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Paolo’s Ristorante Closes

Part of Capital Restaurant Concepts, a company co-founded by Paul Cohn and Bechara Nammour in 1984, Paolo's was known for its happy hour, breadsticks and olive tapenade, pizza and minestrone soup.

Jeffrey Gildenhorn, 1943–2017 

The iconoclastic D.C. restaurant owner, boxing commissioner and candidate for mayor died June 26 at age 74.

Georgetown News During the COVID-19 Constraints

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Cause of Student Death: Swept Under the Rug?

The April 24 death of Edward Blatz, Jr., 21, a Georgetown University undergraduate, is certainly a tragedy for his family — and a cutting, lasting sorrow no parent should have to bear. Our condolences are offered to family and friends during this time of mourning. The discovery of the death was made more poignant because on this sunny April Sunday people were walking past the fateful house at 1401 33 St. NW — some from the service at nearby St. John’s Church. At the corner, shut down by the Metropolitan Police Department, were police cruisers, an ambulance and a Homicide Division vehicle. With some sharp comments, a few justifiably upset neighbors shook their heads at the well-known student group house and its sad conclusion. The Georgetown University Athletics Department released a statement April 24 quoting Kevin Warne, head coach of the lacrosse team: “Eddie was a great young man who was well-respected and well-liked by his teammates and the Georgetown lacrosse family. He was a very bright student and a talented player and words cannot express the loss we are feeling right now.” Along with a general email to students, that was about all that Georgetown University seemed to want the media to report about the death. The Georgetowner went on to report where that student lived — and the concerns of neighbors over drug and alcohol abuse. Several emails arrived in our inbox — from down the street and across the country. One of those emails came from someone well acquainted with student athletics and the lacrosse world. The accusatory missive — while tough to hear right now — raises some basic questions and is reproduced, in part, here: “Hoyas men’s lacrosse players partying after loss to Virginia, three OD, one dies, one revived by paddle defibrillator, another also hospitalized. “Georgetown University is so tight-lipped on this as it is a clear demonstration of the complicit conspiracy within the quasi-elitist lacrosse community-culture cover up — just as are all schools, coaches, parents and players where the self-ordained immunity to rules violations and consequences tolerate the norm of ‘good boys from good families’ allowed to historically and chronically abuse drugs and alcohol. You needn’t be so disappointed in just Georgetown. This overlooking of the root cause of the problem is systemic and ubiquitous in lacrosse.” The death of Ed Blatz need not be in vain — and we are not saying it is part of any so-called lacrosse insider culture, as described above. But his death should shine a light on any problems students may have with drugs or alcohol — and any exclusionary sports subculture that would be so selective of the truth. Drug abuse or alcohol abuse survive in the dark, not so much in the light.

Whatever Happened to Whole Foods?

A reopening of the Glover Park store appears increasingly unlikely, according to Eric Langenbacher, president of the Burleith Citizens Association.

Business Ins & Outs: Levain Bakery, Framebridge & More

NYC’S LEVAIN BAKERY COMING TO M ST. Still, when all is said and done, they come to Georgetown first. Manhattan’s Levain Bakery with its big,...

High Tech Georgetown: Palantir

The first thing you see at the entrance of Palantir Technologies on Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown is an American flag flanking a life-sized...

The Shoeless Joys of Opening Day

Sports, it always turns out, is the Band-Aid, the nurse, the cool glass of water at the end of a hot day, the reward for the unrewarding job, the passion injected into the lives that may not have enough. 

Palisades Safeway to Shutter May 4

The closure of the grocery store for a major redevelopment of the property will leave Palisades residents with the nearest Safeway two miles away in Georgetown.

Capital One Café Opens in Georgetown

Besides the brews and sweets provided by its partner, Peet’s Coffee, the corner spot has desks, couches, private nooks, meeting rooms and a conference table with a television and screen projector.