Weekend roundup: Casa Ruby suspends operations, cyclist dies in Shaw


The weather was nice this weekend. Unfortunately, the news was not.

empty house

Casa Ruby, the DC nonprofit that has provided housing and services to LGBTQ youth for a decade, has suspended all programming, according to a report in the Washington Post. People living in Casa Ruby transitional housing have been forced to find new places to live and the remaining staff report that they have not been paid for six weeks. The organisation’s last board member resigned months ago and the founder corado rubywho resigned last year, would have retained control of the organisation’s bank accounts.

While the District Department of Social Services has funded Casa Ruby with hundreds of thousands of grant dollars over the years, it declined to renew an $839,460 grant for a low-barrier shelter last September. Corado raised more than $130,000 through a GoFundMe campaign following this announcement, but it’s unclear where those funds went. Corado, who said she was trying to set up a Casa Ruby site in her native El Salvador earlier this year, did not comment on the closure.

Cyclist killed in Shaw

Michael Gordon, a cyclist, died after colliding with a dump truck on 7th Street NW in Shaw early Friday morning. The truck was turning right at a green light and the cyclist was crossing the street heading north, but he hit the passenger side of the truck and got stuck underneath. MPD is seeking information related to the incident, the 20th road fatality in DC this year.

Fatal police shooting in the South West

A man drew a gun and pointed it at a crowd gathered at the dock on Saturday night, prompting an off-duty MPD commander, Jason Bagshaw, to draw his weapon and fatally shoot the man when he did not drop his weapon. Sources say Job they investigate whether an armed robbery was interrupted in progress.

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  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • Rent is still too high, and after pandemic-related measures to keep housing costs stable, landlords are raising their prices. [DCist]
  • DC averages eight new cases of monkeypox per day and ranks among the highest number of infections in the United States Muriel Bowser encourages residents most at risk (men who have sex with men, transgender women and sex workers) to pre-register for vaccinations. [WUSA]
  • Rehabilitation of the northern section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway begins today. [NBC Washington]
  • Although many businesses have closed due to the pandemic, many other new businesses have opened. Business license applications in the DC region increased from 176,000 in 2019 to 262,000 in 2021. [Post]

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  • Bills to Expand DC Abortion Access from Ward 1 Council Member Brianne Nadeau and At-Large Board Member Christina Henderson faces serious questions at a hearing, with a hospital administrator concerned that a surge of out-of-state patients will create “strain on our reproductive health service delivery infrastructure.” [WTOP]
  • Jack Evans‘ Instagram remains the go-to destination for political gossip, like a photo he posted having dinner with an At-Large board member Elissa Silverman and Auditor Kathy Patterson made progressives howl. [Twitter]

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  • Soulful cafea nonprofit restaurant in Rockville, relaunched with a new menu after opening in 2020. [DCist]
  • Amy Brandweinthe leader of Centrolineturns McDonald’s fries, McNuggets and apple pie in a gourmet dish. [WTOP]
  • Black Restaurant Week in DC starts today! [WUSA, Black Restaurant Week]

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  • Want to be part of the Northeast Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library Heritage Wall? Bring family photos and/or fabric swatches to the artist Michelle L.Herman on Saturday (everything will be returned). [Twitter, Instagram]
  • “Defiling the character and function of the Reading Room” – The DC Preservation League condemns proposed changes to the Library of Congress and put the LOC on its endangered list. [Post]
  • Get ready go-go fans! Junkyard Band is gearing up to release not one but two singles this summer. [Washington Informer]

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  • Juan Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer from the Nationals, so the team would have entertaining trade offers for the superstar outfielder. [ESPN, CBS Sports]
  • With their first two picks in the 2022 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected an 18-year-old high schooler green elie and 21 years old Jake Bennett. [SB Nation]

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