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Writer W. Royal Stokes Returns to Washington for Jazz Forum at UDC

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The University of the District of Columbia welcomes jazz author, historian, radio personality, and critic W. Royal Stokes back to his home town for a special appearance on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 7-9 PM as part of the Jazz Forum series presented by UDC’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives.

The author of four books on jazz, Mr. Stokes is a D.C. native and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School who relocated to West Virginia four years ago after a long and productive career that included more than three decades in the Washington area. He will speak about his life and involvement in jazz as well as about the collection he recently donated to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, which consists of more than 2,000 books and 3,500 compact discs.

Parking Meter Relief?

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) - City Council Member Jack Evans wants to rollback the parking meter increase that was passed in Spring.

The Ward 2 representative is getting more complaints about the meters than any other issue. It costs $2 to park for one hour in premium parking zones. He wants to bring it back to when one dollar bought you an hour.

Evans said he also wants to allow for free parking after 6:30 pm. Currently, parking meter enforcement can dole out the expired meter tickets until 10pm in premium parking zones.

"I work around here and I see them giving out tickets all the time. It's outrageous and they're just preying on people like vultures," said JoAnn Slaight on a Friday night in Chinatown. "Last night at Massachusetts Avenue at 20 minutes before 10pm, I was going to my car and I saw a meter person giving out 10 tickets. "

Boo at the Zoo Returns to Woodley Park!

Trying to let the little ones milk Halloween for all its worth?  Why not celebrate the week before as well?

October 22-24, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. each day, the National Zoo will host their annual Boo at the Zoo event.  Kids get to walk through the National Zoo and go trick-or-treating, see animals, and experience spooky trails.

Tickets are required and you can get them at the Zoo's Visitor Center or online.

Tight Security at Young Man's Funeral

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Jamal "Punisher"Coates got the kind of security at his funeral that is normally reserved for Washington VIP's.

The 21 year old Adams Morgan resident was a member of the One-Seven crew that hung out at 17th and Euclid street. They had been beefing for years with another crew called G-Rod which hung out at 14th and Gerard, Northwest.

A member of the G-Rod crew is in jail charged with shooting and killing Coates last week as he left a funeral at 13th and U streets.

Police and community activists who work with the crews feared there could be more violence at today's gathering for Coates at King Emmanuel Baptist church.

Uniformed officers checked vehicles at road blocks, a couple blocks from the church.

Dogs trained to sniff out guns searched under cars and sniffed through crowds of mourners on the sidewalks. Police were also spotted on nearby roofs.

National Zoo’s Three Youngest Lion Cubs Appear Healthy and Strong

The story comes to us from the National Zoo:

At 2 weeks old, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s three African lion cubs born to 6-year-old Nababiep September 22 appear to be healthy, Zoo veterinarians said today, Wednesday, October 6, after completing the cubs’ first health exam.

“We’re happy to see that the cubs are growing and that each appears to be in good health,” said Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willott, supervisory veterinarian at the Zoo. “Naba has done a great job nursing them and we’ll continue to monitor their development.”

The veterinary team checked the cubs’ mouths and eyes, listened to their hearts and lungs and felt their bellies, but the animals are still too young to receive vaccines. The cubs weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.

Excite Your Palate at the Taste of Dupont!

Tonight, October 5, the Dupont Circle neighborhood will host "Taste of Dupont 2010".

Taste of Dupont showcases some of the community's most delicious food from some of its most popular restaurants.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Cafe Dupont
  • Darlington House
  • Firefly
  • Lupe
  • Urbana
  • And many more

Taste of Dupont gives foodies the opportunity to create their own meal, charging $5 for individual tasting tickets(or $20 for five tastings) that can be used at any one of the participating establishments.

The event will run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and tickets can be purchased on the Taste of Dupont website or at the Dupont Circle Resource Center(the brick building between P Street and Massachusetts Avenue), tonight starting at 5 p.m..

Planet Pet Opens its Doors on Florida Avenue

Planet Pet, a store that has spent the past 11 years in the 14th street corridor near U Street, opened its doors in its new location on Friday, October 1.

Planet Pet, formerly known as "Dogs by Day & GreenPets" and formerly located at 1722 and 1724 14th Street NW, now resides at 1711 Florida Avenue in NW.

Planet Pet will still offer services such as:

  • Pet daycare
  • Boarding
  • Retail
  • Grooming
  • And adoption support

While Planet Pet's website is currently under construction, you can contact them at 202-986-6301.