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Two crashes disrupted an otherwise quiet August weekend in the metro area. Officials are still trying to understand why a Delaware man drove his vehicle into a barrier outside the Capitol, and what caused an Uber driver to crash into the front of Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington.

Capitol Collision

Early Sunday morning, a driver, identified as 29-year-old Delaware resident Richard York, crashed his vehicle into a metal barricade on East Capitol Street NE near Second Street NE. The car caught fire as York exited the vehicle; he proceeded to fire shots into the air before shooting himself in the head. Officials do not believe York was trying to target lawmakers—Congress is on recess through the end of the month—but do not know whether he set the fire. York had previous interactions with law enforcement in Pennsylvania, according to the Post.

Four Courts Crash

Why did a hailed-ride driver crash into the front of Ireland’s Four Courts, a popular pub on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington? Officials and community members still don’t know. The crash, which occurred around 6:45 p.m. on Friday, injured 15 people, two of whom remain hospitalized according to officials. Four Courts’ owners are thinking about the future and how they’ll repair the bar, but in the meantime, those who want to help out can donate to a GoFundMe, which has already raised more than $66,000.

Vandalism at Brookland Catholic School

St. Anthony Catholic School, celebrating 100 years in Brookland, was vandalized over the weekend. School officials say the statue of their patron saint was broken, as were a windowsill and playground benches. A police report has been filed and those affiliated with the school are concerned the actions may have been a hate crime. 

More Access to Monkeypox Vaccines

D.C. is expanding access to monkeypox vaccines. Now, anyone who has had multiple sexual partners over the past two weeks can register to receive a vaccine, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Non-residents who live or attend college in D.C. are also eligible to receive a vaccine if they meet the criteria. Those interested in receiving a vaccine can pre-register on the DC Health website.

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • D.C. police shot Rahman Mills, 29, in Southeast on Friday evening. Mills was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Mills has been charged with assaulting his partner. [Post, WUSA]
  • The 1-year-old French bulldog, Bruno, who was kidnapped at gunpoint while on a walk in Northwest in April, was found dead in Prince George’s County. [WTOP]
  • The Montgomery County Board of Elections certified Marc Elrich’s 35-vote primary victory for county executive on Saturday. Challenger David Blair, who lost by 77 votes in 2018, will likely ask for a recount. [Maryland Matters]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. officials say the city’s 911 call center, the Office of Unified Communications, mishandled reports of a 3-month-old boy left in a car, leading to a delayed response by paramedics (and the boy’s death). Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Chris Geldart says he’s considering asking the fire department to take over dispatch duties from the call center following a series of similar problems at OUC. [Post]
  • A tweet from a George Mason University researcher went viral over the weekend after she criticized D.C.’s new requirement that many childcare workers will need college degrees. At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson was among those pushing back against the outrage, explaining that the requirements stem from federal law (and could make sense for workers). [Twitter, Twitter]
  • At-Large councilmembers Elissa Silverman and Robert White have joined the chorus of critics of the Department of General Services, calling it “unacceptable” that so many schools still have open work orders with students about to arrive. DGS says it is working “around the clock” on these issues. [WJLA]

By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Lost Generation Brewing Company will open in an old Nabisco factory off the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Co-owner Jared Pulliam is aiming for a September debut and will join area breweries Red Bear and City State. [DCist]
  • Local brewers are getting creative as they deal with a carbon dioxide shortage. [NBC Washington]
  • Summer Restaurant Week starts today! [RAMW]
  • This 27-year-old consultant making $227,000 a year in D.C. spent nearly $1,000 eating out in one week. [Bon Appétit]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The local and Black-owned Loyalty Bookstore was gifted $20,000 this morning from Good Morning America and Wells Fargo to help owner Hannah Oliver Depp achieve her dream of bringing a Loyalty Bookstore Bookmobile to neighborhoods throughout the region. [Good Morning America]
  • “It is hard to capture the feel of pre-pandemic days.”—Hamilton returns to the Kennedy Center amidst a new world in which everything, from how audiences view the musical to what they do when the curtains close, has changed. [Post]
  • First it was Capitol Hill, then it was Adams Morgan: Netflix’s Rustin, about gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and the 1963 March on Washington, has been filming all around town. [Axios]
  • The second feature film from PG County’s Shawn Cosby premieres next week at AFI Silver. Cosby wrote and co-directed 33rd and Memphis during the pandemic, inspired, in part, by her years as a dancer and choreographer. [WTOP]
  • Following the Commanders’ preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers, head coach Ron Rivera says kick returners need improvement; Carson Wentz performed well. [Hogs Haven]
  • Wanna buy Ryan Zimmerman’s house? The six-bedroom, 13,000-square-foot estate in Great Falls is listed for $7.9 million. [Urban Turf]
  • Brittney Griner’s lawyers are appealing her nine-year drug sentence in Russia. Russian officials have confirmed that they will consider a prisoner swap that includes Viktor Bout, an arms dealer known as the Merchant of Death. Bout is serving a 25-year sentence. [ESPN, CBS Sports]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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