Work starts on first of homeless shelters

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Thursday celebrated the first groundbreaking for one of the neighborhood-based shelters for homeless families that she says will replace the District’s dilapidated family shelter at the former site of D.C. General Hospital.

The Thursday morning event in the 4th Ward was a symbolic milestone for Bowser after more than a year of struggle to push forward with her vision of small family shelters spread throughout the city.

The D.C. Council scrapped the mayor’s initial proposal to lease space for the shelters last year after it came to light that some of the property owners who would have profited from the plan were Bowser campaign donors.

In April, the city prevailed before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment in its legal battles with neighbors of two of the eight proposed shelter sites, clearing the way for Bowser to move ahead with her plan to close D.C. General by 2020.

— Peter Jamison

Another surgery for Scalise after shooting

Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise underwent another surgery Thursday to handle an infection from wounds he suffered in Alexandria last month, according to a statement by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The hospital did not elaborate and said the House majority whip remains in serious condition after a complication arose this week that saw him readmitted to intensive care.

“Congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery for the management of infection. He tolerated the procedure well,” the statement read.

Doctors feared new dangers of infection after he underwent several surgeries as a result of being shot in the hip June 14.

Scalise was one of five people taken to hospitals in the aftermath of a shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice in Alexandria by 66-year-old gunman James T. Hodgkinson, who was fatally shot by ­police.

— Clarence Williams

Evaluation ordered in assault weapons case

A Pennsylvania man accused of bringing a military-style rifle to Trump International Hotel in May was ordered by a federal judge Thursday to undergo a psychiatric exam after prosecutors alleged that he was in the throes of a debilitating mental illness.

Bryan Moles, 43, pleaded not guilty June 22 to a firearms charge after being arrested in the District on May 31 after police found an AR-15 rifle, a handgun and more than 90 rounds of ammunition in his 2017 black BMW parked at the hotel.

Moles told authorities that he had come from Edinboro, Pa., to meet with President Trump.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon on Thursday ordered that Moles complete a competence evaluation at a federal psychiatric facility within 30 days.

— Spencer S. Hsu