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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:17 a.m.

City Hall sells for almost $80 million

City Hall, a former residence hall, sold for about $80 million. Hatchet file photo

City Hall, a former residence hall, sold for about $80 million. Hatchet file photo

Updated: June 22, 2016 at 4:26 p.m.

The owners of City Hall sold the building for more than $78 million last month, just in time for the end of GW’s 15-year lease on the former residence hall.

The owners of the building, 24th and K Street Associates LLC, sold the property to Durant Berkeley Partners LLC in May, according to Washington Business Journal.

The $78 million selling price places the value of the 197 two-person units at about $397,000 each. Nearly 380 students, mostly upperclassmen and transfer students, lived in the residence hall during the 15 years GW leased the building.

The building was previously the St. James Suites in the 1980s, a hotel for short-term corporate housing.

The end of the lease arrives in time for the opening of District House in the fall. The new residence hall will offer nearly 900 beds and include five restaurants in the fall.

This post has been updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that District House will have more than 800 rooms. The building will offer nearly 900 beds. We regret this error.

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More than 45 faculty members and researchers contributed to a new anesthesiology review book, according to a University release.

Jeffrey Berger, the associate dean for graduate medical education and an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, co-edited and published the 2016 review book for anesthesiology residents, according to the release.

The new book, “Anesthesiology Core Review: Part Two Advanced Exam,” is for anesthesiology residents who take the board certification exam at the end of residency training. Berger co-edited the book with Brian Freeman, the program director and an associate professor in the department of anesthesiology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

“To have an organized, alphabetical, quick resource when studying for a major exam is very valuable,” Berger said in the release. “We envision this being used in conjunction with other resources, like a question bank or online learning modules.”

Most authors are from the D.C. area and work at Children’s National Health System, Georgetown University Medical Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

After the board review exam changed in 2013, the editors were inspired to create a study resource tailored to the new format.

“As the program director for the anesthesiology residency program at Georgetown, I immediately knew I wanted to work with Dr. Berger, the program director for the anesthesiology residency program at the George Washington University, to see if we could put together a high-quality study material for trainees around the country,” Freeman said in the release.

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The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will beautify the K Street Gateway, according to a release.

Solo artists or teams can submit designs for a permanent work of art that will be installed on the 2100 block of K Street near Washington Circle, according to the release. The project aims to beautify the space and make it feel more accessible to residents, pedestrians and visitors.

“Pedestrian and vehicular traffic from K Street or Washington Circle greets visitors with a combination of asphalt, metal and cement that does not reflect the vibrant character of the neighborhood,” according to the release.

Up to five semi-finalists may be selected and offered a $4,000 stipend to create a site-specific proposal. The selected artist will have a total $480,000 budget to produce the work.

Professional artists and teams from anywhere in the U.S. can apply before the June 24 deadline, but preference will be given to local artists, according to the release.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:14 p.m.

22-year-old man stabbed on 25th and I streets

Updated: June 17, 2016 at 5:49 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writers Robin Eberhardt and Catherine Moran.

A 22-year-old man was stabbed early Wednesday morning at 25th and I streets and taken to GW Hospital, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

The victim reported to the Metropolitan Police Department that he was “accosted” by an unknown man after he left a party, according to the report. He told police that he remembers “feeling a sharp pain in his side” and passing out on the sidewalk in front of a townhouse at 2520 I Street, according to the report.

The stabbing occurred at 3:37 a.m., according to an alert MPD sent Wednesday morning.

A person unknown to police called the victim’s cousin on the victim’s phone. The victim’s cousin arrived and found him “covered in blood,” according to the report.

Thinking he fell down, the cousin took the victim back to his house. The cousin observed “deep lacerations” to the victim’s abdomen, side, chest and left arm, and he took the victim to the GW Hospital, according to the report.

University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said in an email Wednesday that MPD did not notify the University about the incident, and the University Police Department did not respond. The University did not issue an alert about the stabbing.

This post was updated to not include the name of the person who reported the crime.

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Luther Brady, a Board of Trustees member and two-time alumnus, will be inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine, BusinessWire reported Wednesday.

Brady is recognized for his work in oncology, and he will travel to Madrid on June 22 to accept his title as an Extraordinary International Academic Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.

Brady currently serves as the Director of Medical Research at Philadelphia CyberKnife, an oncology radiation therapy center that he founded.  He is also a faculty member in the department of radiation oncology at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

The Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine is just the latest to honor Brady, who has received more than 30 medals throughout his career, according to BusinessWire.

Brady has contributed to the University’s art collection, donating several pieces to campus, and the second floor art gallery in the Media and Public Affairs building is named for him.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:27 p.m.

Clinton, Gray come out on top in primaries

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at Lisner Auditorium last June, won D.C.'s Democratic primary Tuesday. File Photo by Desiree Halpern | Senior Staff Photographer

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at Lisner Auditorium two years ago won D.C.’s Democratic primary Tuesday. Hatchet file photo.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the final contest of the 2016 primary season in D.C. Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported.

With about 80 percent of the vote in, Clinton was ahead of challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., by nearly 50,000 votes, capturing 78.7 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 21 percent.

The A.P. called the race for Clinton shortly after 8:30 p.m., a little more than 30 minutes after polls closed.

Clinton had already secured the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination with primary victories in four states last Tuesday, making the District’s primary largely meaningless in determining the nominee.

Sanders, who previously committed to remaining in the race until after the D.C. primary, planned to meet with Clinton Tuesday night, NBC News reported.

District voters also cast ballots Tuesday in contested Democratic city council primaries in Wards 4, 7 and 8, as well as an at-large seat.

Two years after losing his re-election bid, former District mayor and GW alumnus Vincent Gray won the Ward 7 council Democratic primary, according to the A.P. He was ahead of incumbent Yvette Alexander 60 percent to 33 percent with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting.

Gray lost to now-Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2014 as his administration was embroiled in a campaign finance scandal.

Ward 2 Council member Jack Evens, who represents Foggy Bottom, ran unopposed in his Ward 2 primary.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:10 p.m.

GW libraries to receive Corcoran archives

The Corcoran board of trustees donated the institution’s collection of archives – documents covering nearly 150 years of D.C. cultural history – to GW’s libraries this month, according to a release.

The archives include about 2,000 boxes of historical documents, drawings, posters, photographs and ledgers and have been unavailable to researchers for almost a decade due to lack of funding.

Geneva Henry, the dean of libraries and academic innovation, said in the release that the University has been “excited” about receiving the archives since the merger was announced in February 2014.

“The Corcoran is an iconic organization with a rich history and these archives tell the story of not only the arts, but of the city of Washington, D.C.,” Henry said. “Access to them is highly anticipated. We have been fielding research requests and the availability of the archives will now provide fascinating insight for researchers into the Corcoran.”

The archives tell the story of the Corcoran from its founding in 1869 until the merge with GW. They will be available to the public through Gelman Library’s Special Collections Research Center, according to the release.

Sanjit Sethi, the director of the Corcoran School of Art and Design, said in the release that obtaining the archives is significant to the Corcoran’s evolution at GW.

“These archives are part of our living history,” Sethi said in the release. “In these boxes lies a history that can be activated by students, faculty, researchers and community members. People who take the time to decipher, analyze and interpret this information can both gain valuable insight into a remarkable institution and help shape the Corcoran’s future.”

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A former GW Hospital nurse was found guilty of three counts of sexually abusing female patients at three D.C. hospitals, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Jurors in the D.C. Superior Court found Jared Kline, 38, guilty of abusing three female patients while they were not fully conscious because of medication and pain. Kline allegedly committed the crimes while he was a nurse at GW Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center and United Medical Center between 2013 and 2014.

The patients accused Kline of inappropriately touching them while he was performing his nurse duties. One woman said Kline kissed her and massaged her under her hospital gown while she was a patient at United Medical Center. Another woman said Kline touched her buttocks and placed her hand on his erect penis when she was in a hospital for a migraine, according to The Washington Post.

Kline’s attorney, Nikki Lotze, said in court that the actions Kline is being accused of were accidental. Kline said in the past that the women mistakenly thought he was aroused because he is “well-endowed” and a “pretty lucky white guy.”

The jury acquitted Kline of three of the counts and rebuffed some of the women’s accusations, according to The Post. They could not reach a decision on four of the counts.

Kline could face a maximum two to five years in prison for each of the women he allegedly abused. He will have another court hearing June 28 to determine whether or not he should be tried on the four counts that the jury couldn’t reach a decision on, The Post reported.

The jury acquitted Kline on three accusations against him and were not able to come to a decision on another four counts, The Post reported. Earlier this year, Kline was acquitted from sexual abuse charges in Prince George’s County for alleged sexual abuses at Bowie Health Center in 2014, according to The Post.

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Builders at the construction site at 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue, also known as Square 75, will begin controlled blasting activities starting in mid-June, according to a University alert.

Based off weather and soil conditions, the blasts will happen once daily during weekdays, either between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m. These blasts will last for approximately six weeks to three months, according to the alert.

“Controlled blasting activities are common in D.C. where rock formations lie near the surface,” the alert said.

The development firm Skanska is leading the multi-million dollar construction project, converting the former offices, restaurants and university buildings into an 11-story office building with retail and restaurant space. The area was previously home to Froggy Bottom Pub and Thai Place, popular restaurants for students that have since moved locations.

The blasts, which the alert said are comparable to “a door slamming or a large truck,” will cause limited sound and vibration in the area for a few seconds, and will be noticeable to individuals within a few blocks of the construction site.

An air horn, which the release compared to the noise of an ambulance, will sound at 15, five and one minute before the blast, and once immediately afterwards to indicate “all clear.”

At the sound of the horn, the release said individuals should follow directions from site personnel and signs around the area. The sidewalks adjacent to the site will be closed to pedestrian traffic during the blasts. Pennsylvania Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets will also be closed to non-emergency vehicles during blasts.

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GW had the twelfth highest number of reported rapes in 2014 at 23, according to an analysis of more than 1,300 colleges by the Washington Post. But when those reported rapes are broken down to rapes per 1,000 students at an institution, GW’s rate is about .9 reported rapes per 1,000 students – higher than many others on the list, but lower than about 230 other colleges and universities.

That rate matches 33 other institutions, including American University. The information comes from data colleges are required to report under the federal Clery Act and covers only reports on main campuses, not on satellite campuses. The data also does not include reports made to entities outside of the colleges, like D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and other police.

GW has the most reported rapes out of the D.C. area colleges, followed by Gallaudet, Georgetown and American universities all with 12 reported rapes in 2014. Howard University had six reported rapes and Catholic University had five reported rapes. The University of the District of Columbia reported no rapes.

In terms of reported rapes per 1,000 students, GW and American University are lower than Gallaudet University, which has 8.9 reported rapes per 1,000 students. Georgetown and Catholic universities both had 0.7 reported rapes per 1,000 students and Howard University had 0.6 reported rapes per 1,000 students.

In the past, officials and experts have said that a higher rate of reporting sexual abuse on campus is likely caused by more accessible campus resources and a changing culture that supports survivors seeking assistance.

Last year an alumnus sued the University for mishandling her allegations of sexual harassment and violating Title IX.

In 2011, the University changed its sexual assault policy, distinguishing the discipline protocol for sexual assault offenders from those who committed other prohibited acts of violence. Officials created new rules for dealing with sexual assault on campus, and reassessed the responsibilities of the Title IX coordinator.

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