The Anacostan Tribe Once Lived on the Land Now Known As D.C.

Despite a dearth of archaeological research in D.C., developers have stumbled on artifacts throughout the past few hundred years.

November is National Native American Heritage Month—celebrating the culture, history, and societies that once called America home. That home includes the land now occupied by D.C. The Anacostan tribe settled along the banks of the Anacostia River. About 300 people, of the originally named Nacotchtanks, created a trading village in present day D.C. Dr. Matt…

Weekend Rundown: Thanksgiving Vibes and Mask Mandate Lifts

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Mayor Bowser’s decision to relax D.C.’s mask mandate creates “an extra degree of risk.”

Thanksgiving vibes were here by the boxload last weekend. Turkey trots such as the one at Marine Corps Base Quantico drew runners for a calorie-torching race before the holidays. Volunteers with DMV-area organizations such as Project GiveBack gathered in warehouses to package food for families in time for Thanksgiving. This year, Project GiveBack is assembling…

Final Proposal for D.C.’s New Ward Boundaries Is Up For A Vote

Ward 6 could shrink, wards 7 and 8 to grow.

Welcome to the Re-district of Columbia! The D.C. Council’s Subcommittee on Redistricting released a map of new proposed ward boundaries yesterday. The subcommittee, chaired by At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, announced the changes to D.C.’s eight wards as part of a mandated restructuring. Washingtonians needed to be divided into boundaries of 86,193 residents, plus or minus…

The People Issue 2021

Let them tell you why they’re committed to this place we all call home.

Narrowing down the list of people to include in this issue is never easy, but this year the process was particularly tough, spanning multiple hours and multiple meetings. Was it because Washingtonians have suddenly become more interesting and taken on new, compelling challenges? Was it because we’ve paid more attention to those around us as…

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…

Bowser Relaxes Mask Mandate in Some Public Spaces

Masks still required on public transportation, taxis and rideshares, schools, childcare facilities, and libraries.

Apple users, we’re now on Apple News! Follow our channel to keep up with all things D.C. *** The mask mandate is getting lifted—again. Most public settings will no longer be required to enforce mask wearing indoors starting Monday, Nov. 22. During a press conference with DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Mayor Muriel Bowser said mask…

Thousands of Immigrant Residents Terminated From D.C. Health Care Program Will Be Reinstated

Deputy Mayor Wayne Turnage blames case backlogs. Alliance enrollees won’t lose coverage until the backlog is cleared, he says.

Santos Ventura was well aware her health insurance was set to expire Oct. 31, and she was on top of it. She went to the Department of Human Services office on H Street NE on Sept. 5 to drop off the necessary paperwork for her and her husband: pay stubs, copies of their identification, and…

D.C. Council’s Health Committee Explores Malnutrition Disparities

Medically Necessary Foods Coverage Act of 2021 would require insurance companies to cover medically necessary food.

What if it wasn’t so rare for infants and kids in the District with rare diseases to get the foods they need covered like any other prescription? What if barbers and beauticians could help with a person’s mental health, not just their locks? What if minors lacking a responsible adult in their lives could access…

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…

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