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Takes out your trash, also takes Old Town Road

At 72, Maurice Queen is the oldest trash collector on DPW’s force. He’s also probably the only one who used to be a professional cowboy who rode bulls for seven years

 

Streetcar to Georgetown is officially dead

Way back, the original plan for the H St streetcar was that it would eventually run alllll the way to the transit desert of Georgetown. That plan is now officially kaput, according to DDOT, focusing instead of designing K St better for buses. Going east-west remains perplexingly difficult in this city. 

 

Where the NGA collection started

Fifteenth president James Buchanan’s niece not only set the model for future First Ladies, but also was the origin of the National Gallery of Art. Learn about Harriet Lane.

 

“Lack of service and support” at Washington Met

The city wants to close an alternative school due to poor grades, declining enrollment, and dilapidated facilities. Students, teachers, and parents say the school’s struggles are caused by insufficient investment into resources to properly serve students, and closing the school, the only alternative campus for students in this age range, might lead to more dropouts. 

 

DeMatha legend passes away

Hyattsville’s Morgan Wootten was the first high school basketball coach elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame.

 

Tap water worries

PFAS, a toxic “forever” chemical, was found in tap water in dozens of major cities and metropolitan areas, including ours; really, it’s probably in every US water source that draws from surface water. There’s currently no simple way to treat water contaminated with PFAS, and policymakers have punted even though it’s linked to cancer, colitis and more. Until then, try not to drink too much tap water from Brunswick County, North Carolina or Quad Cities, Iowa.


Also || Fundraiser for local musician Johnny Artis, Bloomberg pro-statehood

Reach for the Lunar New Year

The Kennedy Center’s new indoor/outdoor addition, The Reach, has created a festive wonderland of light-up statues all over it’s lawn to celebrate Lunar New Year. Can confirm: it looks very fun. (5:30pm, through 2/2)

 

Conversational DC: Spanish

Hoping to dust off your conversational Spanish in a laidback environment? Gather at Colony Club to socialize en español with other language enthusiasts. If you want to just listen and absorb, está bien. (6:30pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

Also || US Government Still Spying on Dissent | Heavyweights Comedy | ASL gallery walk at NPG | allyship for sexual assault survivors | facing addiction | hunt for Nazi uranium | Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Indeed’s job market | cuisine of Iran

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