Wake to Washington

Bowser makes it official: 'Rona shutdowns

Effective Monday night, Mayor Bower issued the order for restaurants, bars, and movie theatres to close up shop in an effort to slow the alarming spread of coronavirus in D.C. Though the dictate to just stay home is clearly in the best interest of public health, it’s going to be rough for vulnerable workers to ride out this time of social distancing without a safety net.

Paying for signatures can sometimes be legal?

A woman offering $5 for signatures on nominating petitions for Jack Evans and At-large Councilmember Robert White says doing so is legal — and she’s right. While it’s illegal to pay for signatures on initiatives, referendums, and recall petitions (also illegal to pay people to not sign), there’s nothing about nominating petitions. 

  • White is running unopposed in the primary, and Evans is running for the same seat he resigned from amidst ethics scandals.


Utilities and inequality

Decades after our lead-pipe crisis, DC Water will replace your lead service line. But researchers who sampled thousands of connections found the city needs to do a better job reaching poor residents. “People with money participated in the program and those without, didn’t."


Millennials ripped off by "premiocre" consumer goods

That’s premium + mediocre, and you’ll see an Instagram ad for one today, “perfectly keyed to the performance of a lifestyle that young Americans desperately want but can’t afford.”

Also || Order local veggies, fundraising for Reclaim Rent Control, UMC emergency room doctor positive for virus, Howard cancels commencement, Everclear popular at popping liquor stores, with schools closed where do children eat?, Hook Hall’s helping, confirmed cases reach 22

Emergency & You

Just one thing.

We're our best resource right now. Share one thing with fellow readers that's keeping you sane or smiling.

Another roundup on how we can help

Additional ways we haven’t listed yet include volunteering with the Greater Washington Community Foundation and mutual aid offered in Mt. Pleasant.


Oh god, is it finally time to read Middlemarch?

Yes! Or you can hunker down with some of the other great literary classics for free courtesy of Project Gutenberg or these recs from local booksellers. There’s time enough at last.



The National Gallery of Art is doing a daily Instagram Stories tour of each gallery, which is pretty cute. 

A business-casual Chatroulette

Break up the day while you work from home. Block off your calendar and find time to meet remotely with other teleworkers for a virtual lunch or coffee break. Schedule your next break at Cafecito.


Avoid humans. Adopt an animal.

The Human Rescue Alliance anticipates a spike in surrendered animals, and may especially need foster parents. What better time to bond with a nonhuman friend like Frito, Goldie, Eva or Kiko?

Need some new entertainment?

Being stuck at home doesn’t have to be boring. Experience the Spy Museum from anywhere with SpyCast: the podcast about all things Spy! Listen now.


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