Thomas Heath is away, but we still found some items worth passing on.
One more hotel — this time, for pollinator bees — is coming to Washington early next year. The Fairmont Washington, D.C., already home to more than 100,000 Italian honeybees and three hives, is adding a bee hotel to its rooftop.
The structure, a collection of wood, twigs, fallen branches and soil-filled holes, is designed to attract and house solitary bees, hotel officials said. The pollinator hotel will offer a safe place for the bees — which have long been battling habitat destruction — to breed and lay eggs away from predators. Executive Chef Mark Timms will double as the hotel’s chief beekeeper.
“The addition of a pollinator bee hotel will be a tremendous asset to the cross-pollination of the flowers and trees in the courtyard,” Mark S. Andrew, the Fairmont’s general manager, said in a statement.
The hotel is displaying a “pop-up” pollinator bee hotel in its lobby beginning Monday, and serving BeeTinis and other honey- and pollen-filled fare at its restaurant. A portion of the proceeds from the menu will support the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Junior Beekeepers.
— Abha Bhattarai
A more detailed picture of the web of companies affected by Truland Group — the Reston-based electrical contractor that shut down and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July — has begun to emerge.
In addition to the dozens of construction companies that were using Truland to do electrical work for projects around the country, some of the creditors of the Truland estate last week filed documents with the court detailing the debt owed to them.
Several are electrical services companies that provided labor, materials or rental equipment to Truland: Capital Lighting & Supply, owed $1.14 million; Graybar Electric Co.; Maurice Electrical Supply Co., owed $1.19 million; Shepherd Electric Supply, $1.59 million; and United Rentals , owed $215,623, according to documents filed by an attorney for the companies in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The court is slated to hold a hearing Tuesday to decide when Truland must submit its statement of financial affairs. The estate was previously supposed to submit the information to the court by Aug. 13, but asked for an extension to Sept. 29.
— Catherine Ho
An outspoken minority press is “needed now more than ever before,” Radio One founder Cathy Hughes said during a recent live interview at the Newseum, even as sluggish advertising revenue and hard-to-secure financing make it difficult for those media outlets to thrive.
“It’s the responsibility of each community to tell their story in their own words from their perspective,” Hughes said Aug. 9 during the appearance that was held in conjunction with the press museum’s “One Nation With News for All” exhibit, which chronicles the ways immigrant and minority media have advanced their respective communities. She was also interviewed on “Inside Media” by host Frank Bond.
Hughes is as much an entrepreneur as a media pioneer. She began her career as a young, single mother working for Howard University’s radio station, WHUR. She went on to found her media empire, now known as Radio One, in Washington with the purchase of station WOL in 1980.
“I don’t think that it’s possible for any African American, let alone an African American woman, to get one station financed the way I did,” Hughes said. “That’s not possible anymore. You have to have multiple stations that you’re trying to get financed.”
She shifted the station from an all-music format to include programs that examined politics, culture and other current events from an African American perspective.
As the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights advocate and media personality, said during a video introducing Hughes: “She took the mute button off of black America.”
— Steven Overly
Politico is staying in Rosslyn.
The political news publisher signed a long-term lease for office space in the Rosslyn office buildings sometimes referred to as Arlington’s “twin towers,” the buildings’ owner, Monday Properties, announced last week.
The lease is for 72,000 square feet at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, next door to the building where Politico is currently headquartered. The new space will include amenities aimed at accommodating the news organization, Tim Helmig, president and chief operating officer for Monday, said.
“Monday Properties will provide Politico with the capabilities to operate in a 24/7 environment,” Helmig said in a statement. “We will provide a unique parking solution, a private outdoor terrace, back-up generator location, over 55,000 square feet of on-site retail amenities and unparalleled media-specific facilities. Moreover, the company is growing by leaps and bounds, and we can accommodate Politico’s expansion needs well into the future.”
Although Politico’s decision to remain in Rosslyn was widely expected, the company and its parent, Capitol News Co., were aggressively courted by other landlords, another sign of the region’s flat office environment.
Politico’s move is expected in the spring of 2015.
— Jonathan O’Connell