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Still getting the lead out

Yeah Bonham’s been dead for forty years, but there’s still lead in DC pipes. Since the early-aughts local lead crisis, there’s been some change to chip away at the work of replacing old pipes. Public pipes are being swapped out, but many private service lines (that connect a house to the city pipe) are still made of lead, leaving some renters slurping the ole Pb (and that’s not Mr. Pibb). Now, the city will pay up to half for residents to replace lead service pipes on private property. 

So much for the wellness generation

A new report predicts that millennials will be sicker, broker, and die younger than the previous generation. Uplifting, we know. We may be less likely to die from things like heart disease, but the report cites rapidly increasing “behavioral problems” like depression and substance abuse as a potential cause. So maybe we should focus less on chugging Soylent and more on providing adequate mental health services.


Deaf DJ, def jams

Nico Demarco is a fourth-generation Deaf person who also DJs at Red Rocks on H St, feeling beats physically and following along with Shazam. Along with his brother Nyle, who won America’s Next Top Model in 2015, he says, “we’ve shown the world that Deaf people can do anything.

How Trader Joes stays on top

Trader Joes sells generic foods that no one thinks of as generic. How do they draw constant lines without spending anything on advertising? TJ’s Instagram influencer fans help.


The only way left to get rich off local news?

Fraud. BuzzFeed caught an Albany, NY site faking “just about everything,” click for your true media crime fix. 

Also || Howard bests Harvard in debate competition, the first generation of Nats fans gets their championship, NYT fears studying Russian literature at AU a Putin ploy

A good reason to go to the Wharf

Wharf Life and Union Stage will host an evening of Port City beer and free music from Jones Point which has an “organic, high-energy sound that ranges from bluegrass to Go-Go, with many musical genres in between.” (7pm)


Experience the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Powered by “a mix of breathtaking film, 4D technology, and immersive sensations,” this art installation near Union Market is meant to drive collective action to stop Arctic drilling for oil and gas we don’t need. (Plus, 20% off when you use our link—>here)


Death Becomes Us (and you, too)

Want to visit this weekend’s BYT true crime festival with a macabre name? These discount codes will get you $5 off Capturing the DC Sniper (CAPTURE); Amanda Knox w/ Lorena Bobbitt (TRUTH); and Throwing Shade (SHADE).


The future of Georgia Ave

The team behind the Anacostia & Congress Heights Land Trust that’s gotten some good coverage recently is convening a new equitable development plan for the Lower Georgia Ave corridor (Florida to New Hampshire). Learn more about the project and how to get involved on Saturday. (2pm)


Saturday: The Lottery

Local artist Xena Ni is hosting an interactive art show on the immigration experience as the capstone of her Derek Lieu Residency at Hole in the Sky. (You might have seen Ni’s work using receipts to critique food insecurity on AOC’s Instagram or CityLab.) (7pm)

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