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DC Delinquent Taxes Accepted Without Penalties Until September 30 at Midnight

Scofflaws who owe the District of Columbia delinquent taxes have until midnight tonight, Thursday, September 30, to clear the slate and take advantage of the tax amnesty which waives collection fees, penalties and fear of prosecution.

“If you have outstanding taxes with the District, this is your last chance to pay them without penalties and fees,” warned Stephen M. Cordi, deputy chief financial officer for the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).  “The last District amnesty was held in 1995, so it is likely to be some time before there is another opportunity.”

Employed individual tax debtors who do not take advantage of the amnesty should expect that additional money will be withheld from their paychecks beginning January 2011.

National Zoo Artificially Inseminates Asian Elephant

Veterinarians and animal care staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo conducted a series of artificial insemination procedures on Shanthi, a 34-year old Asian elephant, Sept. 19, 20, 21 and 22 with sperm from elephants from the Fort Worth Zoo and Tulsa Zoo. A successful pregnancy would be an important milestone in the Zoo’s commitment to Asian elephant conservation.

Scientists will monitor the level of the hormone progesterone in Shanthi’s blood. If concentrations remain elevated past 10 weeks after insemination, it most likely would mean she is pregnant, which would be confirmed by an ultrasound. An Asian elephant’s gestation period ranges from 20 to 22 months.

Shanthi gave birth to Kandula in 2001. He was the fifth elephant in the world conceived by artificial insemination.

Columbia Heights Neighborhood Fires Prompt Investigation, Authorities Seek Tips

This community notice comes to us from  Pete Piringer of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services (DC F&EMS):

Fire Investigators assigned to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services Department are seeking the assistance of the community in regards to several vehicle fires in the Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant areas. 

Between the dates of August 24, 2010 through this past weekend, September 26, 2010, there have been multiple vehicle fires across the city.  While some of the fires occurred in various quadrants of the City, a few car fires were reported in the vicinity of the Woodner Apartments in Northwest.

DC Water Work to Impact Traffic on Connecticut Avenue

The DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has informed the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that nighttime utility work has been scheduled beginning Thursday, September 23, 2010, and will require temporary lane closures on Connecticut Avenue between Calvert Street and Woodley Road.  The closures will be limited to off-peak hours, but traffic delays are still possible and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible.

DC Water says it will be installing a 24” storm drain pipe on Connecticut Avenue for the next 30 days, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.  The pipe installation is part of DC Water’s ongoing program to upgrade its infrastructure and improve service to customers.

During the construction, traffic on Connecticut Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Calvert Street and Woodley Road, and there will be no on-street parking available from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in those blocks.


50 States, 13 Colonies Bike Tour Rides Coming This Saturday

50 States and 13 Colonies Ride will be held this Saturday, September 25th.  The tour, presented by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, offers two courses:

  • The 50 State tour is a 60+ mile ride that goes all over the city, through all 8 wards.
  • The 13 Colonies Ride is a ride that is under 15 miles and travels throughout the 13 streets named after the original United States colonies.

Tthe cost of attending the event is $10 for WABA members and $15 for everyone else.   There are three scheduled stops on the routes, and there will even be lunch and a post-ride happy hour offered.  Check-in for both the races will begin at 8:00 am in Kalorama Park located at 1875 Columbia Road, NW.  The 50 States ride will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 13 Colonies ride will kick off at 9:00 a.m..

National Zoo Welcomes Three Lion Cubs To The World As 6-Year-Old Nababiep Gives Birth

The Smithsonian National Zoo has three more residents.  The Zoo's 6-year-old lion Nababiep gave birth to three cubs this morning, Wednesday, September 22nd.  Nababiep's delivery of the three cubs came just about three weeks after her 5-year-old sister, Shara, had four cubs of her own.

The father of the cubs, Luke, a 4-year-old lion, is also the father of Shara's cubs.

“We are very proud to play a role in the management of this important species,” said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. “I am thrilled that everyone can watch the cubs in the very early days of their lives via our webcam. I know visitors to the National Zoo will be excited to follow the cubs as they interact with the adults, play with one another and grow up.”

A video clip of the newest cubs is available on the Zoo’s YouTube page.

Maryland Woman Faces New Charges In Pedestrian's Death

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a woman accused of striking a pedestrian in Adams Morgan who later died with involuntary manslaughter.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says prosecutors amended charges against 23-year-old Chamica Adams of Mitchellville, Md., on Monday.

Police say Adams was driving south on 18th Street on Sept. 8 and was going to turn left onto Florida Avenue when her car went over the center island, striking two pedestrians. They say she then veered across the road into a restaurant.

One of the pedestrians, 26-year-old Julia Bachleitner of Austria died on Sept. 14.

Adams was first charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault. She now faces involuntary manslaughter in Bachleitner's death.

Adams' preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 28.