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TRUMP DEMANDS A WALL AT ANY COST 13 today’s pape r in sideAUGUST 29, 2019 | A PUBLICATION OFADVERTISEMENTADVANCE HERE. Take your degree anywhere.40+GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT JOHNS HOPKINS IN DCLEARN MORE ADVANCED.JHU.EDU ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMSW2 | EXPRESS | 08.29.2019 | THURSDAYADVANCE HERE. Take your career anywhere.PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:Communication Film & Media Liberal Arts Cultural Heritage Museum Studies WritingJOHNS HOPKINS IN DC 1717 MASSACHUSETTS AVE. NW, SUITE 101 WASHINGTON, DC 20036 1.800.847.3330 | 202.452.1940LEARN MORE AND APPLY ONLINE ADVANCED.JHU.EDU| READEXPRESS.COM | @WAPOEXPRESSChaos ahead U.K.’s Johnson gets OK to suspend Parliament weeks before Brexit 8Who (else) is minding your front door?Week 1 preview College football’s lack of polish is exactly what makes it fun 16Doorbell-camera firm Ring has quietly partnered with 400 police forces, extending their surveillance reach — and raising some thorny privacy and civil liberty concerns 11$12B settlementBEN CLAASSEN III (FOR EXPRESS)OxyContin maker is reportedly near a deal to end opioid suits 12RING AND GETTY IMAGES/EXPRESS ILLUSTRATIONA PUBLICATION OFThursday 08.29.19Follow her lead Our Staycationer lets you in on what she’s learned ‘visiting’ D.C. 24 am82 | 59pm2 | EXPRESS | 08.29.2019 | THURSDAYSEAN GALLUP (GETTY IMAGES)eyeopenersTANGLED WEB: A visitor interacts with an exhibit that reacts to human presence during a press preview Tuesday at the new Futurium museum in Berlin’s city center.IN CASE YOU COULDN’T GUESSHEAVEN FORFEND!EVERYONE NEEDS HOBBIESAlways helpful when they clarify that yes, ‘alcohol was involved’N.H.: ‘Live free, but not so free as to have a naughty license plate’We refuse, REFUSE to mock this sweet and wholesome pastimeA fight over a towel at a Sacramento, Calif., water park escalated to include 40 people and left a man hospitalized. Everest Robillard, chief of the Cal Expo Police Department, told The Sacramento Bee that police were called to Raging Waters at 3:30 p.m. Sunday to break up a fight between two families. Robillard says the feud started over a beach towel then grew to insults and profanity. He says alcohol was involved. (AP)A Rochester, N.H., woman is fighting the state Department of Motor Vehicles over her 15-yearold vanity license plate. reports Wendy Auger has been asked to surrender the plate, which reads “PB4WEGO.” The state says phrases related to excretory acts aren’t permitted. Auger is appealing. She asked: “Who has a mom or dad or parental figure who hasn’t said that to kids before leaving the house?” (AP)Hundreds of beer can collectors are in New Mexico for a “CANvention.” The Albuquerque Journal reports the Brewery Collectibles Club of America is scheduled today to start its three-day national gathering at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The club says the event attracts collectors from around the world who trade, buy and sell vintage and craft beer cans. It is a chance for those attending to sample beer from local brewers. (AP)Save up to 76% on home deliveryOthers cover stories. We uncover them.Get 52 weeks of Sunday-only home delivery for just $2.65 99¢ a week! Or 7-day home delivery for only $12.25 $2.99 a week! Home Delivery Subscription Includes: • One bonus digital subscription to share ($100/yr value) • Unlimited digital access to on any device • Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps • 30-day digital pass to share every month1-888-562-0102, Ext. 4 Offer expires 9/30/19. Available to new subscribers only. Restrictions may apply. New subscriptions are subject to a $4.95 activation fee.XPS0452 5x3THURSDAY | 08.29.2019 | EXPRESS | 3page threeIs panda diplomacy at risk? ANIMALS In light of the U.S.-China trade war, the giant pandas could take on a high political profile. The National Zoo’s beloved black-and-white bears, which have delighted Washingtonians for generations, often have been on the world stage. But next year, the extended 20-year Chinese lease of the two adults — Mei Xiang, a female, and Tian Tian, a male — will be up Dec. 7. The zoo said it has not started discussions with the Chinese about the lease and could not speculate on an outcome. And the U.S. political landscape by late 2020 is a mystery. “Our agreements are based on science surrounding the giant pandas,” zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said. “We’ve accomplished a lot over the last 40-plus years. Now both sides have to take a look at what the future science goals should be, and they go from there.” Chinese and American giant panda experts get on “exceptionally well,” she said.SKIP BROWN (SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL ZOO)U.S.-China trade war may imperil the animals’ future in WashingtonGiant panda Mei Xiang was sent from China to the National Zoo in 2000.The zoo’s only other giant panda, Bei Bei, who turned 4 on Aug. 22, is slated to be gone within the next few months. By prior agreement with the Chinese, all giant panda cubs born in U.S. zoos must be sent to a breeding program in China once they turn 4. Should giant pandas be caught up in relations between China and the United States, it would not be the first time. During World War II, China gave New York’s Bronx Zoo two“We’ve accomplished a lot over the last 40-plus years. Now both sides have to take a look at what the future science goals should be.” PAMELA BAKER-MASSON, the National Zoo’s spokeswoman, on the future of the panda programpandas in gratitude for American war relief. Then in February 1972, at a dinner in Beijing, first lady Patricia Nixon told Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai how fond she was of giant pandas, and Zhou said he would give the U.S. some. The offer of the pandas was part of a historic thaw in U.S.-China relations. That April, China gifted the United States two young giant pandas: Ling-Ling, a female, and Hsing-Hsing, a male. The pandas were a delight for more than two decades, drawing millions of visitors and putting the animal on par with cherry blossoms as a symbol of Washington. Ling-Ling died in 1992, and Hsing-Hsing died in 1999. In 2000, China sent the zoo Mei Xiang and Tian Tian on a 10-year, $10 million lease. In 2011 and 2015, additional deals were reached to keep the pandas in Washington. Mei Xiang has birthed three surviving cubs: the males Tai Shan and Bei Bei, and the female Bao Bao. Tai Shan was born July 9, 2005, and now lives in China. Bao Bao was born Aug. 23, 2013, and was moved to China in 2017. MICHAEL E. RUANE (THE WASHINGTON POST)DININGPizzeria Paradiso aids D.C. statehood with pie Pizzeria Paradiso will soon offer a “DC Statehood” pizza topped with chili and half-smokes, Washington City paper food editor Laura Hayes tweeted on Wednesday. The pizza will go on sale Sept. 17 and a percentage of sales will benefit DC Vote, an organization that works for D.C. statehood. (EXPRESS)THROWBACK THURSDAY08.30.2017A look back at Express covers from this week in history:Hurricane Harvey inundated Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, with rain, leaving as much as 30% of the county underwater. At least 107 people died in incidents related to the hurricane.4 | EXPRESS | 08.29.2019 | THURSDAYlocalAgencies failed to act before home caught fireVIRGINIA BEACHTop official leaves post over handling of shootingPolice officer reported safety and legal issues months before fatalities77%D.C. unveils safe bike lanes on Florida Ave. SALWAN GEORGES (THE WASHINGTON POST)THE DISTRICT A D.C. police officer notified two city agencies that a rowhouse appeared to be illegally rented months before two tenants died in a fire, but his warnings of “life safety violations” went largely unheeded, city administrator Rashad Young said Tuesday. Young said an inspector with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs visited 708 Kennedy St. NW three times after getting the complaint in March but could not enter. Young said the inspector sent a letter to the owner but took no further action. He said fire department inspectors failed to act on complaints about the rowhouse, which lacked a permit for rentals. Fitsum Kebede, 40, who came to the United States from Ethiopia more than a decade ago, and his son Yafet Solomon, 9, described as one of the “brightest stars” at Barnard Elementary School, died after being pulled from the burning house on Aug. 18. “It is clear that our agencies should have done more to better protect our residents,” Young said. An independent audit is being conducted to uncover flaws and fix them, officials said, and a total of four employees from both agencies have been put on leave. The officer had responded toPEDESTRIAN SAFETYA father and son died after their home in Northwest D.C. burned Sunday.the house for a landlord-tenant dispute. He wrote in a report that the building appeared to be an unlicensed rooming house and had potential fire code violations. Sunday’s fire started in the basement of the house in Brightwood Park. Kebede died the same day as the fire; Yafet died two days later. Investigators have not determined the fire’s cause. Officials said the U.S. attorney’s office has launched a criminal investigation. DCRA officials had initially said inspectors had never gone to the property because no complaints were filed. But officials said on Tuesday that they subsequently searched for emailsand records listing that address and found several from the police officer. D.C. Mayor MuSolomon riel Bowser, D, on Wednesday expressed confidence in DCRA. Asked if she was satisfied with her government’s handling of the matter, she replied “no” but showed support for agency director Ernest Chrappah. “I think [he] has already put in some better management practices so that the employees and communications among our agencies have backstops and checks,” Bowser said. PETER HERMANN (THE WASHINGTON POST)The D.C. Department of Transportation on Wednesday morning unveiled safety improvements to nine blocks of Florida Avenue in Northeast, according to a WTOP report. The upgrades include two adjacent protected bike lanes on the street’s south side, as well as new signals and signs, and rubber parking stops to prevent vehicles from crossing into bike lanes. The D.C. Council pushed the city to urgently address safety on the street, near Gallaudet University, after a cyclist died there in April. A pedestrian also died on Florida Avenue in 2013. The city is working on permanent improvements to the corridor, which are currently in the design phase, according to WTOP. Construction is set to start in spring 2021. (EXPRESS)SUPPORT FOR CONSTRUCTION LAW ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGEThe percentage of D.C. residents who said in a new survey that they support legal restrictions on construction in areas with a high risk of disruption driven by climate change, according to a Curbed report. The Zillow survey of homeowners consulted 10,000 homeowners and renters in 20 major U.S. cities. D.C. tied with New York for the city with the most support for such a law. Asked whether they think climate change will affect their homes and communities “a great deal” or “somewhat” in their lifetimes, 52% of D.C.-area residents said yes. (EXPRESS)expresslineD.C. cyclist gets three years in prison for using bike lock to beat man in GeorgetownA top official in Virginia Beach has resigned following criticism of the city’s response to a mass shooting in its municipal offices. David Hansen, who oversaw day-to-day affairs as city manager, stepped down almost three months to the day after a city employee opened fire on colleagues, killing 12. Some victims’ families had criticized Hansen, saying he has been slow to offer shooting updates. (TWP) BALTIMORE COUNTYDOJ sues over racial bias in police hiring practices A Justice Department lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Baltimore County of discriminating against black applicants for police officer positions. It claims the county’s use of written examinations led to hiring fewer black applicants as entry-level officers and cadets than it would with a “non-discriminatory screening device.” (AP) CRYSTAL CITY, VA.Man and woman die in office building shooting A man shot a woman and was shot himself at an office building in Crystal City just before noon Wednesday, according to police. The male suspect and female victim knew each other, police said. They would not offer details on who shot the suspect. The shooting took place at 1550 Crystal City Drive. (TWP) MARYLANDFive report lung illness after vaping recently Maryland’s health department is investigating five cases of severe lung illness in people who became ill after vaping in the last two months. The department said Wednesday the patients reported respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and pain associated with breathing and coughing. The cases showed no clear infectious cause, and all required hospitalization. (AP)Two men found shot to death in car Tuesday in Prince George’s CountyTHURSDAY | 08.29.2019 | EXPRESS | 57/26/179/29/19 10/10/19 5HYLHZVDVRI9/29/19 6 | EXPRESS | 08.29.2019 | THURSDAYlocal‘If I can do it, so can you’ Three specialists at D.C. libraries apply experience with homelessness to help patrons Montgomery County eyes Amazon facilityRenee Hines prepares to greet library patrons experiencing and human services to help the city’s 25 libraries better serve the city’s roughly 6,500 homeless residents. Early last year, she pulled three “peer specialists,” including Hines, from D.C.’s Department of Behavioral Health, which hires people who have dealt with homelessness and other challenges to apply those experiences to supporting others. Badalamenti estimates the library system’s specialists have helped between 10 and 15 homeless residents secure transitional or permanent housing, and 30 more clients have gone to shelters. Hines can rattle off her personal tally with pride: one in permanent housing, two in rapid rehousing, two in transitional housing, three in shelters and three in drug treatment programs. She and her colleagues also help clients secure or renew their ID cards, access substance abuse and mental health services, andCoverage blitz today Express is one of eight D.C.-based news outlets dedicating coverage today to issues of homelessness in the nation’s capital. Visit online for more local reporting.get around with the help of preloaded SmarTrip cards. “My first day it was like, Wow, I can give them something to look forward to,” Hines said. According to a city report in May, 6,521 adults and 815 families lack housing. The peer program aims to serve those groups, but its scope is limited. Northwest One, for instance, doesn’t have a private office for the specialists, so they meet with clients in the open. Funding is tight too. The program this year got $91,000 from the city — enough to pay specialists $570 per week for 30 hours of work. Badalamenti hopes the D.C.Man, 50, charged with being a peeping Tom at Macy’s department store in Springfield, Va.Council will allot funds to expand the team and make Hines and colleagues full-time employees. Badalamenti has seen indications of the program’s growth. Libraries’ public safety employees have begun referring patrons to Hines and her colleagues. Badalamenti has fielded requests from other libraries for visits from the peer specialists. Last Wednesday, Hines met with Leonard, a frequent visitor. He’s been homeless for a year, and has recently taken to scouting Craigslist and walking the streets looking for housing. Hines started seeing Leonard last year, when he saw a flyer about her at the Shaw Library. He said he’s been keeping busy with volunteering and computer classes. “I don’t want to be sitting around watching closedcaptioned TV,” he said. Hines reminded him of one of their early conversations: “Like I told you at the beginning: It’s a process.” MARK LIEBERMAN (EXPRESS)MARK LIEBERMAN (EXPRESS)THE DISTRICT On a recent Wednesday, Renee Hines sat in D.C.’s Northwest One Library near Mount Vernon Triangle, ready to greet people experiencing homelessness who had lined up to see her. Their challenges are familiar to Hines. She started abusing alcohol and drugs, including cocaine and heroin, at 14. She was arrested a handful of times for drug possession and theft. After her most recent arrest in 1999, a judge sent her to a drug treatment program, where she got clean. She stayed that way until 2006, when she broke her leg in a car accident and got addicted to pain medications. She was homeless for more than a year, sleeping in her car for much of 2012 to 2014. Today, thanks to substance abuse and mental health counseling, Hines is clean and living in an apartment in Southeast D.C.’s Marshall Heights neighborhood. “I’m 56 years old,” Hines said. “I started getting my life together at 52.” To her clients, she repeats often, “If I can do it, so can you.” Hines is one of three peer outreach specialists who fan out across 11 D.C. libraries each week to connect the city’s most vulnerable residents to programs and services, and to lend a friendly face and sympathetic ear. Some homeless visitors to the library, or outdoor spaces nearby, regularly seek her counsel and refer her to their friends. Others are more reticent, or don’t realize they could use help. Hines simply greets them until they open up — however long it takes. “I’m just trying to have a conversation,” Hines said. In 2014, the D.C. Public Library system hired Jean Badalamenti as assistant manager ofMARYLAND Montgomery County has expressed interest in a massive Amazon warehouse after the tech giant announced last week that it would not be located in Prince George’s County, officials said Wednesday. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, D, revealed at a virtual town hall with residents on Monday that he was reaching out to Amazon about its plans to relocate the fulfillment center. Ohene Gyapong, Elrich’s spokesperson, added that the executive is “interested in understanding Amazon’s needs to see if there’s a match.” Amazon declined to confirm or deny Elrich’s comments. Officials in Prince George’s County first indicated in July that Amazon was planning to build a giant logistics and supply center in Upper Marlboro, not far away from its new headquarters planned for Northern Virginia. But last week, following public meetings where residents expressed their opposition, Amazon announced that it was no longer considering the Prince George’s Westphalia subdivision. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and Express.) Several Montgomery Council members on Wednesday said they support efforts to bring jobs, but added that they were waiting until details were available. REBECCA TAN (THE WASHINGTON POST)Police say death of 3-year-old girl found unconscious in Southeast D.C. was homicideTHURSDAY | 08.29.2019 | EXPRESS | 7august 2019A MESSAGE FROM METRO GM/CEOMETRO’S SUMMER MILESTONESPAUL J. WIEDEFELD We’ve been hard at work to improve your commute this summer. Not only have we added more service at a dozen stations on the Red, Green and Yellow lines; we also reduced the price of several pass products and added unlimited Metrobus riders to all Metrorail passes. On this page you’ll find several improvements and other good news that may not have crossed your radar during the busy summer season.SAFETY •Reconstructed six outdoor station platforms as part of the three-year Platform Improvement Project that will improve safety, accessibility and the overall customer experience•All 1,500 Metrobuses have been retrofitted with shields that protect operators and help reduce conflicts•Expanded underground cell service to nearly 70 percent of Metro’s tunnels and free customer Wi-Fi at all 91 Metro stations•Received the 2019 Gold Rail Security Award from the American Public Transportation AssociationThanks for riding Metro!SERVICE •Ninety percent of all rus
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