D.C. Attorney General Expands Violence Interruption Program

AG Karl Racine says Cure the Streets will expand to four additional sites.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced yesterday that his office’s violence reduction program, Cure the Streets, will expand into four new neighborhoods in wards 1, 4, 5, 6, and 8 in the spring. Cure the Streets will soon start operating in Brightwood Park/Petworth, Sursum Corda/Ivy City, and Historic Anacostia/Fairlawn and Congress Heights. The OAG-run program,…

Give It Up, D.C. 2021

Our annual guide to giving back, presented in partnership with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

Nonprofit organizations are an industry unto themselves in D.C., providing careers for many and directing services to thousands of individuals across the region. Big-budget nonprofits may get a bigger share of the glory (and the donations), but City Paper’s attention often drifts toward smaller organizations doing direct outreach. Perhaps it’s because we share similar underdog…

Weekend Rundown: A Holiday From Unhoused Camp Clearing

Plus homicides rising, Chappelle visiting, and bongs

Four D.C. councilmembers are pressuring Mayor Muriel Bowser to temporarily pause clearing homeless encampments. In a letter to her office, Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), Janeese Lewis George (Ward 4), Elissa Silverman (At-Large), and Robert White (At-Large) (who is running for mayor) requested on Friday that Bowser freeze the clearings as the weather turns cold.…

D.C. Council Bill Seeks to Close Gap in Librarians and Literacy

The bill would ensure a full-time librarian in every DCPS school.

For Katharine Zambon, it’s no secret what guided her sister’s zest for science back in elementary school. The support of the school librarian helped foster her sister’s fixation with the life of Albert Einstein borne out of checking out the physicist’s biography at the school library again and again. Her zeal for science became a…

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…

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