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DC Fray’s early winter leagues are open for registration! In case you missed the fall fun or you just can’t wait for regular winter, you’re covered for basketball, flag football, soccer, and volleyball. ​Play​


Uber doesn’t always report assaults

If you report a driver for assault or other misconduct, you’ll probably never know what happened to them; the company’s investigative team is accountable to the company first and can take steps to limit their liability. Moreover, they don’t always tell the police or other ridesharing apps, so even if a driver’s fired they may just move to another. 

Cleaners left out to dry by app economy

Physical locations of dry cleaners face an “uncertain future” as venture capital gives on-demand services the ability to operate in the red—”dramatically changing the nature of the dry-cleaning business without improving it in a meaningful way.” (The story is reported on Korean-American businesses in New York, but you have to imagine the dynamic is present here as well.)


Mystics one win away 

With Elena Delle Donne wearing a nose guard and playing through a pinched back nerve, we’re up 2-1 in the best-of-five series after a solid 94-81 win. 

  • At press, the Nationals’ starter-in-relief gambit had failed miserably, with Patrick Corbin entering with a 2-1 lead and departing after six earned runs. Find out whether we came back.

TikTok for journos

The Washington Post has more than 146,00 fans and 3.2 million likes on its TikTok, largely thanks to video producer Dave Jorgenson who posts daily videos featuring staff, tinges of dad humor, and chaotic good (evil?) content. It’s a model for how an established news org can tap into this platform and engage with teens in a meaningful way.


Georgia Ave Open Streets was a wild success

(And it should be like that forever.)

Also || St Elizabeths—the city’s only public psychiatric hospitalstill doesn’t have running water, buy local flour, the question isn’t will Gruden be fired, it’s whether anyone will care, Petworth center for “court-involved youth”

Cancel some plans

It can be liberating! But it can also be graceless. Here’s a no-bs guide on how to bail when you need to. We’ve all felt the rush of relief when plans are canceled, but it can point to larger relationship or personal issues that are worth unpacking. Some basics: 

  • Think about what you would want to do; friends would often rather see you than do whatever activity they proposed. 

  • Consider how bailing affects those around you—know that if you do this often, your plans will always be considered tentative. 


Call Your Mother turns 1

Park View’s Jew-ish deli is celebrating its first anniversary this week. Today, the first 365 guests in line will receive a Call Your Mother birthday card, each containing a different prize. Featured items include Call Your Mother coffee, latkes, swag and more. (8am)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Profs & Pints presents a “research-based look at dog parks' role in DC's gentrification debate,” with Toni Tileva, adjunct in anthropology at AU. (6 pm; if anyone wants to go and write about it, let us know)

  • Tunes: Abram Shook + Laurel Rose + The North Country (7pm)

Also || DC Climate Coalition | tunes: Abram Shook + Laurel Rose + The North Country


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