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As predicted, several people who attended last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner are testing positive for COVID-19. The list includes Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, and reporter Jada Yuan who covered the dinner for the Post. Karl was sitting next to Kim Kardashian and her date Pete Davidson, Politico reports, and shook hands with President Biden during the event. Biden tested negative Tuesday, according to Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
In other COVID news:
• The Federal Drug Administration delivered another blow to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Due to the potential risk of rare but serious blood clots, the FDA is limiting the J&J vaccine to adults who can’t receive the Pfizer or Moderna versions.
• The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 15 million more people died during the pandemic than would have been expected during normal times. That figure on “excess deaths” is far above the total worldwide death estimate of about six million because it includes people who died due to indirect effects of COVID such as an overwhelmed healthcare system.
• Hospitalizations due to COVID are up about 20 percent across the United States over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations in D.C. have remained steady in that timeframe, though the weekly figures show an increase of 38 percent.
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- The Secret Service arrested a suspect involved in a car crash early this morning. [WTOP]
- Recent Georgetown Law School controversies expose alleged issues around free speech, Islamophobia, and anit-Semitism. [Post]
- D.C. Circulator bus drivers’ union reached a tentative contract agreement yesterday after months-long talks and a multi-day strike this week. [DCist]
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- Mayor Muriel Bowser, At-Large Councilmember Robert White, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White sparred in their first debate in several weeks, clashing on mayoral control of schools and the police budget (familiar topics in this campaign). [DCist]
- The Metropolitan Washington Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, one of D.C.’s leading union organizations, sticks mainly with incumbents in its latest primary endorsements: Bowser, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau all got nods. The group picked Zachary Parker in Ward 5, but declined to endorse anyone in the at-large race, or in the open races for the Ward 3 seat and attorney general post. [DC Labor]
- D.C.’s Office of Unified Communications is facing more scrutiny as additional evidence emerges that it bungled a recent 911 call that led to a man’s death in the Washington Channel. [STATter911]
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- Union Kitchen’s Eckington location is banning students from nearby McKinley Tech High School and Middle School—unless they’re accompanied by an adult—after claiming students have stolen thousands of dollars in merchandise. [WJLA]
- Where to find Michelin Star restaurants and Bib Gourmands in D.C. [Washingtonian]
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- The Smithsonian will allow shared ownership of items and the return of objects for ethical reasons, according to a new policy that took a year to put in place. Each museum will craft its own procedures on how to do such work. [Post]
- Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill that will require public school teachers to notify parents if assigned books are deemed “sexually explicit.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]
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