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  • T. rex skeleton will star when Natural History Museum [DC] reopens Fossil Hall next June [ed]

    07/18/2018 9:12:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2018 | Peggy McGlone
    A teenage T. rex about to chomp on the triceratops pinned under its foot will be the focal point of the redesigned Fossil Hall when it reopens June 8, 2019, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Museum director Kirk Johnson announced the opening date of the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils on Tuesday morning, unveiling a piece of the 66 million-year-old fossil to mark the occasion. Named the Nation’s T. rex, the dinosaur was discovered in Montana in 1988 and is on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is the first new dinosaur to...
  • Fight Against $15: Democrats Surprisingly Push To Repeal Minimum Wage Hike In Nation's Capital

    07/14/2018 11:44:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/14/2018
    "Fight for $15" is the rallying cry for most Democrats these days. But soon after Washington, D.C., voters approved a hike in tipped wages to $15, Democrats on the city council moved to repeal it. That's what happens when ideology crashes into reality. On Tuesday, 7 of the 13 members of Washington's city council sponsored a bill to jettison the wage hike for tipped workers that 56% of D.C. voters had approved by a ballot initiative less than a month before. Under Initiative 77, the workers would see their minimum wage climb from the current $3.89 an hour to $15...
  • Don't Drink the Water: DC Warns Thousands of Contamination Risk

    07/13/2018 7:40:54 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | July 13, 2018 | Andrea Swalec
    If you live in D.C., you may have to boil your water. DC Water is advising tens of thousands of residents and businesses in a major portion of the city not to drink or cook with tap water without boiling it because of a contamination risk. A problem with the water system Thursday night made it "possible for contaminants to enter the water," DC Water said in a statement early Friday. Officials say there is no information indicating that any water was contaminated; the "boil water advisory" is a precaution. DC Water says it is safe to bathe or shower,...
  • DC City Council appears set to reverse $15 minimum wage

    07/10/2018 5:14:42 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 22 replies
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 09, 2018 | Sean Higgins
    DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced Monday that he along with several other council members would introduce a bill during Tuesday's session to repeal Initiative 77, the city's newly-passed $15 an hour minimum wage. (Snip) "I don't believe the law that Initiative 77 would put into place is good for our city, good for our restaurant industry or good for our workers," Evans told a local ABC affiliate. Evans and others on the city council as well as Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser have long been critical of the initiative.
  • From Kellyanne Conway to Stephen Miller, Trump’s advisers face taunts from hecklers around D.C.

    07/09/2018 12:04:12 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9 Jul 18 | Paul Schwartzman and Josh Dawsey
    Just after arriving in Washington to work for President Trump, Kellyanne Conway found herself in a downtown supermarket, where a man rushing by with his shopping cart sneered, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Go look in the mirror!” “Mirrors are in aisle 9 — I’ll go get one now,” Conway recalled replying. She brushed off the dart with the swagger of someone raised in the ever-attitudinal trenches of South Jersey. “What am I gonna do? Fall apart in the canned vegetable aisle?”
  • Birds of Prey Movie: Margot Robbie Pushing to Hire Diverse Co-Stars

    07/07/2018 6:56:05 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Screen Rant ^ | July 6, 2018 | Cooper Hood
    Margot Robbie is hoping to have a diverse cast around her for Birds of Prey. One of the DCEU's greatest strengths so far is the diverse nature of their lineup. Jason Momoa's Aquaman, for example, is very different from the traditional Arthur Curry look. However, they've also been a prime example of giving females starring roles and seeing the success that can come with it. Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is their highest grossing and best critically received movie. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad introduced Robbie as Harley Quinn, and the film still made over $700 million at the box office despite a...
  • Smithsonian planning for permanent security checkpoints at the National Zoo

    07/05/2018 11:39:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | July 5, 2018 | Michael Neibauer
    The National Zoo is slowly going secure. The Smithsonian Institution has a proposal before the National Capital Planning Commission for supplemental perimeter fencing, to close gaps in existing fencing and reduce the number of pedestrian entrances from 13 to three — at Connecticut Avenue, the bus lot drop-off, and the Lower Zoo. A fourth entrance will be added later at the soon-to-be-constructed $50 million main zoo parking garage.
  • Susan Sarandon arrested at anti-Trump rally

    06/29/2018 2:33:52 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 84 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 29, 2018 | J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE
    Susan Sarandon was one of the roughly 575 people arrested during a Capitol Hill protest of President Trump's immigration policies and family separations at the southern border on Thursday. The group, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington state, were charged with unlawfully demonstrating. Sarandon tweeted from the rally, where she and other women carried banners that said, "We demand ... end all detention camps." They also declared, "We care," in response to the jacket first lady Melania Trump wore last week. The protest took place in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. According to U.S. Capitol...
  • Should 16-year-olds be able to vote? A majority of the D.C. Council thinks so

    06/28/2018 6:04:49 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | June 27, 2018 | Reis Thebault
    As scores of young people crowded into a hearing room in the Wilson Building on Wednesday, D.C. Council members saw the future of D.C. politics. “There are multiple future council members and a future mayor in this room,” said D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). But before they run for office, Allen wants to make them voters. A bill he introduced in April would do just that, lowering the voting age to 16. If passed, the bill would enfranchise up to 10,600 16- and 17-year-olds, according to Census Bureau data. It would also be historic. The nation’s capital would...
  • Unlawful for DC Restaurants to Discriminate Based on Political Affiliation

    06/26/2018 6:49:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    Washington D.C. expressly prohibits their restaurants from discriminating against patrons on the basis of political affiliation.D.C. enacted the Human Rights Act in 1977. The purpose of the Act was to end discrimination in the District. It is the intent of the Council of the District of Columbia, in enacting this chapter, to secure an end in the District of Columbia to discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit, including, but not limited to, discrimination by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities,...
  • DC restaurant apologizes after expelling transgender woman for using women's bathroom

    06/24/2018 7:48:58 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2018 | MORGAN GSTALTER
    A Washington, D.C., restaurant issued an apology to a transgender woman who said she was kicked out for trying to use the women’s bathroom. Charlotte Clymer, a communications staffer for the Human Rights Campaign, wrote about the incident on a Twitter thread Saturday afternoon. Clymer wrote that she was at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar on Friday night for a bachelorette party when a staff member asked for her ID. She said he told her the identification needed to read “female” in order to use the women’s restroom. Charlotte Clymer🏳️‍🌈 ✔ @cmclymer Last night, I was told by the...
  • The Kirstjen Nielsen Protest at a DC Mexican Restaurant... Here’s How It Really Went Down.

    06/22/2018 8:06:26 AM PDT · by texas booster · 59 replies
    The Washingtonian ^ | June 21 2018 | Jessica Sidman
    Amanda Werner‘s friend was dining at MXDC when he recognized none other than Kirstjen Nielsen at the sleek downtown Mexican restaurant—just a day after the Department of Homeland Security Secretary defended the separation of children from their parents at the border. He immediately texted Werner: “DHS Secretary Nielsen is having dinner at MXDC. Can you tweet on your account? Get activists here.” He sent a snapshot of the Trump Cabinet member in a black suit checking her phone at a nearby table. Werner, who identifies as transmasculine and uses they/them pronouns, is a campaign strategist for legal advocacy group Public...
  • Protesters harass, chase DHS secretary from dinner at Mexican restaurant: WATCH at link.

    06/19/2018 7:27:09 PM PDT · by caww · 149 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/19/2018 | Christian Dato
    <p>Activists with the D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America crashed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's dinner Tuesday evening and appeared to chase her from the building.</p> <p>According to a Facebook Live video posted to DSA's Facebook page, protesters surrounded Nielsen's corner table at MXDC Cocina Mexicana, located just a few blocks from the White House.</p>
  • D.C. Area Witches Unite for Gun Control, Hurl Curses at the NRA

    06/17/2018 6:48:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 6/15/18
    Gun control advocates can now boast of a new group of allies joining their dubious coalition: witches. It kind of makes sense. We all know that gun control is based mainly on magical thinking. Its advocates, after all, ask us to believe we’re just a few more “commonsense safety measures” away from a world in which evil people who are otherwise determined to kill others refrain from doing so for fear they might violate a gun control law somewhere along the way. A related premise is that gun control advocates hold the keys to ending violent behavior once and for...
  • More toll lanes from Baltimore to Richmond? Business leaders push them to ease traffic jams

    06/14/2018 9:12:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    WTOP ^ | May 16, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — A group of powerful business leaders is calling for more toll lanes on highways from Richmond, Virginia, to Baltimore.The first focus of the Greater Washington Partnership’s toll lane push is expected to be on Maryland’s plans for toll lanes around the Capital Beltway and up part of Interstate 270, with lobbying from the CEOs of some of the largest companies in Maryland, Virginia and the District to get the rules in Maryland to match those on Virginia’s Interstate 495 Express Lanes.Virginia’s lanes are free with a minimum of three people in the car and an E-ZPass Flex, while...
  • Should you get your E-ZPass in Maryland or Virginia?

    06/13/2018 10:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2018 | Luz Lazo
    Use of the E-ZPass electronic payment system has grown exponentially across the Washington region in recent years as the network of toll lanes has expanded in the Interstate 95 corridor with new facilities from Stafford County to just north of Baltimore. Both Maryland and Virginia are actively promoting E-ZPass, hoping to reduce cash payment at toll plazas — where the option exists — and to encourage the seamless use of all-electronic toll facilities such as the 495 Express Lanes and 66 Express Lanes in Virginia and the Intercounty Connector in Maryland. In that spirit, Maryland announced last week that it...
  • The Washington Capitals Win Their First Stanley Cup

    06/07/2018 8:11:33 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 109 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 7, 2018 | Ben Shpigel
    Across their 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals have dabbled in hapless hockey and exquisite hockey, boring hockey and effective hockey, but never had they played winning hockey through four playoff rounds, all the way to a grueling, glorious end. It took a team hardened by those postseason lures but liberated from high expectations to complete a run as dazzling as it was cathartic, capping it on Thursday night by dispatching the upstart Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It was the Capitals’ fourth consecutive victory in the finals after a disorienting 6-4 loss...
  • Woke Restaurant Serves Discomfort Food

    06/05/2018 11:04:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    American Conservative ^ | June 5, 2018 | Rod Dreher
    The DC reader who sends this says the Schadenfreude is delicious. He is correct. Washington City Paper reports on the hilariously failed effort of Busboys and Poets, a local restaurant, to be racially woke. Excerpts: Sometimes you can have the best of intentions and still miss the mark completely. Such is the case with Busboys and Poets‘ “Race Card” initiative, which aims to foster discussions about race and privilege among its diners by handing out literal “Race Cards”—cards featuring larger questions about the state of race relations in America—to patrons as they enter. A recent Facebook post featuring one of...
  • Southern Baptist Denomination Severs Ties With DC Baptists Over Homosexuality

    05/26/2018 4:33:38 PM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2018 | Joshua Gill
    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) cut relational and financial ties with the D.C. Baptist Convention (DCBC) for refusing to disfellowship a church with two lesbian pastors. The Executive Committee of the SBC issued a warning to the DCBC in February in which the D.C. convention was given 90 days to remove any church in its fellowship that “practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior,” according to Baptist Press. The executive committee gave the warning specifically with regard to Calvary Baptist Church, which affirmed a lesbian couple as co-pastors in 2017, according to Juicy Ecumenism. The D.C. Baptist Convention failed to...
  • Capitals beat Penguins as Washington reaches Eastern Conference finals and D.C. rejoices

    05/07/2018 7:10:43 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2018 | Isabelle Khurshudyan, Roman Stubbs, Scott Allen and Neil Greenberg
    At last: Game over. Series over. For the first time in 20 years, a D.C. team in one of the four major pro sports is moving on to the conference finals. Let that sink in. The Capitals were the last to do it, in 1998, when they eliminated the Senators in five games in the second round and then ousted the Sabres in six games to clinch their only Eastern Conference title in franchise history. With Evgeny Kuznetsov’s breakaway goal less than six minutes into overtime, Washington improved to 2-9 all-time in postseason series against the Penguins; the Capitals’ only...