Drama on Southern Avenue

October 31, 2013

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, in what police say was not a random incident, four armed men broke into a house on the 4200 block of Southern Avenue SE, held and beat the occupants and sexually assaulted one man. The weirdness just starts there. Later in the day, WUSA-TV reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill visited the scene, preparing to do a segment on the attack. A woman emerges: “I asked you to leave, and I’m not going to say it again,” she tells them. “Bye! Bye! Bye! Bye! Bye!” And from there, you just need to watch the video and judge for yourself what constitutes acceptable behavior outside your own home-turned-crime-scene.

In other news:

Working Families coalition, active in New York and elsewhere, hopes to make big D.C. splash (Post)

Latest projection: Skyland Town Center opens 2016 (WBJ)

Chris Brown frenzy leads Superior Court officials to reassess protocols (Post)

LivingSocial apologizes hard after including dreidels in “greed” room (PostWashington Jewish Week)

Three out of four students in closed DCPS schools stayed in DCPS (WAMU-FM)

Policy change making it easier to revoke housing vouchers stokes advocates’ fears of abuses (Housing Complex)

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Battle over 5333 Connecticut now heads to the courts (WBJ)

Chef Geoff wishes Wilson Building protesters would be nicer (Loose Lips)

Bike advocates suspect cycletrack delay is due to air-quality review (WAMU-FM)

“From this day forward, Washington, D.C. is a Teamster taxi town” (Dr. Gridlock)

Yellow Cab boss fears for its precious brand (WBJ)

About 900 drivers have a month to find a new credit-card processor (WAMU-FM)

Doesn’t look like DDOT installed enough zebras on Pennsylvania Avenue (GGWWRC-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton on the Redskins name: “We can love the team – as we do – without loving the name” (U.S. News)

Decriminalized weed “certainly won’t help” make medical marijuana viable (Blade)

More unsolicited Height Act advice (GGW)

Latest look at O Street Market (PoPville)

Paul Zukerberg has pro bono representation in his fight to maintain AG election (Legal Times)

BEGA chair Robert Spagnoletti, Solicitor General Todd Kim among those seeking Court of Appeals appointment (PostLegal Times)

Georgia Avenue Wal-Mart developer already looking to flip (WBJ)

BZA grants parking-minimum exemption for another 14th Street apartment building (UrbanTurf)

Three firefighters hurt after their truck collides with Camaro in Marshall Heights (Post)

Three shot Wednesday night in Buena Vista (Post)

GWU prof is in critical condition after early-Sunday Dupont beating (Post)

A bicyclist is snatching phones in Georgetown and Burleith (Post)

H Street Giant is giving up on 24-hour service for now (DCist)

Savoy Elementary kids engage in some seasonal street theater (Post)

Arnold Schwarzenegger spent Wednesday at Stuart Hobson Middle School (WJLA-TV)

Richard Didden, banker and Capitol Hill fixture, is dead at 65 (Hill Rag)

After dismal season, D.C. United fires … well-regarded PR man (Soccer Insider, City Desk)

The House now looks like an International House of Pancakes (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · October 30, 2013