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Indigenous Climate Activists Protest At White House

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the District, Native Americans from across the country descended on downtown D.C. Hundreds of protesters from multiple tribes gathered outside the White House to plead for the declaration of a climate emergency.

“We are going to put our bodies on the line there,” Ponca Nation tribal elder Casey Camp-Horinek told the Washington Post, “If we have to be arrested in order to call attention to what the crisis is and that we need a climate emergency declared, we’ll do that.” The Secret Service ended up arresting protesters who wouldn’t vacate Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The Native Americans were joined by other demonstrators for the People vs. Fossil Fuels protest. They called on the Biden administration to take drastic action to prevent a prospective climate catastrophe.

A Father Speaks Out

Tyrone Belton and his daughters left for school last Wednesday like any other day. Then a driver of a Jeep hit all three of them as they walked in a crosswalk at Mississippi Avenue SE and Wheeler Road SE in Congress Heights. On National Walk To School Day, no less—a turning motorist hit Belton and his daughters, Faith, 8, and Heavyn, 6. Belton told WUSA9 they waited for the pedestrian lights before crossing.

“That was one of the most scariest things of my life because I literally thought my kids were dead because they wasn’t even moving,” Belton said. He broke his ankle, and Faith broke her leg. Heavyn is going to need several surgeries to her face following the collision. That’s not counting the therapy Belton says they need. If you would like to donate to the family’s GoFundMe, here is a link.

The driver was arrested at the scene. Heavyn and Faith were the third and fourth children to be hit by a driver in a one-month span.

Wage Woes

Do you feel like you’re underpaid? You’re not alone. A new study reports 50 percent of D.C. professionals believe they aren’t getting paid what they’re worth. The newly released 56th annual Salary Guide, created with the Department of Labor, also found a third of D.C. workers would consider abandoning their job if they don’t get a raise by the end of this year.

This comes on the cusp of what’s being dubbed “The Great Resignation.” After 20 months of a pandemic, employees are increasingly likely to quit their jobs.

Bailey Vogt (tips? bvogt@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Local skater helps his daughter conquer a skateboard trick on Freedom Plaza [Twitter]
  • Do you have an evil laugh? The Petworth library is accepting submissions until Oct. 15. [PetworthNews]

By Ambar Castillo and Bailey Vogt (tips? acastillo@washingtoncitypaper.com and bvogt@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Vincent Orange still isn’t done. [Axios]
  • Nathan Flemming and Ambrose Lane Jr. are challenging At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds. [Post]
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  • AG Karl Racine won’t seek re-election or run for mayor in 2022. [Post]
  • ICYMI: Prosecutors charge most arrests for violent crimes, they tell Colby King, undercutting chief’s, mayor’s rhetoric. [Post]

By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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Lydia Serving Afro-Caribbean Food and Cocktails Begins Its Debut in December

Victor Chizinga will use every square inch of his first restaurant and bar coming to […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations Come With Mixed Emotions for Restaurant Workers

Last year, Jessie Marrero and Lou Bernard quietly celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, which spans from […]

  • minibar is reopening and it’s no longer the most expensive restaurant in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • SakuSaku sells French-Japanese pastries out of a Cleveland Park restaurant. [Eater DC]
  • Try Sengalese food like dibi lamb at Koite Grill in Silver Spring. [Post]
  • The New York Times names Thip Khao and Cane as two exciting restaurants in America. [New York Times]

By Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

City Lights: Drawn to Art Pays Homage to Women Visionaries

Last year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum tasked ten burgeoning women illustrators from Ringling College […]

  • An interview with the person behind @punkhousedc. [730DC]
  • The Kennedy Center and its stagehands union came to an agreement and avoided a strike; Hadestown will continue as scheduled. [Post]
  • Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny have written a new thriller together. [Washingtonian]

By Emma Sarappo (tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jon Gruden resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach, and the Washington Football Team’s former president, Bruce Allen, played a role. On Monday, the New York Times reported that the two exchanged emails in which Gruden reportedly made racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments. [New York Times
  • Northern Virginia native Keira D’Amato finished in fourth place at the Chicago Marathon, while Nell Rojas, the winner of the 2021 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, was sixth at the Boston Marathon. [Runner’s World, USATF.org]
  • Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is “very frustrated” with the team’s performance so far as Washington drops to 2-3 after losing to the New Orleans Saints, 33-22. [ESPN]
  • The Caps’ 2020 first-round draft pick Hendrix Lapierre will be on the opening night roster after an impressive training camp. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

By Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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