Local Scientists Are Researching How Microplastics Are Impacting the Potomac and Anacostia Watersheds

Even though microplastics have been found in waterways and other ecosystems around the country, they’re an understudied topic and it’s currently unclear just how many have accumulated in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers.

It was a gloomy Tuesday at National Harbor, with enough rainfall to soak your socks and render your eyeglasses useless. Save for a few rollicking ducks, few bothered to venture to the water’s edge on such a dreary day. Except for Jesse Meiller and J. Adam Frederick, that is. They crouched over a dock at the…

Weekend Roundup: Another Pedestrian Killed While Crossing the Street

Plus Trump hotel sale, Howard dorm floods, and Dave Thomas Circle redesign

Another pedestrian was killed while crossing a D.C. street. Nina Larson was struck by a driver as she crossed Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan Saturday. D.C. police say Larson was transported to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Larson’s mother, Matilde Larson, told the Washington Post that she “brought beauty to…

AlleyHop Series Invites Residents to Reimagine D.C.’s Alleys

Washington Alley Project pushes residents to see spaces differently with new viewfinders.

If an alley near your home could become anything you wanted, would you picture urban agriculture, mixed-use residential space, or a multi-use area? This was the question of the afternoon for attendees at the Washington Alley Project AlleyHop tour in Columbia Heights yesterday. The tours are part of an initiative to steep residents in the history…

Metro By the Numbers

A numerical look at what’s right and oh so wrong with WMATA.

The platform of the Columbia Heights Metro Station is packed during an evening rush hour in late October. The benches are so crowded people are sitting on the stairs. Many have removed their masks and don’t maintain appropriate social distance. When the arrivals board for Yellow Line trains switches from a number of minutes to…

Mendelson Notches Embarrassing Loss on Arts Commission Nominations

Medical marijuana, the McMillan development, and safe harbor for tenants dominated D.C. Council legislative meeting.

No surprise, medical marijuana was a hot topic at the D.C. Council legislative meeting yesterday. The Council unanimously approved a measure that extends the expiration date of medical marijuana cards from one year to two, doubles the legal amount someone can carry, and eases ID requirements. At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman and Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke…

Former DOES Employee Sues Agency For Hundreds of Hours of Unpaid Overtime

“This is definitely one of the most ironic cases I’ve had to file over the last decade.”

A former employee of the Department of Employment Services is suing the agency alleging he’s owed tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay for the extra time he spent on the clock during the pandemic. DOES is the very agency that maintains an Office of Wage-Hour Compliance tasked with recovering unpaid wages for employees…

Conflicting Vaccine Booster Information Proves Confusing in D.C.

Who is eligible? Who needs a booster? And what about that mu variant?

At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson has a lot of questions about upcoming changes to COVID-19 vaccines. How easy will it be for parents to make appointments when children ages 5 to 11 become eligible for vaccination as soon as next month? Why are local concerns about vaccine booster shots centered on potential access issues for unvaccinated…

LIVE: D.C. Council Roundtable on COVID and D.C. Schools

Follow along as Washington City Paper reports on what is discussed at today’s Committee of the Whole public roundtable

This afternoon the D.C. Council will host a roundtable on COVID and D.C. schools. Starting at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21, Washington City Paper Audience Growth & Engagement Editor Michelle Goldchain will report on the discussion between parents and other stakeholders about the experience of these first few weeks of in-person classes during the 2021-22…

Weekend News: J6 Rally Flops, Wendy’s Gets Evicted, and Vaccine Mandate for Schools

A support for insurrectionists flops with little fanfare.

Did you hear it? The distant thud that came from the National Mall this weekend? That was the Justice for J6 rally landing with an underwhelming meh.  The gathering began and ended with little fanfare Saturday. The right-wing rally was to support the hundreds of January 6 insurrectionists who have been charged for storming the…

How Food and Housing Insecurity Imprints on Young Brains in D.C.

Young D.C. residents who dealt with food and housing insecurity during the pandemic are still dealing with the consequences, even when more resources are available.

Long before the start of Fall 2021 classes were on anyone’s radar, caretakers, teachers, and other adults in children’s lives already had reason to fear that the kids were not alright. In D.C., food insecurity and housing instability, in addition to disruptions from their routines, the longtime isolation from peers, and the loss or illness…

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