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How Tinder works: It’s complicated

Just in case you’re swiping to score a date for Valentine’s Day (or not), here are some basics about Tinder’s algorithm, which uses the same rating system used to calculate the skill level of chess players. (Super Likes are mostly just a ploy for more $$$.)

 

Rising homicides remain a crucial question for Bowser

There were 38 percent more homicides in DC in 2018, and 2019 shows no improvement. Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White is demanding change, calling upon Mayor Bowser to respond to the “state of emergency” in his neighborhood, where eight children have been shot in the last five months. White recommends more community outreach and gun detection technology. (See first To Do for more!)

 

Did nightlife change in 2016?

Esquire filed "the latest salvo in national publications’ ongoing war against the real DC," offering a story of how Trump’s arrival “A Swamp Divided: How Trump’s Arrival Upended DC Nightlife.” Among the funniest: Trump officials retreat to the tony neighborhood of Woodland Normanstone. As DCist asked...Where?

DC pedestrian deaths up 20 percent in 2018

That follows a national uptick, as many city streets are still dangerous by design for pedestrians and cyclists. The key to saving lives is better design: lower speed limits, separate spaces for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians, and reduced car usage through greater investment in public transportation.

 

Watch: Granny and the Boys

Almost as good as Sunday at Showtime: on Vimeo, a quick profile of Granny and the Boys, including the touching revelation that Granny’s husband—dying of lung cancer—implored her to heal through music. Now she’s cool: “All the nieces and nephews who never talked to me suddenly find Aunt Alice very interesting.”


Also || GW yearbooks had blackface too, monochrome tower blocks, did someone smoking in the attic start fire at old folks home last year?, fun facts about Petworth, Howard in trouble with feds over radioactive isotope

End gun violence together rally

Head to Dock 5 at Union Market where TOMS is hosting a rally to support universal background checks. Lineup includes Vic Mensa, poet Cleo Wade, Taye Diggs, Yolanda King and Martin Luther King III, and Mayor Bowser. (7pm)

 

Hatch a plot

Nestled above MacMillan Reservoir, Wangari Gardens offers personal plots for cultivation at the intersection of Irving and Kenyon NW. You can apply now for a spring spot.

 

All Politics Is Local

Veteran political reporters Tom Sherwood and Mark Segraves interview Councilmember Elissa Silverman at Hill Center DC. (7 pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Tunes: Eyelids and BRNDA at Comet (9pm) and See Through Dresses at Dwell (8pm)

  • Go see an East German science-fiction film (6:30pm)

Also || Food & Diplomacy, Engine Co No 12 Speakeasy Night, lunch w/ mpd, DC Beer talk

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