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Jamba smoothie chain coming to the House
Smoothie joint will join cafeteria options in the Longworth building

Photo courtesy of Jamba

A deal to bring the Jamba smoothie chain to the House side of the Capitol is “in the works,” according to the Office of the House Administrative Officer.

At an all-staff meeting Wednesday, Darnell Lee, deputy chief of human resources at the CAO, told the agency’s workforce that the smoothie chain would join the growing number of brand-name food offerings in the House.

Amtrak IG details Union Station security deficiencies
Report outlines car driving onto tracks, doors propped open, security guards not checking permits

Union Station has grave security vulnerabilities, according to a report by Amtrak’s inspector general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Security shortcomings at Amtrak’s second busiest station, Washington Union Station, have allowed an unauthorized car to drive onto the tracks and continue to leave the transportation hub and its patrons at risk, according to a report by Amtrak’s inspector general.

The report found that an entrance to Union Station is vulnerable to trespassers; interior doors are not secure; video surveillance cameras are not operational; and the company’s incident reporting process and radio limitations hamper the Amtrak police force’s response to security incidents at the station that served more than 5 million riders in the 2018 fiscal year.

D.C.'s Union Station Briefly Evacuated for Suspicious Package
Firefighters radioed for help after encountering something unusual; commuter swarm outside

Union Station in Washington was evacuated on Wednesday over a suspicious package.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Break-in at the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Man scales building and breaks window to enter

The suspect broke a window at the BLS to break into the building. (Katherine Scott/ CQ Roll Call)

Right beside Union Station and steps away from the Capitol, a man scaled the side of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and broke in by smashing a window.  

Monday's unauthorized entry was handled by Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Services who entered the building to find the individual on the floor, injured. He was taken to the hospital by emergency medical services and is now under investigation.  

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Stabbing Suspect at Union Station

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 8:43 p.m. Sunday | A stabbing at Union Station that resulted in shots fired put the area on edge Saturday night.  

"An off duty police officer intervened in a stabbing incident, shooting a suspect. Suspect is in custody," Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy wrote in an email at 9 p.m. Saturday night. MPD released more details about the incident Sunday evening. Around 8:15 p.m. Saturday, a woman was "slashed" with a knife by a man, identified as Rashad Bugg-Bey, 25, of Northeast D.C., just outside the Metro station's entrance on First Street Northeast. Inside the station area, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, who was not identified, saw the woman and man coming towards him.  

Joshua Bell Performs Do-Over Concert

A lot more people stopped to listen this time. (Clark Mindock / CQ Roll Call)


Joshua Bell’s 2007 violin-busking session in the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station is the ultimate urban metaphor, a reminder to keep an eye out for beauty in unexpected places.  

Missouri Senators Want to Rename Union Station for Harry Truman

Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., want to rename Union Station for President Truman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Washington, D.C., has no memorial or statue in the Capitol to honor President Harry S. Truman, who left office in 1953 as one of the most unpopular chief executives in history but whose legacy has been more than rehabilitated since then, with members of both parties grabbing for his legacy.  

So Missouri's senators want to honor the only man from their state to lead the nation by designating the District's most iconic train station the "Harry S. Truman Union Station."