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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #90 on: March 22, 2011, 10:35:30 AM »
Meanwhile, in Bethesda...


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For 90 minutes, authorities say, Brittany Norwood sat in her victim’s parked car, concocting a plan to cover up the horrendous crime scene she had just created in the yoga apparel store where they worked.

Her colleague, Jayna Murray, lay dead, bludgeoned and stabbed inside Bethesda’s Lululemon Athletica shop, prosecutors said. Something was tied around Murray’s neck. There was blood everywhere.

The plan that Norwood formed — as detailed in court Monday by Montgomery County’s top prosecutor — involved planted evidence, phony injuries and a pathological series of hundreds of fabrications.

“Her cunning and her ability to lie is almost unparalleled,” John McCarthy told District Court Judge Gary Everngam, saying that Norwood, 28, should be held without bail until she is tried.

McCarthy said the attack in the store occurred after closing March 11, shortly after Murray reported to a manager that she had discovered stolen store merchandise inside Norwood’s bag. Norwood bludgeoned Murray for as long as 20 minutes and struck so many blows in the same places on her body that it was difficult to determine the exact number of wounds, the prosecutor said.

“The nature of this crime is shocking in terms of the level of violence,” McCarthy told the judge. “The majority of the blows were directed at [Murray’s] head. Her skull was crushed during the attack.”

Everngam agreed to hold Norwood without bond. No trial date had been set.

Making her first court appearance, Norwood was shown through a video feed from the jail. She said her name and answered yes when Everngam asked whether she had read the charges against her. For 15 minutes, she stood expressionless, her arms folded across a stand positioned in front of her.

A review of public records available online in Norwood’s previous places of residence on Monday turned up no criminal past. McCarthy said he was unaware of one. Friends of the suspect said that descriptions of such a violent attack stunned them.

But law enforcement officials said they had heard from past acquaintances of Norwood’s who said she had a reputation as a thief. Two friends from Stony Brook University, where Norwood studied sociology and played soccer, said the same thing in interviews.

“She was my best friend in college. We had a falling-out because the girl was like a klepto,” said Leanna Yust, a former soccer teammate of Norwood’s.

Yust said that Norwood stole money and a designer shirt from her.

Both classmates said Norwood also could be fun to hang out with. “She could be so sweet, so funny. Amazing soccer player,” Yust said.

Norwood attended the university’s College of Arts and Science from 2000 to 2004 but did not receive a degree, a school spokeswoman said.

She previously worked at the Willard InterContinental Hotel and a Lululemon Athletica store in the District, said sources with knowledge of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Norwood had recently transferred to the Bethesda Lululemon store, the sources said.

On March 11, Murray checked Norwood’s bag and found merchandise that appeared to have been stolen from the store, authorities said.

Murray and Norwood left the store at 9:45 p.m., police said. About six minutes later, Murray called a manager and told her about the bag check, McCarthy said in court. A short time later, Norwood called Murray, said she had left her wallet in the store and that she needed Murray to let her back in.

The women reentered the store at 10:05 p.m. At 10:30 p.m., employees at the adjacent Apple store heard two women yelling at each other, authorities said. It was unclear what Norwood is alleged to have used to attack Murray, but police have said that Norwood stabbed and beat her co-worker. Some of Murray’s wounds went from one side of her neck to the other, McCarthy said. Her spinal cord was severed.

Norwood left the store to move Murray’s car, which might have been parked illegally because Murray thought the return trip to the store would be brief.

Norwood drove the car three blocks to a lot adjacent to a farmers market. There, she was “sitting in the car for an hour and a half trying to decide what to do,” McCarthy said.

Norwood’s conclusion: Walk back to Lululemon to create the illusion that two masked men had entered the store and attacked the women, authorities said.

According to authorities, Norwood cut a hole in Murray’s pants to make it look like the woman had been sexually assaulted. She created shoe prints by donning men’s shoes from inside the store — size 14 — and walking through the blood, police said. She inflicted injuries on herself, grabbed zip ties from the store and bound her feet and hands, using her teeth to tighten the ties, McCarthy said.

The next morning, when police came to the store, Norwood was there — tied up and in a bathroom — and proceeded to tell her tale.

McCarthy said that Murray’s and Norwood’s blood were found inside Murray’s car.

Norwood was represented during the bond hearing by Alan Drew, a lawyer from the county public defender’s office. He declined to comment after the hearing.

Some of Norwood’s relatives went to Montgomery police headquarters Friday when authorities said that the woman’s story had fallen apart. Detectives let at least one of the family members talk to the suspect alone.

McCarthy said Norwood was asked why she fought with Murray.

“I don’t know,” Norwood said.


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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #91 on: March 22, 2011, 11:28:26 AM »
Yes! This is great news:

http://dcmetrocentric.com/2011/03/22/brookland-development-delays/

The ongoing gentrification, tall-empty-building freakout has been consuming the whole Red Line corridor from Union Station to Silver Spring. Brookland was next to fall, but the neighborhood has rallied...

Col. Brooks' Tavern is an awesome bar. It's one of those weird fusion bars -- ancient neighborhood hangout combined with frat shithead hangout from CUA combined with low-level political potentates hiding out from the hustle and bustle. Depending on the hour or the day you never know what you'll get.  A surly waitress and lonely tables, a bustle of insanity and fistfights, or old timers quietly watching the day go by.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #92 on: March 22, 2011, 12:21:27 PM »
We should make a Col. Brooks visit sometime. I haven't been there in years.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #93 on: March 22, 2011, 12:28:27 PM »
We need to do a Red Line thing!

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« Reply #94 on: March 25, 2011, 11:19:33 AM »
File under gentrification:

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Word out of the U.S. Census Bureau today was that "metropolitan areas"—read, cities and their suburbs—are growing much faster than rural America. Which puts D.C. right in line with one national trend. But the nation's white population barely grew—which makes the District an outlier.

Census officials say 83.7 of the population now lives in metropolitan areas, and that more than 90 percent of the national population growth between the 2000 Census and last year's occurred in cities and their surrounding suburbs. Also growing rapidly: Counties on the fringe of metropolitan areas (like Loudon County or Prince William County here, for instance).

The District's population, counted at 601,723, grew for the first time since 1950, reflecting the surge in metropolitan areas. But here in D.C., that change mostly manifested itself as a flood of white people.

D.C.'s non-Hispanic white population grew by 31.6 percent, while the non-Hispanic African American population dropped 11.5 percent. The city is now 34.8 percent non-Hispanic white and 50 percent non-Hispanic African American; 10 years ago, D.C. was 27.8 percent non-Hispanic white and 59.4 percent non-Hispanic black. The population of those of Hispanic or Latino origin increased by 21.8 percent; the District is now 9.1 percent Hispanic or Latino, up from 7.9 percent in 2000. (The city's relatively small Asian population also grew, up 38.4 percent to make up 3.5 percent of the population.) Because the Census counts Hispanic as an ethnicity, not a race, those figures sound a little clunky.

That's a shocking change in a city that once inspired Parliament to name an album (and song) Chocolate City. Anecdotally, evidence of the whitening of the District has been around for years; it's become a barely veiled topic in the city's politics, and the new data isn't likely to damp discussion of race in D.C.

There is some reason to believe what's happening is that white residents, who used to predominate in suburbs, and black residents, who used to dominate urban populations, are switching places. As USA Today noted recently, "The black population is declining in a growing number of major cities—more evidence that the settlement pattern of African Americans is changing as they disperse to suburbia and warmer parts of the nation." Though it's not clear precisely where the District's African Americans are headed, nearby Prince George's County saw growth in the 15-25 percent range, and the number of whites in the state of Maryland decreased by 0.9 percent.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #95 on: March 25, 2011, 02:22:27 PM »
More on "Operation Vanilla City":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/black-dc-residents-plummet-barely-a-majority/2011/03/24/ABtIgJQB_story.html?hpid=z2

The highlight (per my gentrification argument) is the quote from Barry... And the always hilarious "Ward 9" joke:

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“We’re going to stop this trend — gentrification,” said D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8 ). “We can’t displace old-time Washingtonians.”

“The key to keeping this city black is jobs, jobs, jobs for black people so they can have a better quality of life in neighborhoods in the city,” he added. “I believe in integration, but I don’t believe in the apartheid we have in Ward 8. You don’t see corner stores in Ward 3. You don’t see the liquor stores.”

Barry, the four-term mayor who emerged from the civil rights movement, also faulted Congress for overturning a residency requirement for local government workers in 1988. That, he said, helped build up what he called “Ward 9,” referring to Prince George’s County.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #96 on: April 19, 2011, 11:18:40 AM »
When the levees broke....



....in DC!


http://www.thehoya.com/georgetown-waterfront-flooded-buildings-evacuated-1.2181365

Pictures at the link.

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After heavy rains Monday morning, the Potomac flooded the Washington Harbour shopping area's patio, several restaurants and residences on the Georgetown waterfront.

Pete Piringer, chief spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said that they received a call at around 7 a.m. with reports of flooding at Washington Harbour. Water filled the walkway and spilled down into the lower-level businesses, covering the fountain in the center of the plaza.

"All of the terrace-level areas were affected. Those are mixed use — commercial, office and residence," he said.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #97 on: May 17, 2011, 02:28:08 PM »
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Man Shoots Skateboarder With Shotgun

A 66-year-old Calvert County resident used a shotgun to resolve an alleged trespassing incident.

That was after he used a can of pepper spray, police said.

A sergeant from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of trespassing at 6:05 p.m. on Monday, May 16.  The alleged trespassing happened at the Solomons Landing Condominiums, in Solomons.

When Sgt. M. Hurlock arrived, he said he heard a single gunshot, and was then approached by Charles Joseph Armiger, who was holding a shotgun.

Armiger, a resident of Solomons, told investigators that he'd had a history of run-ins with a group of skateboarders in the neighborhood.  He said on Monday night, a group of 7 or 8 skateboarders, all minors, had been cursing, swearing, and banging on doors in the neighborhood.

According to police, Armiger tried to stop the mischief-making, but one of the skateboarders started using profanity against him.  That's when the 66-year-old sprayed the youth down with pepper spray, Armiger told investigators.  He said that after he used the pepper spray, the kids ran.

But he wasn't done yet.

Armiger said that while a neighbor gave chase to the skateboarders, he went back inside to get his shotgun.  He fired at the kids, who were down the road, running away.  Armiger told the Sheriff's department that he had only pulled the trigger to the shotgun to scare the kids, but one skateboarder was struck in the leg.  The juvenile, a 15-year-old, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Armiger is being held on $50,000 bond for first and second degree assault.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #98 on: May 17, 2011, 03:04:01 PM »
Yeah. Calvert County.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #99 on: June 23, 2011, 08:00:06 AM »
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2011/06/22/new-york-expat-hates-d-c-so-much-she-got-her-wedding-announcement-in-the-post/

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This morning's Washington Post broke new ground in a genre most experts thought was entirely tapped out by now: Whiny ex-New Yorkers bitching about how much they hate D.C.

Style feature writer Monica Hesse chronicled a meeting of a group of nearly a dozen and a half New York expats who've formed a club they call the Fellowship of Unassimilated Manhattan Exiles, or FUME. Meeting at a ritzy tequila bar of the sort most expats like to pretend doesn't exist here ("The partying continues... NYC style," an invitation to the gathering reads), FUME's members gripe about how difficult it is to buy a newspaper in the District. Or get Chinese food.

The standard reaction to this sort of fare—"So go back to New York!"—doesn't apply here; the group's founder, former Politico staffer Pia Catton, has done just that. But it's still worth examining FUME a bit more closely. TBD has already pointed out that even New Yorkers don't like people who think Manhattan is the center of the world; Twitter has already pointed out that the Post's characterization of D.C. as "a whole city of expats" ignores the thousands and thousands of us who were born here and don't feel the need for an embassy to rally around (even an embassy that serves $80 tequila shots and boring tacos).

What no one's pointed out yet, though, is that one of FUME's stalwarts, education policy wonk Emily Anthony, hates D.C. so much that she... had her wedding written up in the local paper. (Yes, the same local paper that wrote up FUME, and the one that, apparently, no New York expats have figured out can be delivered to their homes so they don't need to buy it at CVS.) We had to figure that out by Googling her name, though, because we hadn't read about it in the Post; real Washingtonians, of course, get their news about the weddings of people with advanced degrees in the New York Times. Which publishes a Washington edition.

Leave weddings aside, though. In the end, like so many New York-beats-D.C. arguments, FUME's comes down to bagels. And while we think it's typically a fool's errand to compare D.C. and New York as if one city weren't more than 10 times bigger than the other, on the bagel front, there's no question who comes out ahead.

After all, if you want to get H&H bagels at a neighborhood deli, New York's got nothing for you anymore. Welcome to D.C., everyone!

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #100 on: June 24, 2011, 11:05:53 AM »
A bit of an uproar about a place that's trying to be a "24 hour hang-out." They applied for a liquor license to match.

"24 hour" alcohol service in DC = start serving at 8:30am and stop at 3am, it's long been on the books but there's what I guess is some sort of unspoken agreement that nobody will actually take advantage of it.

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Margot's Chair, the latest offering from Tryst/Diner/Open City impresario Constantine Stavropoulos slated for the ground floor of refurbished condos at 11th and Monroe Street in Columbia Heights, has mostly made it through the regulatory meat grinder. The 250-seat, 7,000-square-foot hangout spot got a "voluntary agreement" with the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission that allows 24-hour operation and alcohol service until 3:00 a.m. on the weekends, and is shooting for a late-summer opening.

But that hasn't stopped nearby residents from sounding the alarm. Andrew Krieger, an artist who has lived in the neighborhood for 23 years, says he's got 225 petitions from immediate neighbors against the hours and size of the new establishment. In an attack worthy of the "New York Investor" flyer down on 14th Street, Krieger sent City Paper an email entitled "Big Box Coffee House Coming to Columbia Heights!!!" It reads, in pertinent part:

The 11th Street corridor is currently a low-density mix of commercial and residential properties. A business like Margot’s Chair, with no dedicated parking, would alter the dynamic of the surrounding community. At present, our community already feels the impact of other businesses that draw medium-size crowds, and that stay open late. To bring in another one that is even larger does more than demonstrate a lack of planning; it’s irresponsible.

Residents in Columbia Heights want development, but we want it to be responsible development. We want it to be designed so that all can enjoy the peace and tranquility of their homes. If Margot's Chair comes to Columbia Heights, we welcome it to the neighborhood. But be a good, respectful neighbor, and keep the hours of other existing businesses, and partner with the community. Many already have issues with noise, trash and parking. An establishment of this size—occupying a space that used to house six businesses—will negatively impact residents and local houses of worship. It will set a dangerous precedent for all future business in our community.
An issue of this magnitude needs to be carefully reviewed, weighing the benefit to the city’s coffers against the potential destruction of community. There are alternatives in this eccentric, low-density strip, alternatives that maintain community and foster a strong city. These should be studied closely.

A "group of five" is working on challenging Stavropoulos' liquor license. The Alcoholic Beverage Control board may well throw out the protest. But if those 225 signatures are for real, it appears that a significant chunk of nearby residents have a problem with how Stavropoulos' business plan, which will be the first of its kind on the city's newest hip strip and help make the neighborhood into a vibrant, around-the-clock kind of place. And that raises a question: Do neighbors have a right to dead quiet, abundant parking, and empty sidewalks? If you've lived someplace for a long time, should you have a say in the kinds of businesses that decide to come there and change how it feels?

You could try to answer that question by arguing in favor of what Margot's Chair will create. The strangest part of Krieger's letter is the notion that such an establishment would result in the "destruction" of the community, when these kinds of gathering places are exactly what builds community. Having employees and customers up and around during all hours make a neighborhood still troubled by violence much safer. And surely it's better to have a place that caters to a wide variety of people and uses, rather than just another bar. Et cetera.

But the more fundamental point here is that when you move to an area, you sign up for what it's zoned to accommodate and what the market might attract. Eleventh Street is starting to take on attributes of being a real city. Cities don't have entertainment ghettoes and residential suburbs, they have places to eat, drink, caffeinate, and hang out interspersed with areas where you live, play, and work. When it's hard to park, people adapt, which is healthier for everyone. A lot of people really like that kind of environment. Why should the preferences of the people who've been in an area for a long time trump those of people who are moving in, or those who might come from elsewhere to enjoy them?


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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #101 on: July 05, 2011, 04:26:45 PM »
Mirzayan was one of the missing I discussed when I wrote about Chandra Levy ten years ago.

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DNA links 1998 DC killing to series of Md. rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County from the same time.

Now police in the District of Columbia plan to start a website to drum up interest in the case and elicit tips on the suspect.

Police say DNA links eight rapes or attempted sexual assaults from 1991 to 1998 to the beating death 13 years ago of Christine Mirzayan. Mirzayan, who was participating in a fellowship program with the National Academies of Science, was walking home in Georgetown when police say she was attacked, sexually assaulted and bludgeoned.

Investigators aren't sure if the suspect is still committing crimes, in prison or even still alive. But they hope the website can bring attention to the cases.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/07/dna-links-1998-dc-killing-series-md-rapes#ixzz1RGDkS3Ze

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #102 on: July 06, 2011, 08:33:39 AM »
You know, RC, you should look into doing a nonfiction series on the area's unsung serial killers/rapists/arsonists. Try to place it in the City Paper or something... Or have a dedicated regional section on GS (which I've always wanted to see).

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #103 on: July 06, 2011, 05:05:42 PM »
LOL. The revolution has begun!


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2:45 p.m. Update: At about 11:30 a.m., a contractor for the Maryland State Highway Administration was parked in a white Jeep next to a guard rail on I-295. The Jeep had speed cameras affixed to it to catch speeders going through the construction zone, said Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley:

A man came out of the woods with a shotgun and a hammer and began tapping on the rear of the Jeep with the shotgun, Shipley said. The worker became frightened and started blowing his horn.

“The suspect then came to the front of the Jeep and began yelling incoherently and smashing the windshield with the hammer,” Shipley said.

The windshield shattered, but nobody was injured, he said.

The worker got out of the car and crouched by the guard rail for cover. the man with the hammer and gun left.

“The suspect disappeared into the wooded area,” Shipley said. “We’re still looking for him.”

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #104 on: July 06, 2011, 05:11:40 PM »
You know, RC, you should look into doing a nonfiction series on the area's unsung serial killers/rapists/arsonists. Try to place it in the City Paper or something... Or have a dedicated regional section on GS (which I've always wanted to see).

The arsonist story is interesting, eh? I think there's been quite a bit written about that already.