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March 31, 2015

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March 2, 2015

Hill East Redevelopment Moves Forward With Land Agreement

D.C. General Hospital, located in Hill East, now serves as a shelter for the homeless. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

D.C. General Hospital, located in Hill East, now serves as a shelter for the homeless. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an agreement Monday launching the redevelopment of the Hill East District, with construction expected to begin next year on a project that includes additional apartments, a public village square and green space.

“Today is a big day for Reservation 13, the Hill East neighborhood, and the entire city,” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen said in a statement. “It’s an important step toward realizing the vision for and full potential of this corner of the city, as well as finally delivering on promises made to the Hill East community.” Full story

February 6, 2015

Congress Extends NFL Season, at Least in Washington

Capitol Hill once welcomed Redskins cheerleaders, but leaders are now threatening the franchise. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Is Capitol Hill becoming less welcoming to the NFL? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress has once again jumped into the National Football League controversy over the Washington Redskins’ team name, with one member introducing a bill to formally declare the name a derogatory term that cannot be trademarked, and other members questioning why the league should continue as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution. Full story

February 4, 2015

Stabbing Delays Metro Trains at Federal Center SW

A stabbing incident related to a snatch-and-run theft delayed trains Wednesday afternoon at Federal Center SW station, Metro officials said.

Metro Transit Police responded around 3:30 p.m. to a report of a cell phone snatch at L’Enfant Plaza, according to Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye. Full story

December 18, 2014

Capitol Hill Commissioner Concerned About 2024 D.C. Olympics Bid

Supporters of DC2024 point out that Washington is the nation's fittest city. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser and representatives from Washington 2024 made their pitch for D.C. to host the 2024 Summer Olympics Tuesday, but one Capitol Hill neighborhood representative is raising concerns about the bid.

“D.C. residents should have a say in this because certainly we’re going to be paying for it. There’s no question about it,” Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Brian Flahaven said in a Wednesday phone interview. Flahaven’s district includes the southeast Capitol Hill neighborhood, which could be affected by the Olympic plan. Full story

December 11, 2014

Emanuel Cleaver Confronted by Pot Protesters (Video)

Protesters shut down Maryland Avenue Northeast. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters shut down Maryland Avenue Northeast. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)


The pro-pot group protesting Congress’ intervention into local marijuana policy did not cause an uproar on Capitol grounds Wednesday night, but they did clash with a congressman.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, riding with his chief of staff in a black sedan, encountered a few of the most antagonistic individuals on Maryland Avenue Northeast. About two dozen demonstrators, mostly associated with the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, were blocking traffic following a brief protest at the Heritage Foundation’s nearby headquarters.

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December 8, 2014

Activists Use Capitol as Backdrop to Protest Police-Involved Deaths

Protesters rallied outside the Capitol at 8 a.m. on Monday morning. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters rallied outside the Capitol at 8 a.m. Monday morning. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Activists protesting police-involved deaths in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere rallied Monday morning on Capitol Hill.

“As we celebrate a black man in the White House, we continue to mourn the lives of black and latino men, black women and black children who are slain by police and then systematically denied justice,” said Zoe Spencer, a D.C. resident who sat on the East Front, clutching a small, white bullhorn. Full story

December 2, 2014

Oh Ya! Capitol Christmas Tree Gets Lit

The Capitol Christmas Tree is up and running. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Christmas Tree is up and running. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Golden yellow hoodies dotted the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday, and a dark tree stood behind the children and adults wearing them. In the distance one could make out the white blur of the Washington monument through the cold mist that hung in the air.

After speeches from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., and Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among others, a switch was flipped and the 88-foot tall Minnesota white spruce glittered for the first time as the Capitol Christmas Tree. Full story

November 21, 2014

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives on the Hill

Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree is hoisted from the truck for transportation to the West Lawn of the Capitol on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

All the way from Minnesota, the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived on Friday. Now, the Minnesota White Spruce just needs to be anchored upright, decorated head to toe and lit, finally, by Speaker John A. Boehner on Dec. 2.

This year’s tree traveled from the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota with some companions from back home — thousands of handmade ornaments from North Star State children tagged along for the journey.

According to an Architect of the Capitol blog post about the tree, the tree was selected on a two-day trip in July by AOC Superintendent of Capitol Grounds Ted Bechtol.

The lighting ceremony will take place on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol. It will be lit every night when the sun goes down until Jan. 1.


Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Announced

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November 12, 2014

Orientation: Some Are Old, Some Are New, Most Are Red, a Few Are Blue

Newly elected GOP senators pose for a photo op. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected GOP senators pose for a photo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On a sunny Wednesday in the nation’s capital, new members of Congress got their first taste of life as lawmakers in Washington, complete with meetings and run-ins with the press.

Newly elected House members arrived at the Capitol Hill Hotel two blocks from the Capitol starting at 9 a.m. Rep.-elect Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., greeted the media at the hotel, noting that he arrived in D.C. Tuesday night and he “woke up this morning with cameras in my face.”

“Welcome to Washington,” replied the reporters. Full story

November 7, 2014

Road Closures for Concert for Valor on Veterans Day

The star-studded Concert for Valor planned for Veterans Day on the National Mall will result in many road closures around the Capitol on Tuesday.

From 6 a.m. until the conclusion of the event, the following street closures and traffic restrictions will be in effect for vehicles:

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue Northwest and Independence Avenue Southwest.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between First Street Northwest and Third Street Northwest.
  • Maryland Avenue between First Street Southwest and Third Street Southwest.
  • Cars northbound on Washington Avenue Southwest between D Street Southwest and Independence Avenue Southwest will be redirected.

For pedestrian traffic:

  • Union Square.
  • 100 Block of First Street Northwest.
  • Area north of and adjacent to Union Square (6 a.m. to midnight).
  • U.S. Botanic Garden will be closed to pedestrians (5 p.m. to midnight).

Temporary lighting, message boards, and signs will be in place around the Capitol complex to help people find their way to the concert, according to the Capitol Police.

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