s industrial heyday. “It has a long, long history. We hope to be able to have that again,” Noel said. But for now, he said in a phone interview, park officials are awaiting delivery of a smaller battery-powered

Woodley Park will soon have a hardware store to call its own: Gina Schaefer, owner of seven area Ace Hardware stores, signed a lease this month to open a new shop at 2616 Connecticut Ave. Despite being her eighth hardware store, it represents a first for the District and for Schaefer. The 3,800-square-foot space will be the first of Ace’s new “express model” stores to open in D.C., and it’s among the inaugural 10 to open in the country. Ace believes these smaller stores,

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Dressed in mourning, Arlette Cahen-Coppock and her husband, Bob, held a farewell party last week for the historic “Georgetown” canal boat.

boat to carry canal visitors in Georgetown. They’re also fine-tuning plans to demolish the old barge, and “trying to get a handle” on what a replacement vessel would cost, he said. In the next few weeks, a contractor will haul the See Barge/Page 12

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which will be less than 4,000 square feet, will work well in urban and rural markets. And for cities like D.C., where retail is often located in a converted row house or an otherwise compact space, Schaefer said the new store model is a welcome addition. With their smaller footprints, the stores aim to stock just as many products as the more typical 8,000-square-foot store. Schaefer, who currently carries about 30,000 products in each of her stores, said she plans to have around 80 percent of that inventory in Woodley Park. See Hardware/Page 27

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Teen wins national community service award Sibley president looks back By ELI OKUN

Current Correspondent

A Northwest teen has been named one of 15 winners in the U.S. and Canada in Build-a-Bear Workshop’s Huggable Heroes program, which rewards youth who have made outstanding community service contributions. Yoni Kalin, who graduated last month from the Field School, was recognized for founding and leading the Color My World Project, an organization that repurposes crayons discarded by restaurants and donates them to underprivileged schools. As part of the award, Kalin will receive $10,000 to distribute to

scholarship funds and nonprofits of his choice. The project was inspired by a meal Kalin had at an Outback Steakhouse in South Carolina, where he saw a waitress throw away crayons that his younger cousins had barely touched or not used at all. For Kalin, the moment revealed the perfect opportunity to capitalize on a desire he had felt to make a difference. “I wanted to start a social action project for a long time, but I couldn’t find my niche,� he said. After discussing the idea with friends and family, Kalin took action. Along with his friend and Color My World co-president Gawan Fiore, he reached out to restaurants in the metropolitan area to enlist their See Hero/Page 25

at legacy of hospital growth By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

When Robert Sloan was hired as Sibley Memorial Hospital’s president and chief executive officer in 1985, he took a long walk around the institution’s 12-acre campus in the Palisades, soaking in his responsibilities and the possibilities of what might lie ahead for the hospital. He envisioned creating a longterm-care facility and a new medical office building, and bringing stateof-the-art technology to patients. Now, 27 years later, Sloan is about to retire. As he looks back on his tenure — which is the longest of any area hospital president/chief executive officer — he recognizes that the seeds of some of the hospital’s biggest changes were born on his first day at Sibley. While some goals have taken longer to achieve than others, Sloan shepherded a time of great progress

and opportunity for the hospital, according to Sheliah Roy, director of public relations and marketing. Jerry Price, senior vice president of real estate and construction, has worked with Sloan for all but the first three months of Sloan’s tenure. “What I will remember most about working with Bob is his Sloan dogged determination to stick with the mission of hospital,� said Price, “to serve the community with new services and facilities — and to follow that and do what was best for everyone.� The two met while working together at the now-shuttered Columbia Hospital for Women on L Street in the West End. One of Sloan’s first actions as president at See Sibley/Page 25

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Early-morning fire destroys Glenbrook Road house By ELI OKUN

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It took more than an hour for about 60 firefighters to put out the blaze.

A two-alarm fire ravaged a large Spring Valley home early Friday morning, inflicting complete internal damage but no reported injuries or deaths. According to Oscar Mendez, a spokesperson for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, roughly 60 firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 4869 Glenbrook

Council hearing airs debate over Verizon Center signs By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

The D.C. Council is considering a controversial bill that would allow installation of nine electronic display signs on the exterior of the Verizon Center. Ward 7 member Yvette Alexander heard primarily opposition during a hearing on the bill last month, but will urge the council to support it in a July 10 vote. Ted Leonsis, owner of the Verizon Center and the Washington Wizards, Mystics and Capitals, submitted the idea for the signs late last year, but he needs the council’s support to apply for a permit to exempt the arena from the city’s ban on billboards. “We believe these signs are good for the city, the neighborhood, the Verizon Center, our teams and our fans,� Leonsis said in testimony at the June 20 hearing. He cited increased tax revenue for the District and increased profit for the teams as selling points. The signs would show messages from advertisers, as well as news from the teams that play at the Verizon Center. More than 20 witnesses testified at the hearing, most of them advising the council not to pass the Verizon Center Graphics and Entertainment Act of 2012. The hearing was originally scheduled for January of this year, but it was delayed to give

Leonsis’ company, Monumental Sports, time to address citizens concerns with the original bill. The company made many changes to the proposed signs in an effort to appease residents. The revised bill specifies the size and luminosity of the signs, says no sound will be allowed and creates “closing times� at night when the screens will be turned off. In addition, Monumental Sports agreed that the signs could be used to advertise community events and convey emergency warnings, and promised not to place signs on the 6th Street side of the Verizon Center, the only side that faces residences. Council member Alexander, who introduced the measure, said the signs will contribute to the neighborhood. “I believe that the new, modern digital displays and static signage will add to the vibrancy of the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood,� she wrote in an email to The Current. “The new signs would add to the liveliness and character of the area.� Alexander also cited the $8 million to $10 million in tax revenue the Verizon Center is expected to generate for the city over the next four to five years through selling advertisements for the signs. But many oppose the idea. Tom See Signs/Page 12

The week ahead Tuesday, July 10

The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission will hold a public forum with D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield, who is seeking another four-year term as chief judge. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 3100, Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave. NW.

Thursday, July 12

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. The agenda will include consideration of a draft master plan and design guidelines for the McMillan Park Reservoir site.

Friday, July 13

The D.C. Office on Aging will hold a meeting on Senior Needs Assessment Initial Data Collection. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW.

Tuesday, July 17

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will hold a “State of the Schools 2012� meeting for Ward 1 residents. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW.

Road. Typically, 34 firefighters are sent out on each alarm, he said. Since the investigation is still ongoing and a report has not yet been prepared, fire department officials would not comment on how the fire started or on other specifics of the incident. Mendez said the department received a call about the fire at 5:29 a.m. and arrived at the house at 5:34, putting out the fire by about 6:45. Video of the blaze posted on statter911.com

shows flames consuming all floors of the house, which sits slightly above the street on a small hill. “It’s my understanding that the fire had a good head start upon their arrival,� said Edward Smith, president of the District of Columbia Firefighters Association, Local 36. By Friday afternoon, with a corner of the structure still smoldering, the house’s windows, roof and interior walls were gone. Only See Fire/Page 21

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Council to consider business license bills Business owners would be able to wait twice as long before renewing their licenses and other documentation if the D.C. Council adopts two bills introduced by atlarge member Michael Brown. According to a news release from Brown’s office, one of the

bills would make a basic business license valid for four years instead of two; the second would make the same change to a small locally owned firm’s registration as a Certified Business Enterprise. The change will save time for business owners and for the District government, Brown says in the release.

Area education group appoints new director

A longtime professional fundraiser who has privately raised money for initiatives at schools in the Capitol Hill area has been named the new president and executive director of the citywide DC Public Education Fund, the group announced last week. Catherine Townsend, the mother of four D.C. public school students, pledges in a news release to use her expertise to raise money for the city’s school system. Townsend most recently worked as a lobbyist for public agencies and nonprofits, and she has also served as the associate director for the Share Our Strength anti-hunger nonprofit. Since its founding in 2007, the DC Public Education Fund has

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Local officials praise health-care ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will allow the District to move forward with implementing the law’s important elements, Mayor Vincent Gray said in a news release Thursday. Among other local officials praising the decision were at-large D.C. Council member David Catania and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. The District had filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting the law, which bans health insurance companies from denying coverage and which fines citizens who don’t buy insurance. On Friday, the D.C. Council reviewed Gray’s nominees for a board that will help oversee the District’s health insurance exchange, an element of the new health-care law. The release says the mayor expects the nominees to be confirmed July 10.

City seeks to track minor car accidents

Residents involved in minor car accidents are being asked to mail a form to the D.C. Department of Transportation describing the crash, which the agency will use to track streets’ safety, according to a news release. Because Metropolitan Police Department officers typically respond only to crashes that cause injury or require a car to be towed, the agency hopes the voluntary “property damage only crash forms� will fill in gaps in its understanding of safety issues.

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Group compiling list of ‘endangered’ sites

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Historic district signs posted on Grant Road

More than a decade after the Historic Preservation Review Board approved a dozen-odd 19thcentury Tenleytown homes and other buildings as part of a small historic district, the city has installed new signs identifying it. In mid-May, the city installed the five circular signs reading “Grant Road Historic District� along the road’s two-block stretch near the intersection of Albemarle Street and Nebraska Avenue. Grant Road was once part of the military road connecting the city’s ring of Civil War forts. The buildings lining the road predate the 1930s street grid that now dominates Tenleytown; in approving the historic district in 2002, preservation officials said this juxtaposition makes for a useful contrast between old and new.

Georgetown to repeat Fashion’s Night Out Georgetown will serve as the District’s “fashion playground� during this year’s worldwide Fashion’s Night Out Sept. 6, according to the Georgetown Business Improvement District, which is sponsoring the event. In addition to late-night hours at neighborhood stores, the event will feature live entertainment and other festivities, a news release states. Last year’s Fashion’s Night Out, the second time Georgetown participated, attracted 105 “fashionable events� in the neighborhood, according to the release.

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PARKING: Contractors seek ability to purchase passes for residential permit streets From Page 1

believe to be free parking, if you try to take that away from them there’s heck to pay.� Furthermore, any changes will likely wait until the D.C. Department of Transportation issues sweeping parking recommendations that the agency promised at the hearing would be available this fall. The hearing in Cheh’s Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation was specifically convened about two specific proposals: a measure that would allow contractors working in the District to purchase parking passes for residential streets, introduced by Wells; and one that would allow disabled residents without a drivers license to reserve a parking space in front of their homes, introduced by Ward 8 member Marion Barry. Today, residents need a license to reserve a parking space; the bill aims to help those who want to have a space available for people who are helping them. Contractors, meanwhile, have no legal options for

parking their vehicles for more than two hours on streets governed by residential permit rules and testified that they regularly receive tickets. But Transportation Department officials urged the council to wait to act until the agency has a chance to study parking issues more broadly. “The agency understands the intent of both bills but feels that as much as possible parking policies should be undertaken as part of a comprehensive approach,� director Terry Bellamy testified. In addition to the issues of reserving parking in front of disabled residents’ homes and establishing parking permits for contractors working on homes, Bellamy said, the agency is reviewing issues suggested by the smart-growth advocates. Their suggestions at the hearing included upping costs for meters and residential parking permits, eliminating free visitor parking passes, and instituting smaller zones in which a residential permit is valid. Cheh expressed some concern at the agency’s request for a delay. “I’ve heard people say at a hearing

that nothing will kill action more than saying, ‘We’re studying it,’� she said. Although no one testified regarding the disabled spaces, several contractors and representatives of trade groups said their problem is urgent. Contractors’ vehicles regularly receive multiple parking tickets each day that the workers are at a job site. “The citizens of the District of Columbia are being punished by parking restrictions,� said Tim Cropp of AC Contractors of America. “Many of our members avoid resi-

dential work in the District of Columbia because they cannot afford to do the HVAC work that D.C. residents need if their vehicles will be fined or towed.� Wells’ bill would charge contractors a $500 annual fee for a parking pass, but he said he was willing to work with contractors who testified that the amount would be prohibitively expensive. But the District’s newly hired “parking czar,� Angelo Rao, said the agency currently has minimal data about the usage and demand for its

260,000 on-street parking spaces, and he urged patience. “All these tools should be on the table, but we should evaluate them collectively,� he said. Despite the council members’ skepticism of winning support for some initiatives — Wells noted that a bill he had introduced to increase parking permit costs for households with multiple cars “was voted down before I could even put the period on my sentence� — Cheh asked the agency to recommend whatever it considers to be the best policies.

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Regional utility Pepco should establish a policy of burying power lines whenever streets are torn up for any reason, utility-related or otherwise. Mayor Vincent Gray hinted that he has reached a similar conclusion in an interview on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show Monday. After the crisis caused by Friday’s fast and furious storm passes, Mayor Gray said, regional leaders should sit down and discuss the underlying problem: how to prevent the power from going out in the first place. In an interview on the same show, Pepco president Thomas Graham recycled arguments we’ve heard before. Burying lines for the entire city would run about $4 billion, he said. Trimming trees and other measures have improved reliability considerably for Pepco customers. The utility does have a policy of “selective undergrounding” that it taps after other measures have been tried, he said. “There’s not much I can do” about a storm like Friday’s, Mr. Graham said. We agree that no aboveground system could have withstood the ferocity and length of last week’s storm. But surely the time has come to acknowledge that the future of the city’s power lies underground, protected from the dramatic weather events that seem to have become more frequent in recent years. The cost Mr. Graham quotes is indeed huge. But in order to put it in context, we’d like to see a real accounting of the costs that widespread outages like this one cause, including the loss in restaurant sales and rotted inventory, the drop in productivity from workers whose child care disappears along with the lights, and more. And of course, there’s no accounting for the loss of life that often occurs, as it did in this storm, when live wires come down. What’s more, a policy to underground power lines whenever roads are torn up for other reasons would clearly cost far less than $4 billion. The result over time would be a safer city that has reliable power — as well as utility customers who might even be willing to pay the rate increase that Pepco now says it needs. That’s an outcome that even Pepco’s shareholders could support.

Unemployment insurance

When searching for ways to bring down the District’s high jobless rate, leaders would do well to consider reforming the city’s strict unemployment insurance rules, which almost certainly encourage employers to do business elsewhere. Unemployment insurance, as discussed by attorneys at a recent DC Chamber of Commerce forum, is supposed to provide benefits to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. But in the District, sometimes employers end up paying when they shouldn’t have to. For instance, when a worker voluntarily leaves a company to work elsewhere and is then soon laid off, most of the unemployment benefits he receives usually come from the firm he left voluntarily. This is clearly unfair to his original employer, whose tax rate might then increase. In a recent decision by a local administrative law judge, a bus driver was fired after three minor accidents, two of which she admitted were her fault. The judge ruled that the driver should get unemployment benefits even though she disregarded the employer’s rules. The judge claimed the employer had to show that the troublesome conduct was not the result of mere inefficiency, incompetence or negligence in order to disqualify the employee from receiving unemployment benefits. While the fault for hiring an incompetent worker clearly lies with the employer, we think the D.C. Council should make clear that repeated employee negligence and inefficiency are the employee’s fault — not the employer’s — and that in such cases no benefits are justified.

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here was some good news for the District’s second-class citizens as we headed into the Fourth of July holiday week celebrating independence. It appeared that Congress is backing away from a disputed plan to co-opt the District’s elegant World War I Memorial and turn it into a “national” memorial for that war. “The D.C. War Memorial was built with the blood and treasure of D.C. residents, including funds from schoolchildren,” said D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in a prepared statement to the media. “I am relieved and gratified that the D.C. War Memorial will remain dedicated as intended.” The unique memorial, shaped like a bandstand, sits near the elaborate National World War II Memorial. The 1931 structure, recently restored, contains the names of 499 District citizens who died in World War I. The names are listed without regard to rank, sex or race. And there also was news on the Hill that the city finally would be allowed to display a statue of Frederick Douglass in Congress. The statue, which has been sitting around since 2008, will join 120 other statues representative of other states and jurisdictions. But, of course, these modest if symbolic achievements were overshadowed by real-life politics. A bill supported by Republicans in the House was sidetracked in the Senate. The bill would have given the city “budget autonomy” so that it could spend its tax monies separate from the federal calendar and even if there was a federal government “shutdown.” But supporters of the bill pulled it from consideration after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., attached amendments that the city considered poison pills. One would make permanent the ban on spending any funds for abortion. Another would force the city to adopt a “concealed carry” law that would allow District citizens to carry handguns with them throughout the city. The provision also would force the city to accept “concealed carry” laws of the states. That would mean possibly tens of thousands of visitors to the city would come carrying guns. That’s just what we need, thousands of tourists packing heat to our city and Capitol Hill. Do you think for a minute the visitors will be allowed to carry those guns into the halls of Congress where Sen. Rand Paul works? ■ Once again. The horrific derecho storm that crashed through our area had one predictable result. It showed once again that the metropolitan region — despite endless meetings, planning and tons of money — still doesn’t react in unison during emergencies. In some cases, 911 service went out in Virginia; Montgomery County’s traffic signals apparently have no backup, and roadway traffic at darkened intersections all over was at best chaotic. Not once during the weekend did we get the sense that the area’s emergency command centers were coordinating any responses. The problem is we have many jigsaw parts, and in emergencies they don’t fit together very well.

■ The Gandhi go-ahead. Your Notebook turned a few eyes when we came off of our staycation last week to sit in on the confirmation hearing for Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi. The Thursday hearing by Finance and Revenue Committee chair Jack Evans, the Ward 2 council member, drew a stellar witness list of folks anxious to support Gandhi. The leadoff witness was former Mayor Anthony Williams. He praised Gandhi’s role in leading the city back to solvency, and he disputed the idea that there should be a national search to consider others. “I’m not a big, big fan of these global searches,” Williams said. “At this point in our history, Gandhi is a stabilizing force.” Of course, the former mayor was referring to the economic uncertainty, not the political scandals wracking the city. Others who testified included Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade; longtime labor leader Geo T. Johnson of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Barbara Lang, president of the DC Chamber of Commerce; Ernie Jarvis of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association; and former D.C. Council members Kathy Patterson and Charlene Drew Jarvis (yes, Ernie’s mother). John Hill, the outgoing executive director of the DC Federal City Council, praised Gandhi, too. He said when Gandhi took over as chief financial officer, the city’s tax system “was not just broken, it was almost nonexistent.” Hill — who ran the control board at the time — recalled that crucial tax records were piled in boxes on office floors. Gandhi modestly accepted all the praise and recalled his “worst day” in office, when authorities disclosed that Harriette Walters had stolen nearly $50 million over several years. Gandhi had a good hearing despite reference to that scandal and a few other complaints of his leadership. But he didn’t escape entirely. When Evans’ committee voted on Gandhi on Friday, at-large Council member David Catania weighed in heavily. Catania is among Gandhi’s most severe critics, but had been out of town for the hearing. Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post reported that Catania spent 11 minutes raking Gandhi’s service failures, from the extraordinary theft by Walters to faulty revenue projections, questions over a disputed lottery contract and other shortcomings. The five-member committee then voted 4-1 to move Gandhi’s reappointment to the full council for a vote next week. ■ A final Fourth word. If you’re by chance reading this early on the Fourth of July, we hope you’ll make it to the annual Palisades Parade on MacArthur Boulevard NW. Say hello if we’re there with our News4 camera. The parade is a true measure of our “hometown” that folks like Sen. Paul don’t know, don’t see and — apparently — don’t care about. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the eDItor In Petworth, the honor system works I recently had a reminder that Petworth is a really great place to live — one where you can even sell items placed in front of your house using the honor system. Recently I sold an elliptical exercise bike using this method.

In the morning I placed the bike outside of my home, attaching a note and a Ziploc bag to it using regular grocery ties that you find in the produce section. On the bag I wrote “money bag.” The note asked for $50 to be placed in the attached bag, and for the bag to be put in the green flowerpot at the top of the stairs. I went on with my daily chores, and I returned at about 6 p.m. At first I did not even notice the bike was gone. When I real-

ized it wasn’t there, I rushed to the flowerpot. There it was: the Ziploc bag, in the flowerpot! But, what was even more awesome, the buyer had taken the time to carefully attach the bag with the $50 to the plant in the flowerpot, ensuring that it would not blow away! OMG! How great was that? To my awesome Petworth neighbors, thank you! Sonia Harvey Petworth


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n July 11, 1912, 16 men led by John Dolph and George Harris chartered the Rotary Club of Washington, DC. Like the young club in our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, the Rotary movement was beginning to grow rapidly, but neither the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders nor the thousands of Rotarians in 46 clubs scattered across the United States, Canada and Great Britain could have foreseen the important role Rotary would play in Washington and the world. By the nature of its location in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, has always played an important part in Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international mission of peace and understanding. During World War I, between 25 and 50 foreign diplomats and military officers regularly attended the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meetings. The club assisted the Red Cross and staged relief campaigns for suffering civilians in war zones. After the war, the club turned its attention to the needs of the local community. By 1922, the club had purchased a bus and was providing transportation to invalids, shut-ins and underprivileged residents of Washington. That year, the club incorporated the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C., which would continue the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charitable works in the community. Over the years, the foundation has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships to District

Letters to the eDItor better signage would address circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flaws

The Chevy Chase Circle traffic problem [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighbors balk at plans for lights at traffic circle,â&#x20AC;? June 20] can be solved through driver education. A large sign on the approaches to the circle, in large readable letters, should say simply: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yield â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traffic in the circle has the right of way!â&#x20AC;? The driver manual, which everyone who has a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license should have read, says this quite clearly. The system, when followed, works well in England and several other European countries, and it could work well here and avoid any need for traffic lights if only drivers would follow that rule. Robert Asman Chevy Chase

District shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tax fair use of parks

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in an early-morning boot camp for seven years, and I disagree with a city plan to force workout groups and their professional trainers to register for a permit and/or pay concession fees if they use public parks. This proposal, found in pending legislation, sounds like another effort to generate revenue by nickeland-diming local residents. The cost of administering and enforcing the provision would probably exceed

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students, grants to worthy nonprofit organizations, recreational programs for wounded veterans and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and support for the Boys & Girls Clubs. For more than a decade, the club has provided a free dictionary to every thirdgrader in District public schools. Internationally, the club has played host to Rotary International presidents from around the globe, welcomed diplomats, scholars and teams of young professionals on exchange programs to Washington, sent young scholars to study abroad, funded humanitarian projects in dozens of countries and been a leader in Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global campaign to eliminate polio. Today, the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 members offer a portrait of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse population. Our members represent all sectors of professional life in D.C. from business, nonprofits and international non-governmental organizations to government agencies, and they include more than 40 nationalities. Seventy ambassadors are honorary members, promoting dialogue and serving as liaisons for many international service projects. Women make up more than third of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership, and the average age has dropped dramatically as young professionals are drawn to the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission of service. It would be easy to rest on our laurels after 100 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Washington, D.C., but there is still much work to do as the club enters its second century. J.W. Arnold is a past president of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC.

the revenues generated. Unlike other park uses, the use of park space by workout groups is decidedly low-impact. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tear up turf or require additional city services (like periodic mowings). Unlike baseball or soccer teams, workout groups have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;small footprintâ&#x20AC;? and use various areas of a given park during our workouts. Wear and tear is de minimis. If another group has a competing need, we can and do move to accommodate their needs. If another group has a permit, their use trumps. If a neighbor complains about our groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use (maybe the grunts, groans and pops emitted by aging bodies are a little loud), we are reminded to consider our neighbors. And if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, people can call the police â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that will have the necessary chastising effect. Nothing about paying a concession fee ensures that people will behave any better than they do now. Also, our community benefits as more of us use the neighborhood parks. It enhances our personal commitment and sense of stewardship toward these public spaces. Consider the number of not-forprofit organizations that support different parks across the city. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying they would wither on the vine if workout groups get taxed, but I am saying that a tax on workout groups would leave a sour taste in my mouth. Why should my enjoyment of the park be subject to a tax, when othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use is not? It seems odd for members of D.C. Council to advance an initia-

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tive to deter healthy living by taxing workout groups. So much more money could be raised by taxing sugary beverages to deter a behavior associated with rising rates of obesity. Members of workout groups set an excellent example of healthier lifestyles for their families and community. By the way, D.C. revenues are already enhanced by workout groups exercising in public spaces. Healthier people tend to live more productive lives. When their productivity results in increased personal income, the local economy benefits. The local economy also benefits from the money earned by the personal trainers who lead these workouts. Why should they be taxed twice? Jill Thorpe Foxhall Village

Community shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tolerate trash piles

Foggy Bottom has become a haven for the homeless, thanks to the hospitality Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen and Western Presbyterian Church provide at 24th and G streets. But what explains the pile of trash at 24th and L streets outside the West End Library? For months this accumulation of junk festooned with plastic sheets has been allowed to occupy the corner. As a health hazard, it should be removed. And just as important, it is an eyesore that no self-respecting community would tolerate. Bernard Burt Foggy Bottom

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psa 101

PSA 101 â&#x2013;  downtown

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; construction site; 2:45 p.m. June 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  9th and G streets; store; 4 a.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 11th St.; park area; 3:21 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; construction site; 5:51 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1300 block, G St.; park area; 5 p.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, F St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. June 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; unspecified premises; 6:47 p.m. June 30.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  5th and K streets; sidewalk; 5 a.m. June 24. Robbery (carjacking) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; street; 4 a.m. July 1. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  700 block, E St.; store; 9:18 p.m. June 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; public housing; 8:15 a.m. July 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 6 p.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  500 block, L St.; street; 7 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  3rd and K streets; street; 7 a.m. June 28. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 8:04 p.m. June 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; park area; 8:19 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  8th and D streets; sidewalk; 6:48 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; park area; 8:32 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  500 block, Indiana Ave.; government building; 9 a.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; construction site; 5:13 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; park area; 9:50 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 2:34 a.m. July 1. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:45 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  800 block, K St.; street; 9:30 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  800 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. June 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 6th St.; street; 10:10 a.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  6th and E streets; unspecified premises; 10:22 p.m. June

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psa 201

PSA 201 â&#x2013;  chevy chase Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 5:53 p.m. June 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Oregon Avenue and Wise Road; street; 9 a.m. June 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:59 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; restaurant; 1 p.m. June 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Stephenson Place; street; 8 p.m. June 25.

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PSA 202 tenleytown / aU park Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 p.m. June 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, 46th St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. June 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, 38th St.; street; 3:22 a.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  4700 block, Asbury Place; street; noon June 25. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Windom Place; street; 6:45 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Garrison St.; street; 6:30 a.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 42nd St.; drugstore; 9:45 a.m. June 27.

psa 203

â&#x2013;  forest hills / van ness PSA 203

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Burglary â&#x2013;  3600 block, Quebec St.; liquor store; 10:46 p.m. June 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  35th and Albemarle streets; street; 6:05 p.m. June 62. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 6:10 p.m. July 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Ellicott St.; street; 10:30 p.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Cumberland St.; street; 5:30 p.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Newark St.; unspecified premises; 8:16 a.m. June 27.

psa 204

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Burglary â&#x2013;  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; liquor store; 10:37 a.m. July 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. June 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Lowell St.; drugstore; 8 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Davis Place;

street; 11:50 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 2 p.m. June 29.

psa 205

â&#x2013;  palisades / sprinG valley PSA 205

wesley heiGhts / foxhall

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Nebraska Ave.; church; 6 p.m. June 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Maud St.; street; 5 p.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Clark Place; drugstore; 9:06 a.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  4800 block, Hutchins Place; street; 3 p.m. June 26.

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â&#x2013;  GeorGetown / bUrleith

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Volta Place; park area; 2:40 p.m. June 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 10:15 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:50 p.m. June 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. June 25.

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Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 6:12 p.m. June 30. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 18th St.; store; 7:56 p.m. June 29. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2400 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 9:05 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  800 block, 16th St.; sidewalk; 5:30 p.m. June 28. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; sidewalk; unspecified time June 26. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; store; 1:15 p.m. June 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; park area; 1:15 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; park area; 7:10 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 25th St.; unspecified premises; 7:45 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; unspecified time June 27. â&#x2013;  2100 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 10:47 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:10 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; sidewalk; 4 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut

Ave.; office building; 12:16 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; park area; 12:30 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  2400 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. July 1. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  800 block, 21st St.; university; 7:40 p.m. June 25. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; drugstore; 9:20 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4 p.m. June 29. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. June 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; street; 12:40 a.m. June 26.

psa 208

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PSA 208 circle dUpont

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; store; 4:56 a.m. July 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; store; 2 a.m. June 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:08 a.m. July 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 3 p.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  17th and M streets; street; 10 p.m. June 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:12 a.m. July 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; park area; 11 a.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 2 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1 p.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; midnight June 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; residence; 7:20 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; bank; 7:50 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 14th St.; hotel; 9:45 p.m. June 30. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  17th and P streets; street; 11 a.m. June 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Church St.; street; 11 p.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Florida Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:20 a.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 6:30 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Phelps Place; unspecified premises; 8:55 a.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 2:26 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 11:08 p.m. July 1.


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All-America games unite rivals By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

As Gonzaga defenseman Matt Borda walked off the lacrosse field Saturday, a teammate on the D.C. all-star team tapped him on the helmet and playfully said, “Gonzaga sucks.” That player was a fellow all-star from Georgetown Prep — one of the Eagles’ biggest rivals — who quickly followed up the joke by saying, “Gonzaga was the best this season.” The weekend’s Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Towson University brought players together from local rival schools to represent the District in one of the biggest national lacrosse showcase events of the summer. There was a flurry of both boys and girls games, with Gonzaga and Georgetown Visitation represented. Borda, a rising senior who has already committed to Fairfield, was there for Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions Gonzaga, while rising juniors Ana Hagerup and Kelly Myers and rising sophomore Maggie Jackson represented Visitation. For those who haven’t committed to university lacrosse programs, the series of games was a chance to show their talent to the slew of collegiate coaches in attendance. “I feel like it raises my level of play and gets me used to playing with the players that I will probably play with in college,” said Myers. “I think it’s just fun to play with all of the best players,” Jackson added. “It makes you get better and they bring out your talents.” For those like Borda who’ve already latched onto a college team, the event was a chance to play with some of the top talent from around the country. “It doesn’t do much now that I’m already committed. But it shows coach [Andy] Copelan up at Fairfield how I’m progressing and what I need to work on,” Borda said. “It definitely gets my game going. You need to step your game up or you’re going to get run off the field.” On the boys’ side, Borda teamed up with players from Georgetown Prep, Bullis, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes as well as Washington

Catholic Athletic Conference stars from DeMatha and St. Mary’s Ryken. For the Eagles defender, uniting with talented rivals was a pleasant change. “It’s great because I play with most of them all the time,” Borda said. “They can really bring it.” Borda and the D.C. all-star squad went 3-1 in pool play en route to the tournament semifinals. But in the single-elimination round Sunday, the District’s all-stars fell to the Philadelphia squad 10-7. On the girls’ side, the Visitation players joined forces with competitors from their biggest local rival — St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. But many of the Cubs players have experience playing club lacrosse with the Saints players, which made for an easy transition. “It’s really fun playing with all of these girls,” said Ana Hagerup, who recently gave a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia. “They’re the best from D.C., Maryland and Virginia. It’s different because when we play each other during the school year we are all rivals ... especially [with] the girls from St. Stephen’s.” That familiarity helped the girls roll through pool play and win all four of their games to grab the top seed in the tournament. “I think we’re all gelling really well together,” Hagerup said Saturday after the District pounded the Midwest team 19-3. “We know how they play from scouting them a lot, and we’re all good friends. Some of us are going to college together, so it’s fun to have those

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Above, Gonzaga’s Matt Borda, left, joined forces with local rivals to represent the District at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. Above left, Visitation’s Ana Hagerup, left, Kelly Myers and Maggie Jackson played for D.C.’s girls team. friendships.” But like D.C.’s boys team, the girls fell in the semifinals Sunday, losing 10-9 to New Jersey. While the underclassmen were trying to make an impression, the upperclassmen had one last contest to play at the high school level — the Under Armour All-America Game. Northwest D.C. wasn’t represented in the girls game, but in the boys senior all-star game, Gonzaga’s Connor Reed played a big role in the South’s 12-11 win over the North’s allstars. The game was tied at three when Reed broke down the North’s defense and dished out

his final assist as a high school player to score the go-ahead goal early in the second quarter. The South never trailed again and went on to win 12-11. Reed will be taking his talents to John Hopkins next spring. For Borda and the underclassmen, the event was part of their offseason preparations for another championship run. “They’re all coming for us next year; we know that,” said Borda. “We want to keep doing what we’re doing and to work hard in the offseason. Then just go get the championship again, four-peat, and get me out of there with four championships.”

Hoyas fall short of London at Olympic trials in Oregon By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Elizabeth Maloy, right, was one of three Hoyas in the 5,000.

Five athletes with Georgetown University ties participated in the Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore., throughout the last week. On Thursday, Elizabeth Maloy, a 2006 Georgetown graduate, and current senior Emily Infield ran in the women’s 5,000-meter race. Both needed a top-three finish and a time of 15:20 or better to qualify for the London games. Meanwhile, Andrew Bumbalough, a graduate student in sports management, went out for the men’s 5,000-meter race.

Then on Sunday, Georgetown alums Maggie Infeld and Treniere Moser raced in the 1,500-meter finals for a chance to go to the summer games. Despite strong performances, all five competitors’ Olympic dreams were dashed in the trials. Maloy finished in seventh place in the 5000 meter with a time of 15:24.85. “It’s disappointing because it was really anyone’s race,” Maloy told guhoyas.com. “I just had an off day and it’s just disappointing that it had to happen today.” Meanwhile, Infield finished in eighth place with a time of 15:28.60,

a personal best according to guyhoyas.com. “I thought I had it in my legs with 600 [meters] to go,” Infeld told the website. “It was rough, but it was a good experience and fun overall.” On the men’s side, Bumbalough finished in fourth place in the 5000 meter with a time of 13:26.67 — just one spot shy of the London games. “If you look at [today’s race], the guy who got second place today could win the gold medal in London — that just shows you how far we’ve come as a country in this sport,” Bumbalough told guhoyas. com. “It makes it tough for up-and-

coming guys to make team.” On Sunday, Infeld and Moser weren’t able to crack the top three of the 1,500-meter race to claim spots in London. Infeld finished with a personal best time of 4:08.31, but it was only good enough for eighth place. “I tried to run smart and stay patient,” Infeld told guyhoyas.com. “It’s a world-class field. I don’t know that I would change anything — I gave it my all today. Going into this year, I wanted to get to this final and have my best race in this final and I did it.” Meanwhile, Moser finished in 11th place with a time of 4:15.84.


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is the problem,â&#x20AC;? said Beal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Undergrounding is extremely expensive to do,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $3 million per mile in suburban areas, and up to $12 million per mile in a dense urban environment. Even beyond the economic impact, said Beal, installing power lines underground disrupts traffic and tears up streets and yards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as each home needs an underground connection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the digging can damage tree roots. Pepco is considering installing underground utilities in certain areas, Beal said, but the regionwide implementation that many residents want isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feasible. But to Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, the argument doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand up, and she called on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Service Commission to push

Pepco to begin undergrounding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe this will be the storm that pushes the Public Service Commission to action,â&#x20AC;? Cheh wrote in an email posted on several community listservs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The argument against it has always been cost, and indeed it is costly, but if we were to really consider the total costs from these outages, the case for under grounding would be clear.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could do it in pieces,â&#x20AC;? Cheh added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we need to start now.â&#x20AC;? Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, in an interview, agreed that undergrounding needs to be seriously evaluated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going spend a lot of time looking at the infrastructure to see if there are any changes we can make,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to having this discussion to see how we can move forward.â&#x20AC;?

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downed trees and still no powerâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; needed attention as well. According to D.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Monica Hernandez, 95 percent of debris will be gone from public space within two weeks, and streets, sidewalks and alleys are being cleared now. Wards 3, 4 and 6 were the hardest hit, she said; Massachusetts Avenue NW had numerous trees lying across it at one point, and Canal Road remained closed until Monday morning. The District received some 1,300 tree-related service requests. The Transportation Department has been working with other agencies on the cleanup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, all hands are on deck,â&#x20AC;? Hernandez said. Bowser said the Transportation Department overall â&#x20AC;&#x153;has done fairly wellâ&#x20AC;? in dealing with the storm damage. But she noted that the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Peabody Street NE stayed blocked until Monday morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That has been a symbol of how bad the storm was and how long it took to get the resources deployed,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bowser said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also heard complaints from residents without power that they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen Pepco crews in the area. Pepco spokesperson Beal acknowledged that residents may have perceived a delay in response, but said that crews had to repair power lines serving large areas before they could do anything within neighborhoods. Beal also credited Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to trim trees and install stronger wires for preventing

outages in smaller storms. But he said little could have prevented the damage from Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm. Even some areas with underground utilities lost power. Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest street tree, at 35th and Prospect streets, damaged underground electrical equipment when it was uprooted during the storm, according to resident Betsy Emes. Power remained out there as of Monday night, she said, because crews had trouble accessing the underground wires. Additionally, some residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including those in a section of Chevy Chase and Tenleytown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reported retaining their electricity during the storm only to lose it the following day. Beal said that in some cases, Pepco crews had to shut off power to complete repairs; in other cases, trees and limbs weakened during the storm fell later. In addition to tree damage, road obstructions and power outages, the storm also left one man dead in Northwest, and other people injured. According to media reports, Mohammad Ghafoorian, 67, was fatally shocked by a live electric wire outside his home at Woodland Drive and 31st Street while trying to put out a fire the wire had started on his car. Additionally, according to DCist, in the Columbia Heights area a woman was paralyzed when a tree struck her motorcycle on 15th Street near Meridian Hill Park. Donations are being sought to cover Carolina Alcaldeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical expenses at tinyurl.com/alcalde-fundraiser.

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

July 4, 2012 ■ Page 11

After fighting murder rap, football star turns to law

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n James King’s first day of law school at the University of the District of Columbia, like many other students, he was nervous. “Petrified, actually,” King said, recalling his first semester in fall 2009. “I walked around campus with two books: one legal dictionary and one regular one. The biggest shock to overcome was the vocabulary of the students I was going to school with — nobody was using 5 cent words anymore.” But that wasn’t the only thing King was worried about. He also wondered how he would be perceived. As an undergraduate, King played Division I football for Central Michigan University. But on the cusp of what was expected to be a promising career in the NFL, he was accused of second-degree murder. He was not convicted, and he maintains his complete innocence, but he spent some time in jail on a lesser charge. Fueled by the tragic events that changed the course of his life, King’s passion for football gave way to a passion for justice — and he looked to the law, and UDC, for redemption. He graduated this spring, praised as one of the school’s standouts. King’s story begins outside of Detroit, where he grew up the second youngest of six children. His father died when he was 2, and his mother raised the family on her own. Football featured early in King’s life, as did hard work. When he was 14, King’s family couldn’t afford the cleats he needed to join

the high school team, so King asked his coach if he could earn the money by mowing the coach’s lawn. It was a win-win for everyone, and by the time King was a senior, he was being recruited by Division I teams from around the country. He opted to stay close to home, going to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant in 2000. King was a four-year starter, playing safety and linebacker. He broke school and NCAA records for blocked punts — and there was talk that he could make the NFL. King wasn’t just an athlete; he was active in campus issues, and started a student group called the Non-Violence Coalition, which urged the school’s administration to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After the students lobbied the school for a year and half, the administration finally agreed to honor the national holiday. “The summer before my senior year, I thought the sky was the limit,” King said. Then everything changed. Out one night in June 2004, celebrating a friend’s recent job acceptance — a friend King helped pull out of homelessness — the two were exiting a Mount Pleasant, Mich., bar when a fight suddenly broke out among dozens on the street. King said he tried to break it up, but one man was critically injured. Nearly three weeks later, that man died from his injuries. In the days following the fight, King called the victim’s family to see how he was doing, and went to police to offer information about what happened that night. As police launched their investi-

gation, King finished his senior year at Central Michigan and was signed by the Cleveland Browns. But before he could suit up for his first NFL game, King was blindsided: He, along with six others, was charged with second-degree murder in relation to the fight. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” said King. “I was so devastated I couldn’t speak.” The Cleveland Browns dropped him. King’s family scrambled to find a criminal attorney and come up with money for the retainer. They were also fighting to reduce the $1.25 million bail that was set. Community members rallied around King: Former coaches took out loans, and inner-city kids who King had mentored offered to put up their college tuition money for his bail. King’s first lawyer, a civil attorney, was able to get his bail reduced to $500,000. Once King was released, he worked tirelessly to find a criminal attorney. “It was humbling,” said King. “I went around begging lawyers to take my case, telling them, ‘Here are the facts, I’m innocent but I can’t afford to pay you.’ My mother would [tell] me, ‘Someone is going to bless us.’” King eventually found attorney Warren Harris, and the two worked closely together to build King’s defense. As the highly publicized trial got under way in 2006, some said the football players were going to get

Top right: Bill Petros/The Current; rest, courtesy of James King

University of the District of Columbia law school grad James King became interested in justice after his football career was derailed by a wrongful murder charge. After graduating this year, he scored a coveted position with the city’s public defender’s office. away with murder. One juror was dismissed for saying outside of court that King was going to get “25 years to life.” But when the prosecutors’ witnesses testified that King tried to break up the fight, the prosecutors offered King a plea deal. “I was worried about the jury and I didn’t know if I was getting a fair trial,” King said. “People always say there is no way they would go to jail for something they didn’t do, but then reality sinks in. I knew I was innocent, but I also knew I could go to jail for the rest of my life for something I didn’t do, so when we got the letters offering a plea deal, it was tempting.” A few days into the trial, prosecutors decided to reduce the seconddegree murder charge to misdemeanor attempted assault. After considering the offer, King would agree, as long as he could plead “no contest” rather than “guilty.” Prosecutors approved the deal, and agreed that King would not have to serve time in jail. But at the last minute, the judge rejected part of the plea deal and sentenced King to six months in jail.

One of the first people allowed to visit King was Kurt Fiegel, a parole officer assigned to write King’s pre-sentencing report. “He told me that he thought I got a bum rap, knowing all the facts of the case, and he apologized to me on behalf of the city,” said King. Then Fiegel did something unusual. He gave King an LSAT book and said, “I watched you during the whole trial and you looked like a lawyer up there. I see something special in you — don’t let this be your last stand.” A few months after King was released, he took a Greyhound bus from Detroit to Chicago to attend a law school forum. There, he met Dean Vivian Canty from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. “My feet were tired, I was sweating and my suit was wrinkled,” said King. “But we had a regular conversation, and when I met her again a year later, she remembered me. I thought, I’m going to apply to UDC and if the people there are anything like her, See Grad/Page 27


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30-year-old barge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now sitting half-grounded and rotting on the canal near 31st Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove to be disassembled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been submerged for a year, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it will float,â&#x20AC;? Noel said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not clear if the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team of mules, now stabled at Great Falls, could handle the job. Once the barge is disassembled, the contractor will see if any of the parts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cleats, for example, or benches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can be salvaged. Meanwhile, four 30-foot boats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less than half the length of the Georgetown and carrying only 12 passengers instead of the big boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 70 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are being built for various locations along the canal. Noel said the one that will be docked at the Georgetown Visitor Center is â&#x20AC;?very close to being finished.â&#x20AC;? Park officials are also trying to figure out how much another replica like the Georgetown would cost. It cost $554,000 in 2006 to build the Charles F. Mercer, a similarly sized vessel that carries passengers in the Great Falls section of the park. But the Mercer has a different design, Noel said. And the park must also factor in the cost of transporting and maintaining a new boat before making such a big expenditure.

The Georgetown was a popular attraction along the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short but busy stretch of canal. It could seat two classrooms of children, who were entertained by volunteers and rangers in period dress. The guides sang songs and told stories of canal life as mules plodded up and down the towpath and through one of the restored locks. But the wood and fiberglass boat, by most accounts, was poorly maintained, with repairs made only on an emergency basis. A 1996 fire â&#x20AC;&#x201D; culprits unknown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; did more damage, and the boat was taken out of service last summer after an inspection revealed â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant structural deficiencies.â&#x20AC;? The Georgetown was deemed unsafe, and full repair economically unfeasible. Last Wednesday a group of locals held a farewell wake of sorts for the boat along the towpath near Lock 4. Some bore signs saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mule Power, not Electric Power, on the Canal.â&#x20AC;? Arlette Cohen-Coppock, whose hair salon The Fourth Lock overlooks the canal and boat, tried lobbying the Park Service to save the Georgetown. Now, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping government funding, or a deeppocketed donor, will help build a new one. The Georgetown was â&#x20AC;&#x153;like an

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The National Park Service hopes to replace the deteriorating muledriven boat thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now half-grounded near 31st Street. impressionist paintingâ&#x20AC;? drifting by her salon window, Cohen-Coppock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The park is not interested in fixing it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to find a benefactor, so we are not only saying goodbye, but looking to the future.â&#x20AC;? Others at the canal-side party reminisced. Some spoke of â&#x20AC;&#x153;busloads of school kids,â&#x20AC;? or tourists and local families, who came for a ride. Bill Brown, who both volunteered on the Georgetown and worked as a seasonal park ranger, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d frequently pointed out the need for maintenance, with little response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find things askew. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d write memos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hauling, scraping, you have to have a plan,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they did only what was necessary, if there was a safety issue.â&#x20AC;?

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Carl Holden got married on the Georgetown in 2004, after a volunteer suggested the venue and he paid a small permit fee. There were 70 guests on the boat, and latecomers cheerfully followed the mules on the towpath, he said. But even then, the boat was not in great shape. Holden said he came down the week before his wedding to touch up paint and measure for benches and chairs. Several of the Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mourners noted the C&O Canal park has many pressing needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The longest and skinniest national park,â&#x20AC;? as one put it, also suffers periodic flooding that undoes repairs and infrastructure work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the wherewithal to do everything. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite blame them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benign neglect.â&#x20AC;?

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A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

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Reached by a spiral stair from the main living level below, the room that opens to the terrace is technically a study or den. But current owners have fashioned it into an entertaining hub that will have guests overstaying their welcome. A long, granite-topped wet bar includes a wine refrigerator and ample storage for glassware and more. A large, wall-mounted television conveys with the property, and built-in speakers broadcast the big game or music. Stone tiles in a charcoal gray line the floor, making party messes easy to clean. Downstairs, the kitchen provides another center for entertaining. Upgrades have left this space looking far more custom than a typical condo kitchen. Extra-thick black granite tops the island-cum-breakfast bar. The same granite lines kitchen counters and backsplash for a seamless look thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly welcome in an open-plan property. Warm wood cabinets provide loads of storage, and appliances carry names like Viking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a four-burner gas range â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and SubZero â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a refrigerator â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that cooks will welcome. The living room is open to the kitchen and faces a very large window overlooking the city. The mas-

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This two-bedroom condo in the West End is offered for $1,195,000. ter bedroom offers the same view. Two closets, one a walk-in, make storage simple in the master suite. As in the kitchen, upgrades have left the baths here looking bespoke. In the master, large marble tiles in a warm neutral line everything, including a walk-in shower, soaking tub and double vanity. In the second bath, the same marble outlines the room, which includes a walk-in shower and linen closet. The second bedroom gets two closets as well. Also like the master, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lined by wall-to-wall

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carpet, while the main living area has hardwood floors. A washer and dryer wait in a closet next to the second bedroom. The Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of amenities is long and includes a rooftop pool, a fitness center, security, a billiards room and a 24-hour desk. This property includes two garage parking spaces, though residents have plenty of reasons to avoid getting in a car. Nearby grocery stores include Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and

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Potomac/Camotop. Wonderful home on lovely cul de sac w/tennis court. 5 BRs, 4 BAs, impressive 2 story foyer. lge kit opening to screen porch. Walk out LL $1,690,000 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

Georgetown. Beautifully renovated Federal on charming one block street. Sun filled & enhanced w/renovated kitchen & baths. Great lower level,expansive deck & flagstone patio. Parking!  $1,312,000 Beverly Nadel    202-236-7313 Melissa Brown   202-469-2662

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. The meeting date was changed because of the Independence Day holiday. The commission will hold a forum on the proposed Adams Morgan church hotel at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the 3rd District Police Headquarters, 1624 V St. NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

â&#x2013;  SHERIDAN-KALORAMA

At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 18 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 2-0 to provide $450 grants to the following groups and programs: Views From Sheridan-Kalorama, a community newsletter; Friends of Mitchell Park; Restore Mass Ave; SheridanKalorama call boxes; Spanish Steps; Language ETC; the SheridanKalorama Historical Association; and the Textile Museum. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. John McDonald reported that crime is down in Sheridan-Kalorama. He said residents can address questions and concerns to him at johnc. mcdonald@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  Sarina Loy of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office reported that the staff continues to work on various local concerns, including temporary buildings on the site of the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue. â&#x2013;  Pierre Wagner of Friends of Mitchell Park reported that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films in the Fieldâ&#x20AC;? will be held July 19 and Aug. 16 in the park, and commissioners voted to support permits for the events. Wagner also reported that the group will hold a fundraising gala on Oct. 4 at the Portuguese Embassy, and its annual Mitchell Park Fall Fun Day on Oct. 28. Volunteers are needed; contact friendsofmitchellpark@ gmail.com. â&#x2013;  Phil Baker reported that Language ETC, a community-based language and literacy program, has more than 700 students enrolled this year. â&#x2013;  Deborah Shapley announced that Restore Mass Ave is looking for volunteers. Those interested can email restoremassave@yahoo.com. â&#x2013;  Jackie Stanley of the D.C. Department of General Services announced that the city has awarded a contract for restoration of the Spanish Steps to Kadcon Construction. Work will begin on July 7 and last 10 to 12 weeks, and access to the steps will be limited during that period. The work will include refreshing the area, upgrading the drainage system, planting new landscaping and ensuring the working condition of the fountain. â&#x2013;  commissioners announced that

remediation of one of the Chinese Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buildings has been completed and work on another is about a third done. Completion is expected in early July. â&#x2013;  residents expressed concerns about a request for variance relief at 2130 Bancroft Place. The commission did not take any action. â&#x2013;  commissioners passed a motion supporting installation of a threesided parapet around the rooftop air-conditioning condenser units at 1901 24th St. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

â&#x2013;  GLOVER PARK / CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  CLEVELAND PARK / WOODLEY PARK Woodley Park MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE HEIGHTS Massachusetts Avenue Heights CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant proposal from the Cleveland Park Village. â&#x2013;  consideration of a State Health Planning and Development Agency application for a certificate of need at the DC Immediate and Primary Care Clinic, 2902 Porter St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding modernization of city agenciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; procedures for notification to advisory neighborhood commissions. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  SPRING VALLEY / WESLEY HEIGHTS Wesley Heights PALISADES / KENT / FOXHALL

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. The meeting date was changed because of the Independence Day holiday. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on its proposed market/deli use at 3201 New Mexico Ave. â&#x2013;  presentation by Jerry Price and Greg Sibley of Sibley Memorial Hospital regarding proton therapy. â&#x2013;  presentation by George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus director of planning

Susi Cora on proposed enhancements to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whitehaven Parkway entrance. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s update of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations. â&#x2013;  discussion of Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed changes to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alcoholic Beverage Control laws. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK American University Park FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS / TENLEYTOWN The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by architects of plans for modernization of Reno School and its connection to Deal Middle School. â&#x2013;  presentation of plans for expansion of the National Presbyterian School. â&#x2013;  presentation by city officials regarding deployment of traffic enforcement cameras and solicitation of suggestions for sites within the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution responding to a D.C. Department of Transportation Notice of Intent to make 44th and Davenport streets a four-way stop. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution calling for an effort to increase the undergrounding of utility wires. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to encourage increased reliance on solar energy. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Tanad Thai for a restaurant-class liquor license. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest â&#x2013;  FOREST HILLS / NORTH CLEVELAND PARK The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  discussion and vote regarding a grant application by Alex Edelmann/ Potomac Appalachian Trail Club to repair the Melvin Hazen Trail. â&#x2013;  update regarding Hearst Elementary School improvements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution asking the D.C. Department of Transportation to designate existing alleys to the east and west of Connecticut Avenue (between Tilden and Davenport streets) as bike paths. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to support requiring Pepco to bury power lines underground. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit anc3f.us.


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Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will present an Independence Day recital featuring organists Scott Dettra and Jeremy Filsell, the Washington Symphonic Brass and Michael Barone. 11 a.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salsa Fourth of Julyâ&#x20AC;? holiday celebration. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Citizens Association of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concerts in the Parks series will feature the urban bluegrass band By & By, preceded by a Fourth of July parade. 4:30 p.m. Rose Park, 26th and P streets NW. 202-337-7313. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 5 p.m. Free. Jefferson Memorial, Ohio and East Basin drives SW. 202-4332525. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Blues and special guest Ben Vereen will perform patriotic songs. 6 p.m. Free. Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. nps.gov/foju. â&#x2013;  The Kearsney College Choir from South Africa will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact will perform. 6 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  Singers Phillip Phillips, Matthew Broderick, Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Josh Turner, Kool & The Kang, Kelli Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara and Russell Watzon will join the National Symphony Orchestra for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Capitol Fourth 2012.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202-467-4600. Festival â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 46th

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Events Entertainment annual Folklife Festival will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campus and Community: Public and Land-Grant Universities and the USDA at 150,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia Riverâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 14th streets. 202-6331000. The festival will continue Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present the 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Independence Day,â&#x20AC;? starring Will Smith and Bill Pullman. A neighborhood block party with a moon bounce, an inflatable slide, face painting, a DJ and food will precede the screening. 6 p.m.; film starts at dusk. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. nomasummerscreen.com. Parades â&#x2013;  The 46th annual Palisades Citizens Association Fourth of July parade will include neighborhood children on decorated bicycles, the Washington Scottish Bagpipe Band, Bolivian Soul, the Georgetown-Palisades Lions Club, the Masons, the D.C. Different Drummers marching band, D.C. Fire Department Engine Co. 29, United Horsemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, clowns, vintage cars and city officials. A free picnic will take place after the parade. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard NW and proceed along MacArthur to the Palisades Recreation Center at Sherier and Dana places NW, the site of the picnic. 202-3637441. â&#x2013;  The 2012 National Independence Day Parade will feature marching bands, floats, balloons and military units. 11:45 a.m. Free. Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets NW. july4thparade.com. Special events â&#x2013;  An Independence Day program at the National Archives will feature a dramat-

Michael Jackson.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776.

ic reading of the Declaration of Independence; a presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard; a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps, U.S. 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard; and remarks by David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States. 10 a.m. Free. National Archives Building, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-357-5000. A family program, featuring activities such as historical games, will follow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the San Francisco Giants. 11:05 a.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, July 5

Thursday july 5

Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Thursdays @ First Churchâ&#x20AC;? will feature cellist Marion Baker and pianist Gary Fitzgerald. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. firstuccdc.org. â&#x2013;  The 13-piece band La Sardina de NaiguatĂĄ will perform its take on traditional Venezuelan parranda music in a concert celebrating the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Phillip Martin Project will perform as part of the Jazz on Jackson Place series. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Troll Tax, Big Mouth and Atoms Apart. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Kay Winters will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Tickets required. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss

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Wednesday, july 4 â&#x2013;  Concert: The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Brian Franke. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tigerlilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchidsâ&#x20AC;? by Ruth Rendell. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay 101â&#x20AC;? film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop the Music.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Layla Yiourgouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Sky.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Native Theater series will feature JudyLee Olivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Te Ata,â&#x20AC;? about the Chickasaw storyteller and actress Mary Thompson â&#x20AC;&#x153;Te Ataâ&#x20AC;? Fisher. 7:30 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game Show Maniaâ&#x20AC;? trivia contest. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  In honor of British artist Antony Gormleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a celebration of all things English with music, classic British comedy, fashion and gallery talks. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. Friday, July 6

Friday july 6

Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Afro Bop Alliance performing Afro-Cuban jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Violinist Barbara Helfgott and pianist Michael Kahr will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Mozart to

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Four young leaders from Israel and Palestine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; participants in the New Story Leadership for the Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington, D.C., fellowship program this summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories Changing the Future for the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. saisnsl@gmail.com. â&#x2013;  Allison Leotta will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discretion.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landmarks in 21st-Century American Architectureâ&#x20AC;? will feature films about an important American art historian, the design and construction of an art museum in Denver, â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? residential housing in Pennsylvania, an 82-story apartment tower in Chicago, and the history of the New York City apartment house. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kung Fu Fridaysâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enter the Dragon,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 36th Chamber of the Shaolin,â&#x20AC;? at 9:30 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host a showing of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 11 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. islamicartbroadcast.eventbrite.com. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performance â&#x2013;  The University of Hawaiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuahine Troupe will perform traditional Hawaiian music and dance as part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  Arts in Foggy Bottom will present a twilight tour of its exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sculpting Outside the Lines,â&#x20AC;? led by curator Laura Roulet. 8 p.m. Free. New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW. foggybottomassociation.com. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the San Antonio Silverstars. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Colorado Rockies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Tour â&#x2013;  A lunchtime tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. See Events/Page 17


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Saturday july 7

Children’s programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will present “Quest: Road Signs,” featuring a mix of story theater, mime, poetry and songs performed in American Sign Language. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ Children will hear a story about iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. ■ “Arts for Families: Create a Japanese Painting” will allow participants create their own nature-inspired ink paintings with sumi ink and bamboo brushes on Japanese rice paper. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. Class ■ Christine Saladino of Tranquil Space will lead “Namaste at the Corcoran,” followed by healthy breakfast treats prepared by Todd Muse at the Corcoran. 9 a.m. $25; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. corcoran.org. Concerts ■ The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District’s summer concert series will feature singer-songwriter DaWena. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW.

202-997-0783. ■ The New York-based group Bari Koral Family Rock Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Hop Theater Festival, the group Words, Beat and Life will present “Remixing the Art of Social Change.” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15. Blackburn Center, Howard University, 2400 6th St. NW. wblinc.org/teachin. The festival will continue through July 14 with events at various venues. ■ The National Zoo’s Antelope/Gazelle Day will feature family-friendly activities. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Cheetah Conservation Station, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu.

Discussion ■ Members of the Union of Concerned Scientists will discuss their book “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■ The Roald Dahl Family Series will feature “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder. 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free; tickets required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The National Gallery of Art’s film program for children and teens will feature selections from Walt Disney’s animated short film series “The Silly Symphonies” (for children ages 4 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ■ “Landmarks in 21st-Century American Architecture” will feature films about the reimagining of Lincoln Center, a football stadium in Phoenix, a museum in Kansas City, Mo., a U.S. federal office building in San Francisco and rammedearth residential construction in Tucson, Ariz. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ “A Musical Summer at TenleyFriendship” will feature “Gypsy.” 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.

Sunday, july 8 ■ Concert: Pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform works by Granados, Manuel de Falla and other composers. 2 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. info@theunitedchurch.com. ■ “Peter Greenaway on Painting” will feature the Welsh director’s 2008 film “Rembrandt’s ‘J’Accuse.’” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance ■ Dance Place will host its annual “New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase,” featuring work by established and emerging artists. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $10 for college students; and $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special events ■ As part of the 11th annual DC Hip-

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■ The Songwriters’ Association of Washington will present its monthly “Singer+Songwriter Open Mic.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Discussion ■ Florence Williams will discuss her book “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Walks and tours ■ Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208.

Film ■ “Peter Greenaway on Painting” will feature the Welsh director’s 2007 film “Nightwatching.’” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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Concerts ■ “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” will present singer-songwriter Precious Joubert. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-3121300. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Mobius Strip, Hey Arbore and East Paw. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Commodores will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. See Events/Page 18

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Concerts ■ The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Anthony Green will perform a blend of emo, progressive and experimental rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522.

Reading ■ The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Donna Lewis Cowan and Brad Richard. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. Monday, July 9

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Continued From Page 17 Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert W. Merry will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Ralph Alan Cohen, co-founder of the American Shakespeare Center, will discuss Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Blackfriars Playhouse. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu/lectures. Films â&#x2013;  A foreign film series will feature Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moliere.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pina and Beyond: Contemporary Dance in Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Pina Bauschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Complaint of an Empress.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Looking at You, Bogartâ&#x20AC;? will feature Howard Hawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Sleep.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;French Women in the Artsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Martin Provostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;SĂŠraphine,â&#x20AC;? about a simple and devout housekeeper who at the age of 41 began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. 7 p.m. $8; $5 for students. Reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. cinematheque9july2012.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Richard E. Cunhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  The 11th annual D.C. Hip-Hop

Events Entertainment Theater Festival will present a Millennium Stage performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Tuesday, July 10

Tuesday july 10

Classes â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Mr. Don. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature guitar duo Mia Pomerantz and Jorge Amaral. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Schumann and Beethoven. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Band Singing Sergeants will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Holistic health counselor, chef and instructor Tania Mercer will present a cooking demonstration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fresh Foods From the Farmers Market.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Derring-do & Nancy Drew Us Inâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ann Hudak, curator of the University of Maryland at College Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nancy Drew and Friends: Girls Series Books Rediscoveredâ&#x20AC;?; Leona

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Tuesday, july 10 â&#x2013;  Concert: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will present the Shane Gamble Band performing modern rock. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Fisher, associate professor emeritus at Georgetown University; and Kathy Harig, an ardent Nancy Drew fan and owner of Mystery Loves Company bookstore in Oxford, Md. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. American Women Writers National Museum, Suite 102, 1275 K St. NW. awwnm1@gmail.com. â&#x2013;  Journalists Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Wars.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Adam Gallagher, a doctoral candidate in political science at George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Grievance to Action: Mapping Grassroots Movements in Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  Iona Senior Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aging in Community Advocacyâ&#x20AC;? workshop series will feature senior advocate Judy Levy and other speakers discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communitybased Long-term Health Care.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-895-9425. â&#x2013;  Gilda Moss Haber will discuss her

book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cockney Girl.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Scientist Daniel Thomas will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illuminating Fossils.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Alan Cheuse will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Scholar J.L. Bell will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artillery: Re-engineering the Regiment Between Bunker Hill and Dorchester Heights.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Dan Raviv will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Wars,â&#x20AC;? which he co-wrote with Yossi Melman. 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;America Works: The Past, Present, and Future of Job Creation and Employment in America.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Performances â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Band Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stories about music, concerts and rock & roll.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. speakeasydc.com. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  The National Park Service and the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will commemorate the 137th anniversary of the birth of Mary McLeod Bethune with a musical tribute and a keynote address by John H. Bracey, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Lincoln Park, 13th and East Capitol streets NE. 202673-2402. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun. 11:30 a.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  Richard Pritchard, gardener supervisor at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a tour while pointing out his favorite plants and discussing this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for the

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Classes â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services will host a workshop on the rights of tenants living in a foreclosed property. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-6677712. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Algerian-Ecuadorian band Sarazino will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature William Dicke. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Musicians Natalie Spehar, Nikola Ragus, Amelie Brodeur and Mila Naumova Roushakes will perform works by Handel, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Piazolla, Mellits and others. 7:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Sousa, Gershwin and Bernstein. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Stanley Weintraub will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Final Victory: FDRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Remarkable World War II Presidential Campaign.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  A staff member will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamacita Linda: Letters Between Frida Kahlo and Her Mother,â&#x20AC;? about the heartfelt correspondence in the years just before the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-7835000. â&#x2013;  Stanley Weintraub will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Final Victory: FDRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Remarkable World War II Presidential Campaign.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th See Events/Page 20           

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all & Response,â&#x20AC;? a group show of abstract paintings that mimic the energy of improvised jazz riffs, will open today at the Foundry Gallery and continue through July 29. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery

On ExhibiT is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery will open two shows today and continue them through July 29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 3D Collage: The Adventureâ&#x20AC;? presents works by David Alfuth intended to challenge the viewer with the use of positive and negative space and changing heights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Affectedâ&#x20AC;? includes images of faces by Charles St. Charles portrayed as though the people are reacting to each other. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Third

Thursdayâ&#x20AC;? reception will be held July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Directions: Antonio Rovaldi,â&#x20AC;? a roomsized video installation by Italian artist Rovaldi that explores how distance is portrayed in art, will open Friday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and continue through November. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Conner Contemporary Art will open Academy 2012, its annual invitational survey of work by area fine arts students, Saturday with an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 18. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Life: Amelia Earhart,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the pioneering aviatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and career with a special focus on her commitment to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

rights and women in aviation, opened last week at the National Portrait Gallery, where it will continue through May 27. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books That Shaped Americaâ&#x20AC;? opened last week at the Library of Congress, featuring a number of rare editions. It is on view in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building through Sept. 29. Located at 10 1st St. SE, the Jefferson Building is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-707-8000. â&#x2013;  Washington Studio School will close two exhibits Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Linesâ&#x20AC;? features Allan Gersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photographic depictions of the rhythms and variations in line quality found in our visual world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Linesâ&#x20AC;? presents landscape drawings by Juliet Arnaudo. Located at 2129 S St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-234-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bandits in the Ruins,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Irish artist Sean Lynch that meditate on near-

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Continued From Page 18 and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ George Wallace will discuss his book “Firing Point.” 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Historian Barry Strauss will discuss “What Makes a Leader? Listening to Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Caesar.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Chris Sparks, organizer of Team CulDe-Sac, discuss the book “The Mighty Alice: A Cul de Sac Collection.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The “KidSpy Spies on Screen” series will feature the 2006 film “Stormbreaker,” starring Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor and Mickey Rourke. 2 to 4 p.m. $7. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ The Voices of Palestine 2012 Film Series will feature Nana Dankwa’s 2011 film “Hip Hop Is Bigger Than the Occupation.” A post-screening panel discussion will feature some of the artists and activists in the film. 6:30 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets

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present a dance party with the National Hand Dance Association. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.

Children’s programs ■ Blue Sky Puppets will present “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.” 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Griot and master storyteller Baba-C will bring to life the oral histories and traditions of West African cultures (for children ages 9 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Blue Sky Puppets will present “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.” 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

Meeting ■ The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. ltagmiles@aol.com.

Class ■ The Sri Chinmoy Centre of Washington, DC, will present a three-week “Learn to Meditate” program. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-452-5954. The class will continue July 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

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works by Sousa, Gershwin and Bernstein. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ Mark Kennedy Shriver, senior vice president of U.S. Programs to Save the Children, will discuss his book “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father.” Program at noon; lunch at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Lee Talbot, curator of Eastern Hemisphere collections at the Textile Museum, will discuss “The Tawaraya Thursday, july 12 Workshop of Kyoto, Japan.” 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, ■ lecture: Author Jeff Shaara will 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. discuss his historical novel “A Blaze ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Duncan of Glory,” about the Battle of Shiloh. Phillips’s Evolving Collection.” 6 and 7 p.m. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Bill Goldston will discuss his collaboration with Jasper Johns and provide an insider’s look at Johns’ work with fine art present “Blues for Whop: A Celebration of publisher Universal Limited Art Editions, where Goldston has been director since Whop Frazier.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International 1982. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. 202-312-1300. ■ U.S. Naval Academy historian Robert ■ The Brazilian group Quarteto Olinda Love will discuss “Pearl Harbor: Bold will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stroke or Senseless Strategy?” After the Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will fea- presentation, Al Gaspar and Mika Holliday ture performances by Nunchucks, RCRDS Lentz will introduce their Pearl Harbor war gaming miniature battlefield to illustrate and Satori Trova. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno what happened that December morning. Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley fortreno.com. ■ The U.S. Army Band’s “Sunsets With Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202a Soundtrack” series will feature an alumni 633-3030. ■ Karen Thompson Walker will discuss concert. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. her novel “The Age of Miracles.” 7 p.m. Capitol. 703-696-3399. The concert will Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform ■ Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black will discuss their book “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org.

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a few charred external walls enclosed the wreckage, and even those were not entirely stable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The potential for it to collapse is greater now,â&#x20AC;? said a firefighter at the scene. Also on the street were a crew shutting off gas and water mains to the house and a restoration company preparing to help neighbors whose houses might have been damaged by the incident. Statter911.com reported that the 7,000-square-foot house was sold for $4 million in March 2011, but it was not immediately clear who the owners are or whether the house was occupied. In city tax records, the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner is listed as Ivel Real Estate Inc. The fire came on the heels of a dispute between the city and the Firefighters Association the prior Saturday, in which the union complained that overtime spending limits had led to certain fire companies being out of service at times. The department contended that the prob-

lems were due to vacation times. Smith said the problem was â&#x20AC;&#x153;fortunatelyâ&#x20AC;? not an issue for Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire, and that the union is working with the fire department to resolve the disagreements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If [the fire] was Saturday, though, it would have had an impact,â&#x20AC;? he added. The blaze was also just a few blocks from the site of a 2009 fire that destroyed the home of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a former D.C. Board of Education president who subsequently sued the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. Firefighters were unable to stop that fire for some time because they could not access sufficient water on Chain Bridge Road. A judge recently dismissed the water authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for summary judgment in the case. Smith said he had not heard of any similar concerns in Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incident. In the wake of the 2009 fire, the fire department changed its rules to send a special water supply engine to any Upper Northwest fires.

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I’m proud to say we have a 97 percent staff retention rate,” Sloan said. “I worked hard to create an atmosphere where the board of trustees, the management and the staff could work together in harmony for the benefit of the hospital and the community.” Roy agrees that Sibley has a firstrate staff, though she added, “You don’t get that without having an excellent leader.” Sloan is known for his hands-on approach to the job and for pitching in wherever there’s a need. In an interview, Roy reminisced about Sloan helping the maintenance staff shovel sidewalks during snowstorms. And when he saw a patient who might need something like a fresh bedpan, Sloan would step in and take care of it. On July 5, a new chapter will begin in Sloan’s life — but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. He’ll maintain his connection to Sibley as a senior adviser to the Johns Hopkins Health System. He serves on the boards of several organizations, and he’s writing a book on Sibley’s history. The retiring president’s legacy will be remembered through the Robert L. Sloan Leadership Award, given annually by the D.C. Hospital Association to an individual demonstrating the same leadership qualities as Sloan. Sloan, who has lived in the Spring Valley neighborhood for the past 15 years, plans to spend more time with his wife of 40 years, Janet Ruth Kwong, their three grown children, and their six (about to be seven) grandchildren. “I’m proudest of my wife and family,” said Sloan. “They are the most important.”

support. With time, owners became more willing to participate. “It got easier and easier the more restaurants we brought on,” Kalin said. Since then, Color My World has collected more than 50,000 crayons and funneled about 25,000 to schools in D.C. and eight states — and Kalin is looking to expand that. But the program goes beyond providing crayons. When the organization’s 18 team members — each of whom has gotten at least one restaurant to sign up — drop off donations at schools, they also spend time with the students, working on coloring books created by Color My World and teaching students about recycling. “The goal is to talk about sustainability and the impact that they can have. Often people think it’s too early to teach those lessons” to elementary school students, but the kids have Kalin responded well, Kalin said. One principal told him that recycling has become a major topic of conversation at school since the Color My World visit. For Kalin, the results have far outstripped his initial doubts about the idea. At first, he said, he worried it was silly or too small. “Initially I thought crayons are dumb, they’re not going to do anything. ... I was kind of hesitant at how simple the idea was, but simple isn’t always bad,” he said. Now, Color My World is “providing leadership opportunities for youth to get involved in their community and give back,” he said. Kalin said he first learned about the Huggable Heroes program from Talia Leman, a 2007 winner whom he saw speak at a TEDx conference in Washington. When he decided to apply to the Build-a-Bear Workshop’s program, Kalin had to submit a detailed written application about Color My World’s goals, inspiration and economic plans, along with a video. As part of the award, he will travel to a Build-a-Bear Workshop factory in Missouri this summer and meet the other winners. The corporate recognition from the Build-aBear Workshop will be important in enhancing Color My World’s formal recognition, he added. Kalin cited the Field School as an important contributor to his perspective, as well as LearnServe International, a nonprofit that provided seed funding and training on becoming a youth leader. Next year, Kalin will take time off with the national gap-year program Thinking Beyond Borders, traveling to six countries. As for Color My World, he said he envisions an expansion to the point that restaurants might eventually donate crayons directly to schools, to shelters or back to Crayola. “It’s just a matter of time, hopefully,” he said.


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I’m going to go there.” King was accepted to several law schools, and in the fall of 2009, he started his first year in D.C. And King said the people there were just as welcoming as Canty. Back on that first day, when he was still carrying around two dictionaries, one faculty member approached King and asked if he had purchased his civil procedures textbook. King hadn’t yet — he said his jaw nearly hit the ground when he saw the $200 price tag — so the professor gave him his copy. Another professor, Judge William Pryor, who teaches criminal law, reassured King about his decision to study law. “Initially I had fears about how I would perform in law school, if people would judge me because of my past, if I would have to fight stereotypes,” King said. “Judge Pryor told me as long as I work hard and do the right things, this would work out for me, so that’s the attitude I took.” Three years later, King emerged as one of the law school’s most talented students. He was an associate editor on the law review, president of the student bar association, and served as a teacher’s assistant and tutor to fellow law students. In his clinical work, a required part of the curriculum, King worked with immigrants and traveled to Mississippi to work with survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. He was also part of the school’s

2011 mock trial team, which placed third in a regional competition and ninth in the nation. “James has incredible raw, natural talent as a trial lawyer,” said professor Andrew Ferguson, who teaches advanced criminal law classes and helps advise the mock trial team. “He has charisma, confidence and intelligence. Watching James perform his opening and closing arguments, I thought he could step into a courtroom right now and be successful — yet he’s so humble about it and he realizes he’s still learning.” Last summer, King won a prestigious internship at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, considered one of the best public defender’s offices in the country, where he worked alongside law students from schools such as Harvard, Georgetown and Stanford. “It was very powerful for me to be able to do what I always wanted to do — to help people with legal problems who can’t afford an attorney,” said King. “The things that have happened to me help me relate to my clients. I can imagine if I was placed in their situation — what if I didn’t have a mom or siblings who were as supportive as they were, who knows where I would be.” At the public defender’s office, he was given a particularly challenging client that even staff attorneys had trouble handling. “Nobody could understand him because he spoke with prison jargon, so his lawyers kept telling him not to speak,” said King. “But I knew what he was saying, and at the end of the day, he just wanted to be treated as a

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Before he was accused of second-degree murder, recent UDC law grad James King was a football star at Central Michigan University. human being. In court, I stepped aside and let him say his piece — he just wanted to be heard; everybody deserves that.” At the end of King’s internship, he beat out 89 fellow law students, most from tier-one schools, to get the one job offer the office extended. “James reaches out into the hearts of those around them and he takes them where they need to go to make sure justice happens,” said Dean Shelley Broderick. “I say this because I’ve never received a call from PDS — the best in the nation and one of the most competitive places to get a job — to tell me how spectacular one of my students is, and they said that about James.” King received numerous awards and competitive scholarships throughout his time in law school, and was asked to speak at the graduation ceremony this spring. His speech focused on the strength of the student body. “A lot of people come to UDC

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She also intends to offer several types of services she has in her larger stores, like tool rental, paint matching, and key and glass cutting. “Neighborhood groups in Woodley Park have been telling us for years that they wanted a hardware store,” said Schaefer. “I didn’t think an 8,000-square-foot store would be smart for this area, but I think the express store could work really well here.” Schaefer said if the store doesn’t have a particular product in stock in the morning, it’s likely she can track it down at one of her other shops and have it in Woodley Park by the time the customer returns in the evening. Two of her four other stores in the District are less than two miles from the Woodley Park location. She hopes the store’s location, less than a block from the Woodley Park Metro station, will be convenient for customers. The hardware store owner credits the growth of her business during the economic recession, in the shadow of big-box stores, to “filling a need” in the communities she serves. “People who live in cities want to be able to walk to stores to get what they need,” said Schaefer. “They want convenience, friendly service and a good selection.” A shopper in Schaefer’s Mount Vernon Triangle store who identified himself as a “regular customer” said he comes to the store because it’s convenient to his office, and added, “I’d rather give my business to a smaller entity than a larger, big-box chain.” “Plus, the customer service is superior in this

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store,” he said. It turns out larger big-box stores might not carry a significantly higher number of products. A Home Depot spokesperson said the company’s average store carries about 40,000 different products, though customers can special order products from among 250,000 items. Ace’s special order catalogue lists more than 65,000 items, according to its website. Schaefer said what many people might not know is that Ace Hardware, founded in 1924, is a cooperative. That means independent shop owners combine their buying power with other owners to purchase goods together. Still, individual retailers have the authority to decide which products to carry — there’s no mandate from headquarters. “A store could be as fun or as utilitarian as an owner might want,” said Schaefer. While Schaefer said she likes to vary her product lines with the “different flavors of the seasons,” she always makes sure to stock one of the

most frequently requested items: blender gaskets. As a national organization, Ace also provides training and support to owners and their staff to help a store become and stay successful. The Ace ownership model appears to be working in the District. Anne Stom opened a store in Petworth this past February. Her location at 1240 Upshur St., near Georgia Avenue, is “exceeding expectations,” Stom said. She said it has been humbling to see that almost every day, people of all ages, from those who just moved into the neighborhood to longtime residents, tell her or her staff that they’re grateful the hardware store is there. Stom’s staff members give informal lessons on everything from plumbing to electrical work, a bike repair group meets at the store weekly, and she soon plans to offer “Tool Time With Annie” classes to the community. Both Ace owners made a point to hire locally, and both have hired staff from the nonprofit Jubilee Jobs, where Schaefer is a member of the corporate advisory board. At the Woodley Park location, Schaefer hopes to hire 14 new staff members, depending on the store’s sales. Schaefer and her husband, Marc Friedman, opened their first Ace Hardware store in 2003 in Logan Circle, and now they have stores in Glover Park, Tenleytown and Mount Vernon Triangle. In Maryland, they have two stores in Baltimore — soon to be three — and one in Takoma Park. The couple plans to open the Woodley Park store in the coming months. Schaefer said more stores could be on the horizon, adding, “Ten would be a nice round number.”


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