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Wake to Washington

Know your city

Monumental day

After the fence around the Capitol finally came down on Saturday, neighboring landmarks are opening up as well. Starting tomorrow, the Washington Monument will again reopen to visitors, after six months closed due to the pandemic. You’ll still need to reserve tickets beforehand.

 

What’s wrong with ‘Warriors’

After receiving 40,000 potential new name entries for the franchise, the Washington Football Team has announced that it cannot 'dig it.' Team president Jason Wright stated the much-rumored new name “Warriors” would not be the clear departure from racist iconography and problematic practices that Wright is working to bring about. Wright reiterated that after feedback from Native American groups, the team’s new name will not incorporate any Native American themes

Take em’ to church

And then court! DC just lost a federal lawsuit filed by the Capitol Hill Baptist Church over claims that the city violated their first and fifth amendment rights to congregate en masse per social-distancing measures that were in effect until last month. The city is now out over 200k in legal fees and won’t be able to enforce any more restrictions for future church gatherings. 

 

Snap back to IRL for feds

While the remote work vs. in-person debate rages on, it’s important to remember that most workers don’t really have a say in the matter. Yesterday marked the first day back to the office for government workers —commemorated with a welcome-back event at one of the city’s most embattled agencies, Dept. of Employment Services, and featured food trucks and festivities like “jumbo-sized Uno and Jenga games” to ease the sting of being forced back to cubicle life. 

 

Longread: What is the condo? 

The problems that brought down Surfside were its own -- but many wonder if its condominium property structure made maintenance more difficult. A historian of the condominium says not so fast

Also || wildfire threatens California’s power supply, millions of sea creatures killed by PNW heat wave, we still determine poverty rates by a formula developed in 1964, how to keep happy trees, space billionaires, please read the room, boat is back in the C&O canal in Georgetown, DC’s restaurants less “chainy” than the national average, which restaurants received revitalization fund grants

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Ann Hui’s Hong Kong Stories

Pioneering filmmaker Ann Hui is one of the original members of the Hong Kong New Wave. Select films streaming in the DMV; others nationwide, free through July 25. Watch now!

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Emergency & You

It’s coffee o’ clock

Fuel your day with brews from local coffee shops every Tuesday at 10 am. First come, first serve, so get ‘em while they’re cold! Summer House is a brand-new re-envisioned coworking space at National Landing’s Gateway Green in Arlington, VA. (sign up)

 

Get on the dragon bandwagon

Join the DC Dragon Boat Club at The Wharf for their season kickoff with a beginner-friendly practice. No prior experience necessary! (6:30pm)

 

Great lines

Take the path most linear and check out an art exhibition in way NW that celebrates this humble geometric wonder.

 

Housing not harassment

The Way Home Campaign wants you to know about how Mayor Bowser's FY22 budget impacts the city's homeless and what you can do to end homelessness in our city, and they want you to have fun doing it -- with live music from Emma G. (4 pm)
 

Hey now, watch the All-Stars

Catch Nationals Trea Turner (1st appearance), Juan Soto (1st appearance, somehow), and Max Scherzer (8th appearance) suiting up for the National League. (Kyle Schwarber, who would have been making his All-Star debut, is out hurt.) Oriole breakout Cedric Mullins represents Baltimore in the Midsummer Classic. Neither club looks like a postseason team, so this could be the biggest stage these stars get. (7:30 pm)

 

Also || bingo, dance bachata, build-a-bouquet, zumba in the park, basic french convo class, Chicano movement, community & graphic arts

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