The long-delayed project to remove the temporary security measures around the Federal Courthouse in Carlyle and install new, more permanent security measures will be starting next week. See the video above from the May 2012 meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) where the NCPC gives its approval for the project. Starting at approx. 5:09 in the video, the presenter goes over the plans for the Courthouse.

Some of the improvements include:

  • Removal of jersey barriers around the Courthouse
  • The installation of garden walls and secure bollards around the site.
  • The movement of existing parking spaces from Jamieson Ave to Elizabeth Lane.
  • The reopening of Courthouse Square to one-way traffic.
    • This includes pop-up bollards on Courthouse Square which can be popped up in case of an event at the Courthouse.

Details on the construction from the Carlyle Community Council:

Effective Thursday, March 23rd, Jamieson Avenue will be PARTIALLY CLOSED allowing only one-way traffic heading westbound on Jamieson by the Courthouse construction site.  Traffic from Mill Road headed eastbound for Jamieson Avenue will be diverted.  Eastbound drivers can turn on Elizabeth Lane off of Eisenhower Avenue or continue on Eisenhower Avenue to John Carlyle Street or Holland Lane. Reportedly, this traffic plan will be in effect for the duration of the project, estimated to be completed in the early fall.

The City has directed the general contractor to put a message board at the corner of Mill and Jamieson Ave starting Monday about the one way traffic.

Albert Bryan Courthouse Alexandria, Virginia

This back and forth is going to go on for a long time.

Via WaPo

The Washington Redskins filed a motion late Friday defending their lawsuit in federal court against a group of Native Americans over the team’s trademark protections.

The motion argues that the Redskins chose the right courthouse to file their lawsuit and the correct set of plaintiffs to sue in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., possibly the team’s last legal recourse to salvage its federal trademark protections.

The Redskins’ filing is a response to a motion to dismiss the case made last month by the five Native Americans who won a decision by the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The board found in June that the team’s name and logos are disparaging to American Indians and scheduled the Redskins’ trademark protections to be stripped. Since that decision, the Redskins have been able to keep the trademarks while the team makes its appeal.

In an effort to reverse the trademark board’s decision, the Redskins filed a lawsuit against the Native Americans. But last month, the defendants, led by Amanda Blackhorse, a member of the Navajo Nation, argued in their motion to dismiss that the Redskins do not have the legal right to sue them because they are not “parties in interest” who can be targeted in a trademark case based on federal law.

Read more at this link.

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