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Apple Store Gets Lease at Carnegie Library
Apple is planning to open a store in D.C.’s landmark Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. Events DC, which oversees the former library building, approved the lease late last month. Apple is hoping to begin construction on the store, designed by Foster + Partners, this fall. Expect to see live trees in the atrium and a 6K (beyond ultra high definition) video screen.

‘Disco’ Dan Dead at 47

Legendary D.C. graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan has died.

Legendary D.C. graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan has died.

Danny Hogg, better known as Cool “Disco” Dan, died July 26 due to complications from diabetes. The D.C. street artist, raised in Capitol Heights, Maryland, covered the city with his moniker, notably in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when D.C. was known as the nation’s murder capital. Documentary filmmaker Roger Gastman, who made a movie about Hogg, called him a “folk hero.”

Residents Evacuated from Rain-Damaged Building
An apartment building located at 3800 V St. SE was deemed unsafe for residents to return after heavy rains hit the region at the end of July. The Washington Post reported that nearly a dozen people were unable to move back to their homes after a basement wall collapsed. The three-story building was evacuated with no injuries.

New D.C. Coffee Bar Plans Rapid Expansion

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Republik Coffee Bar, a new craft coffee bar, has expanded to a second Virginia location and is setting its sights on high traffic areas in D.C., ideally with outdoor seating. Pera Construction owner Talha Sarac created the company, currently with stores in Ballston and McLean.

New York Ave. Pet Adoption Center Flooded
The Humane Rescue Alliance’s large pet adoption facility on New York Avenue NE was flooded in late July’s intense rainstorms, causing many of the pets boarding there to lose their bedding, WTOP reported. The center has called for donations of old blankets, sheets, towels and similar items. The flooding also caused some crowding; a number of animals had to share cages until dry conditions were restored. Now is the time to adopt.

Police Officer Suspended for Racist Shirt
A Metropolitan Police officer who showed up in court in a black T-shirt decorated with a Celtic cross commonly used by white supremacists was suspended July 28, NBC Washington reported. The shirt also showed a skeleton holding a rifle and an MPD shield. The D.C. flag was used as a backdrop for the words: “Let me see that waistband jo.” Law4BlackLives called the shirt “offensive” and indicative of bias in the policing of people of color.

Traffic Ticket App May Expand to D.C.

An app to help fight traffic tickets may be coming to D.C.

An app to help fight traffic tickets may be coming to D.C.

If you’ve ever gotten a traffic ticket in D.C. but haven’t had time to go to court, help may be on the way. reported that the app TIKD, available in Miami and central Maryland, is looking to expand to the D.C. area. The app enables users to (in the company’s words): “Get all the benefits of a court challenge along with the convenience of simply paying your fine.” TIKD Director of Marketing Louise Finlay expressed interest in the D.C. area since drivers tend to get a lot of tickets here.


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