DCist is reporting there might have been another stabbing in/right outside of Malcolm X park. Police have apparently cordoned off part of 15th street because of blood on the sidewalk, apparently from a stabbing victim. Dear readers, I would go out and investigate but have you been outside? I nearly melted when I went out late this morning. More info as it comes out on the Internets.

UPDATE: A commenter to the DCist post has claimed to be a friend of the “late victim,” obviously intimating the supposed stabbing victim has died. This is from a commenter on DCist, not exactly the most trusted source of information, so take it with a grain of salt.

I’m shocked to read that, according to DCist, Mocha Hut has closed. It was one of my go to places to get breakfast on a weekend, and whenever I was there they always seemed to be crowded. I usually had trouble getting a table if I went in after 10 am.

DCist reports:

According to office staff at the Ellington apartment building, which shares their address, Mocha Hut’s owners had planned to stay open until the end of the month, and unexpectedly decided to close early. Another owner plans to take over the space in April. The new owners reportedly plan to keep the business as a coffee shop, though we don’t yet know what changes they might make to the space or the menu.

I’m sad. I hope the new coffee place is good, but I’m always going to have a place in my heart for Mocha Hut’s breakfasts. It had become a cherished weekend ritual to go there at least once during the weekend to get some breakfast.

DCist is liveblogging the Senate’s hearing on the DC voting rights bill right now. For those of us at work who can’t really follow on C-SPAN, this is helpful. I’ll be watching with baited breath, it’s such a travesty that DC residents have been denied their rights as US citizens for so long, and I do hope that the Senate will move to give Eleanor Holmes Norton the ability to vote in the House of Representatives. Sure, I’d like full representation, but it’s something.

The Senate will vote whether to discuss the bill around 11 am, and then may move to vote on the bill at 5 pm. I’m hoping for good news for DC residents.

Courtesy of dctourism (Flickr)

Courtesy of dctourism (Flickr)

DCist has the info on the “state” quarter image for DC.

Thank GOD it’s going to be Duke Ellington. He really represents what is great about this city, and I love that he grew up about 3 blocks away from me. He helped to make my neighborhood Black Broadway, and the jazz mecca it is today (don’t you love that even Sala Thai has a night with live jazz?). The other options were Benjamin Banneker (an astronomer, mathematician, and clockmaker) and Fredrick Douglass (a worthy choice, though he didn’t spend most of his life in DC, but rather my hometown of Boston).

Of course, I would have preferred an image that had “Taxation without Representation” but that’s a whole other post.

The quarters are set to be in circulation by January 26.