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Fear Keeps Mom From Funeral Of Friend

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A mother of two sons involved in a running and deadly feud between two groups of young people in Northeast Washington says she stayed away from a friend's funeral Wednesday because she feared she or her family would be killed by his rivals.

The mother, who does not want her identity revealed, says she received threatening phone calls over the weekend and decided not to attend services for 29-year-old Jamal "Punishment" Coates, who was shot to death after a funeral last week.

"It hurt me so much that I could not attend Jamal's funeral, Pun's funeral. I want to say Pun was like a son to me so I chose to (stay away) because of the threats that (were) coming to my home," she said.

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.

Let's Talk About Sex

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- For Howard University freshmen Jasmine Gordon and Andrea Davis their school year started with lots of anticipation and lots of condoms.

"They passed it out during freshman week because I guess they know that's a week where there's a lot of sexual activity going on," said Andrea Davis.

According to a study by Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health, more African American and Hispanic young men are using condoms. Researchers credit HIV/AIDS outreach in those communities.

But Tyree Young credits open discussions with his own friends. "the people I associate with use condoms," he said, "I'm not there with them but as far as our conversations they say they use condoms."

He said talking about S-E-X just isn't as taboo as it used to be. "I'm not ashamed, I'm not ashamed at all," he said.

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.

Shaw Main Streets Development Forum Addresses Howard Theatre, CityMarket Among Others

This story was sent to us by the office of Jack Evans, Ward 2 Councilman:

The annual Shaw Main Streets Development Forum was recently held at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, where developers presented updates on their projects, as well as plans for sites not previously presented to the community.  Shaw continues to see movement on several important neighborhood projects such as:

Police Make Arrest In U St. Shootings

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA/AP) -- Police made an arrest Tuesday night in connection with a double-shooting on U Street Northwest on Tuesday afternoon.

Have Your Voice Heard! Attend the Streetscape Design Project Meeting

The 14th Street, NW Streetscape Design Project has been something that the entire community has been keeping tabs on.  Now is your chance to chime in.

On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, the D.C. Department of Transportation will
host a public community meeting about the project. 

The Streetscape Design is focused on the area from Thomas Circle, up north to Florida Avenue.

The meeting, which will take place from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, will be held on the 2nd Floor of the Reeves Center, located at 2000 14th Street NW.

At the meeting, the Transportation Department will present its current design, a set-up that was created after public meetings that were held in 2009.