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Families of some missing woman submit DNA to help ID remains

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say the families of some woman reported missing have submitted DNA samples to help police identify three skeletal remains found on a property in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham says the genetic samples and femur bones from the remains have been sent to an FBI lab for analysis. He says the remains are at least a year old but cautioned that they could be older.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the medical examiner’s office told police that examiners think the women were at least between 30 and 60 years old. Two had been shot; one suffered blunt force trauma.

The bones were found in April. Contractors renovating a building found the first set, while the remains of the other women were later found in a shallow grave behind the property.

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Families of some missing woman submit DNA to help ID skeletal remains found in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say the families of some woman reported missing have submitted DNA samples to help police identify three skeletal remains found on a property in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham says the genetic samples and femur bones from the remains have been sent to an FBI lab for analysis. He says the remains are at least a year old but cautioned that they could be older.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the medical examiner’s office told police that examiners think the women were at least between 30 and 60 years old. Two had been shot; one suffered blunt force trauma.

The bones were found in April. Contractors renovating a building found the first set, while the remains of the other women were later found in a shallow grave behind the property.

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Photos of the week: May 19-26

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Here are photos from stories that happened last week.

Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any.

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The Cygnus capsule prepares to dock to the International Space Station, Thursday, May 24, 2018. The International Space Station has accepted delivery of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia. A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab Thursday, three days after launching from Wallops Island. Virginia-based Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation. The space station’s U.S. crew used a big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit 250 miles up. (NASA via AP)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”photo”,”media”:”

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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, right, poses with members of the Washington Capitals and the Prince of Wales trophy after the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 during Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo\/Chris O’Meara)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”photo”,”media”:”

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In this Thursday, May 24, 2018 photo, residents and members of the media are silhouetted as active lava fissures near what is now the end of Leilani Street continue to spew forth lava at Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii. (George F. Lee\/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”photo”,”media”:”

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In this Sunday, May 20, 2018 photo, a masked horseman rides through the streets during the “Cavalhadas” festival in Pirenopolis, Brazil. The tradition of the masked horsemen’s festival was brought to Brazil in the 1800’s by a Portuguese priest to celebrate the “Holy Spirit” and to commemorate the medieval victory of Iberian Christian knights over the Moors. (AP Photo\/Eraldo Peres)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”photo”,”media”:”

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In this Monday, May 21, 2018, file photo, a Muslim woman prays at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. During Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo\/Tatan Syuflana, File)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”ad”,”media”:”

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In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018, file photo, weeds grow in the ruins of Marawi city in southern Philippines exactly a year after Filipino Muslim militants laid siege in the city. Philippine officials say hundreds of displaced residents remain in emergency shelters as the threat of militants and unexploded bombs lingers in the ruins of a southern city that was held by Islamic State group-aligned fighters for five months last year. The May 23 siege that troops crushed in October, killed more than 1,100 mostly militants, sparked President Rodrigo Duterte’s most serious crisis and reinforced Asia’s fears that the Islamic State group is gaining a foothold in the region. (AP Photo, File)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”photo”,”media”:”

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In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018, file photo, Participants climb up the bun tower during the bun snatching competition on the outlying Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong to celebrate the Bun Festival. During the Bun Festival, the Taoist God of the Sea, is worshipped and evil spirits are scared away by loud gongs and drums during the procession. The celebration includes bun scrambling, parades, opera performances, and children dressed in colorful costumes. (AP Photo\/Kin Cheung, File)\n”,”ampmedia”:”\n\n\t\t”,”alt”:””},{“type”:”photo”,”media”:”

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Rest easy, nation: The White House sinkhole is set to be fixed

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WASHINGTON — The long, national crisis that was The White House Sinkhole Saga is almost over.

The good news comes from the National Park Service, which announced Friday evening that a crew had excavated the area on the North Lawn. The “underground void” is only about 6–8 inches in diameter, officials said, and is probably a product of soil erosion due to all the rain of late.

The sinkhole’s existence, of course, has been fodder for the Twitter peanut gallery after its discovery Sunday.

In a few days, concrete, gravel and soil will fill the hole before it’s all resodded, said park service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles.

Anyone worried about neighborhood property values can rest easy. The small hole, which has not grown larger since it was first noticed, does not pose a risk to the White House, the park service confirmed.

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Friday’s incident suggests Metro cars could still pose risk to visually impaired

WASHINGTON — When Metro’s new 7000 Series trains pull into a station, the space between cars can appear to be the same as an open door to visually-impaired riders. On Friday morning, a woman who witnesses said appeared to be blind fell between two cars of a new train at the Van Ness station.

While it is not certain at this point that a lack of protective barriers to keep blind and visually-impaired riders from accidentally falling onto the tracks contributed to this particular incident, it is a problem Metro has been warned about before.

Metro had initially promised to install the protective safety barriers — which are simply chains between all 7000 Series cars, similar to those that have always been on older rail cars — by last year. The transit system then pushed back that timeline.

Metro had also said in the past that further deliveries of the cars — which would now have accounted for a significant portion of the fleet — would have the barriers installed at the factory in Nebraska.

The promises came after disability-rights groups and federal safety experts raised concerns, and at least two people fell between rail cars onto the tracks.

The 7000 Series cars, as originally designed, only have the chain-link barriers every other car, with different rubber bumpers farther from the platform separating each pair of cars. The design change was meant to make shuffling cars around in rail yards easier, and Metro has said it was within Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Metro had agreed to add the safety barriers anyway, after the concerns from disability-rights groups and the Federal Transit Administration.

Metro now has more than 500 of the new train cars running in eight-car sets across the system.

The woman who fell Friday was not seriously physically injured.

Single-tracking around the incident created Red Line delays from shortly after 8 a.m. through the end of the morning rush hour.

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Metro: Expect delays on the Red Line between Friendship Heights and Van Ness

WASHINGTON — Metro said passengers on the Red Line should be prepared for residual delays in both directions at Van Ness.

Trains were single tracking between Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations.

Metro told WTOP’s Max Smith that a person trying to get on the train fell between two cars as the train was at the platform.

While trains were single tracking for less than hour, Metro said residual delays continue in both directions.

This is a developing story. WTOP’s Max Smith contributed to this report.

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Memorial Day weekend 2018: Event guide and road closures

WASHINGTON — While many may be traveling out of town during the Memorial Day weekend, D.C. is ripe with opportunities to observe the holiday and remember fallen servicemen and women.

If you’re staying in the D.C. area to mark the unofficial start of the summer, here’s your guide to events around town and the road closures they bring.

Rolling Thunder

Motorcyclists will be revving through town Sunday, May 27, for the annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Run.

Motorcyclists are scheduled to leave the North Pentagon parking lot at 12 p.m. Participants will ride through the area of the National Mall and end at West Potomac Park, where they will pay tribute to the fallen.

Thunder Alley, the official vendor site of the organization, will sell patches, pins, T-shirt and more on 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW in D.C.

In Arlington County, Washington Boulevard, Route 27, will be closed from Interstate 395 to the Memorial Bridge from 7 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

In D.C., the following road closures are in place Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
  • 23rd Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Memorial Bridge
  • Third Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Independence Avenue SW from Third Street SW to 23rd Street SW

Parking will not be allowed on those streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Vehicles parked along the route and in violation of the of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed, D.C. police said in a news release.

National Memorial Day Concert

This year’s concert kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

This year’s performers include Allison Janney, The Lt. Dan Band, Leona Lewis, The National Symphony Orchestra and more.

The concert is free and open to the public. General Admission gates open at 5 p.m.

Public entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol:

  • North (Senate) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • South (House) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street SW, and Maryland Avenue SW

Road closures will take effect early Friday morning through Monday, May 28, on the following roads:

  • First Street, SW/NW from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • Maryland Avenue, SW, from First Street to Third Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from First Street to Third Street

All bags, coolers, backpacks and closed containers will be checked; all guests will have to go through a metal detector.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glass bottles
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
  • Knives, blades or sharp objects (of any length)
  • Laser pointers
  • Signs
  • Posters
  • Mace and pepper spray, sticks and poles
  • Electric stun guns
  • Martial arts weapons or devices
  • Umbrellas larger than 36 inches in diameter (those smaller than 36″ will be allowed)
  • Pocket or hand tools such as a “Leatherman”
  • Sealed packages, large boxes, duffel bags, suitcases
  • Drones, model rockets, remote or manually-controlled model gliders, model airplanes or unmanned aircrafts, model boats and/or cars and other unmanned ground or aircraft system.

National Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day Parade, the largest Memorial Day event according to the American Veterans Center’s website, is commemorating its 14th year.

This year’s parade kicks off at 2 p.m. on Monday and will feature The Tuskegee Airmen, Joe Mantegna and Trace Adkins, among other notable people.

The parade route starts at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds on Constitution Avenue NW and disbands around 5 p.m. between 18th and 23rd Streets on Constitution Avenue and Virginia Avenue NW.

The following road closures are in place:

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Seventh Street between Independence Avenue SW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW between Sixth Street to Ninth Street NW.

From 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m.:

  • Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW to 23rd and Constitution Avenue NW

Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery will host plenty of events on its ground Memorial Day weekend.

Participants of the Rolling Thunder’s annual Run for the Wall will arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on motorcycles Saturday and conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beginning at 9 a.m.

The American Legion Riders will have a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tanner Amphitheater beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Native Youth Alliance will have a wreath-laying ceremony at the Indigenous People Memorial Tree in Section 8 at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Japanese American Citizens League of Washington, D.C., and Japanese American Veterans Association will have its 70th annual wreath-laying ceremony Sunday at the Pavilion in the Columbarium Courts in Section 63 at 9:30 a.m.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces full-honor wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Monday. It will followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in the Memorial Amphitheater.

Twenty and Four, the Honor Society of Women Legionnaires, will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony Monday at the Civil War Tomb of the Unknown in Section 26 at 1 p.m.

Volunteers with Memorial Day Flowers will place roses and other flowers on the headstones of fallen military service members. Volunteers will be meeting at noon Sunday and at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Visit the memorials

Those wanting to pay their respects to fallen servicemen and women can do so by visiting the many memorials dedicated to year-round remembrance.

From May 25 through May 27, the Poppy Memorial will be on display on the southwestern side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial consists of the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Wall and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The memorial is located north of the Lincoln Memorial near the intersection of 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall has 19 stainless steel statues commemorating those who served on the U.S. Armed Forces that served during the Korean War. It’s located southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.

The National World War II Memorial is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenue SW, at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It honors the 16 million who served during World War II, the 400,000 who died and those who supported the effort at home, according the memorial’s website. 

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial honors those who were disabled in military service. It’s located east of the Capitol and the Botanic Garden.

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Plan to demolish old streetcar bridge gets thumbs down from DC board

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WASHINGTON —  A plan to knock down the last old streetcar bridge left in D.C. just hit the brakes, but a final decision on its future has yet to be made.

Metro, which owns the 120-year-old Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle, warned back in January that it was in danger of imminent collapse.

The bridge is part of Glover-Archbold Park in Northwest D.C., which is controlled by the National Park Service. Fencing is in place to prevent people from walking on it and a trail that passes underneath the bridge has been closed since August 2016.

“There is debris actually falling off the bridge now; you can see that on the ground,” said Jim Ashe, Metro’s manager of Environmental Planning and Compliance at a public hearing before D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

“Our goal is not so much to demolish the bridge, but to make the area safe in a manner that’s consistent with WMATA’s mission.”

Ashe said spending money to repair the bridge is not a priority for his agency.

“WMATA’s situation is well-known,” he said. “We have a $25 billion list of capital needs.”

Others want to see the bridge saved.

D.C.’s Department of Transportation has offered to take over responsibility of the trestle and help turn it into a hiking and biking trail. But first, the agency will conduct a monthslong feasibility study.

A yay-or-nay from DDOT is expected in less than a year.

“Work to repair and reuse the trestle as part of the pedestrian-bike trail system would stabilize and repair this historic resource,” said Rebecca Miller with the D.C. Preservation League, one of several people who spoke out against Metro’s plan.

“They’ve done absolutely nothing about fixing this bridge,” said Palisades resident Brett Young. “This is a classic case of demolition by neglect.”

The board voted against granting Metro’s permit application and to refer the matter to what’s called the Mayor’s Agent for a final decision.

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Plan to demolish old streetcar bridge gets thumbs down from DC board

WASHINGTON —  A plan to knock down the last old streetcar bridge left in D.C. just hit the brakes, but a final decision on its future has yet to be made.

Metro, which owns the 120-year-old Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle, warned back in January that it was in danger of imminent collapse.

The bridge is part of Glover-Archbold Park in Northwest D.C., which is controlled by the National Park Service. Fencing is in place to prevent people from walking on it and a trail that passes underneath the bridge has been closed since August 2016.

“There is debris actually falling off the bridge now; you can see that on the ground,” said Jim Ashe, Metro’s manager of Environmental Planning and Compliance at a public hearing before D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

“Our goal is not so much to demolish the bridge, but to make the area safe in a manner that’s consistent with WMATA’s mission.”

Ashe said spending money to repair the bridge is not a priority for his agency.

“WMATA’s situation is well-known,” he said. “We have a $25 billion list of capital needs.”

Others want to see the bridge saved.

D.C.’s Department of Transportation has offered to take over responsibility of the trestle and help turn it into a hiking and biking trail. But first, the agency will conduct a monthslong feasibility study.

A yay-or-nay from DDOT is expected in less than a year.

“Work to repair and reuse the trestle as part of the pedestrian-bike trail system would stabilize and repair this historic resource,” said Rebecca Miller with the D.C. Preservation League, one of several people who spoke out against Metro’s plan.

“They’ve done absolutely nothing about fixing this bridge,” said Palisades resident Brett Young. “This is a classic case of demolition by neglect.”

The board voted against granting Metro’s permit application and to refer the matter to what’s called the Mayor’s Agent for a final decision.

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Tunnel has already kept billion gallons of sewer overflow out of the Anacostia

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WASHINGTON — Stewards of the Anacostia River are praising the recent performance of a new tunnel designed to prevent wastewater from overflowing into the river during big rain events.

Since opening March 20, the new 7-mile-long, 23-foot-wide tunnel that runs between RFK Stadium and the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southeast has prevented about a billion gallons of combined-sewer overflow from being dumped into the Anacostia River, said John Cassidy, program manager of the Clean Rivers Project at DC Water.

“The Anacostia tunnel is enormous, both in size and significance,” Anacostia Waterfront Trust Executive Director Doug Siglin said. “Because of it, D.C. residents and visitors can now use the beautiful Anacostia River for safe boating and paddleboarding many more days every summer.”

During last week’s unusual series of rain events, the new tunnel system prevented 600 million gallons of overflow.

“This is crazy, I love it,” said Jim Foster, president of the Anacostia Watershed Society. “Sewage didn’t belong in the river, and now we’re going to start seeing some fabulous, fabulous improvements to water quality here.”

Last week’s rain and associated flooding provided an excellent opportunity to test the new tunnel system, Cassidy said.

“The system performed very well,” Cassidy said. “We captured about 95 percent of the sewage.”

As for what’s next, Cassidy said the Northeast boundary tunnel scheduled to go into service in 2023 will complete the Anacostia River overflow controls. The Potomac River and Rock Creek controls are scheduled to be in place by 2030.

The issue of combined-sewer overflows is gradually being removed as an impediment to healthy Potomac and Anacostia rivers, but Cassidy notes that areas outside D.C. make up 80 percent of the watershed. Pollution from upriver, he said, needs attention.

“In order to make the water a place that’s actually fishable and swimmable, all those other pollution sources need to be addressed as well,” Cassidy said.

River lovers have been waiting for 20 years to celebrate this recent development, Foster said.

“All hail the leadership and the communities for doing this work to restore our river,” he said.

Cassidy also pointed out that it’s utility ratepayers who are paying for the tunnels.

“It’s an investment in the system, an investment in the environment, an investment in making the District a better place,” he said.

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