DISTRICT BRIEFING

DISTRICT BRIEFING

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

AVOIDING FORECLOSURE

Friendship House to File for Bankruptcy

The board of the nonprofit Friendship House Association announced yesterday that it will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy to stave off a foreclosure sale of its historic Capitol Hill headquarters.

The legal action stops Adams National Bank from selling the 1797 estate, known as the Maples, at auction, which was scheduled for tomorrow. Friendship House, founded in 1904 and one of the oldest social service organizations in the city, took out a $1.5 million loan to refurbish the house but fell behind on repayment.

-- Elissa Silverman

CRIME

Charges Filed in SE Bus Station Shooting

The U.S. attorney's office has filed assault charges against a Southeast Washington teen in the June 18 shooting of a District youth outside an Anacostia bus station.

Prosecutors charged Andrew Redd, 18, with assault with intent to kill while armed. Authorities said that Redd and a 17-year-old argued and that each pulled out a gun and shot the other. Redd remains hospitalized with wounds in his chest.

The 17-year-old was shot in the arm and was treated at Howard University Hospital and released. He will be charged as a youth by the D.C. attorney general's office.

-- Keith L. Alexander


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