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We can have a little bright comet, as a treat

Escape to an alternate universe where these might be stories dominating the headlines instead of COVID-19. Among them — we might have a bright comet shining in the sky next month that’s visible to the naked eye, the first since 1997!


National Treasure 4?

A time capsule excavation for the ages: The National Cathedral bought 5,000 N95 face masks back in 2006 or 2007 as a precaution against the bird flu. They’ve sat in the cathedral crypt for over a decade until this week, when they were brought out and donated to MedStar Georgetown and Children’s National Hospital.


Nonsense in two parts


Be best (at social distancing)

A firm using smartphone GPS data (which has been key to social tracing efforts abroad, though American audiences are skeptical) found that DC has decreased average mobility by 60%, compared to 40% nationwide. Keep it up!


Inmates and corrections officers agree: Do better

Mass incarceration and COVID make a nightmare cocktail. With frightening news coming out of Rikers Island in NYC, DC Jail inmates and officers alike want assurances the location won’t become a hotspot. Some inmates have been released to home arrest given that preventive measures aren’t possible in a cell


Errata: Bike stores aren’t closed

Contrary to yesterday's letter Bowser reversed course midday yesterday and the final ruling was that bike stores are essential businesses, which means they will stay open. 


Racine staying busy

The attorney-general joined multistate efforts to force Jeff Bezos to pay for sick leave at Amazon, and to combat price gouging of pandemic-necessary products on that and other online marketplaces. 

Also || Coronavirus cases quadruple in a week in Montgomery County, third DC death, Funk Parade canceled but you can stream their playlist, carry-out coffee, Washingtonians stuck abroad

Emergency & You

Meditation & mindfulness

The National Museum of Asian Art is putting on workshops online four times a week


Tune in for a live opera concert

Ever wanted to hear the difference between Baroque and Classical Opera? Opera performers will perform a concert that dives into each of the different historical periods. Tickets are $10. (8pm)


The Decameron

A quick Google calls Boccaccio's book “part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.” The organizers of this reading group call it “classic plague smut.” (8:30 pm)


Roundup of free virtual cooking and bartending happenings

Some of your fav bartenders and chefs might be hosting an upcoming e-gathering. Virtual HH with Bidwell, Cocktails 101 with Dos Mamis/PomPom’s Carlie Steiner, DJ sets from El Techo, and more are slated, some on a recurring schedule, while DC’s dining scene remains shut down until at least April 27th.


“100 things to do while trapped inside” 

USA Today’s list is kind of basic (surprise) but we like “put together the best-looking charcuterie board using only what’s in your fridge,” “draw a self-portrait,” “learn to use your non-dominant hand” and “interview your grandparents.”

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