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Poop bot gone to pot

Metro flushed more than $400k into the defunct self-cleaning bathroom at the Huntington Yellow Line station, according to an Inspector General report. WMATA said the facility was installed out of necessity due to post-9/11 security policies barring riders from using the existing station restrooms—which makes it pretty low on the totem pole of bad War on Terror decisions. Rest in pee-ce, Huntington Exeloo toilet.


Sounds like some broken windows shit

Amazon’s security company Ring is advertising through local police departments nationwide. In exchange, police get free Ring products and access to footage from Ring security cameras via a "portal"—with almost no regulation or oversight and incentivizes to find crime.


No more summer jobs at Garvey Institute

The city cut funding at one of the organizations through which Marion Barry's sprawling summer jobs program operates after complex accusations against the organization’s leader. Closing the program has drawn mixed reactions, with many noting the loss of one of the largest summer job sites in a city that hasn’t always prioritized helping the unemployed.


A scandalous little salad

WAMU gives us a deep cut in DC culinary history: the mysterious origins of the Watergate salad. Theories abound as to why this dessert mix of pistachio pudding, pineapple, and whipped cream received the infamous “Watergate” moniker. Luckily, though the country has since moved on from the political scandal and its inscrutable love affair with jello molds, the retro recipe is still driving up web traffic.


"This is not normal"

A phrase far too familiar as gun violence racks the nation came through the lips of a pastor eulogizing Karon Brown, who was killed at just 11 years old, in front of a crowd of hundreds. "Something is wrong in Washington, DC." 

Also || The monthly bills of a 27 year old DC lawyer pulling in $200k a year (spoilers: it’s mostly student loans)


A walking monument tour and meditation

MindTravel’s SilentWalk is hosting its first event in DC: a silent tour of the monuments. Participants will don headphones and listen to piano compositions and spoken word, as they’re led around the downtown monuments and not speaking to one another. It’s happening this Thursday, and admission is free--register here. (Thursday, 7pm)


Drinkin’ and drawin’

If you’ve decided to opt out of a night of DNC debate-watch (part 1 of 80) for a less stressful activity, head over to Colony Club to sip wine and get your nude sketch on. (7:30pm)


Knob story

The Brass Knob supplied the city with vintage doorknobs, sconces, chandeliers, and other accoutrements for ornamenting your interior for 38 years from their quirky Adams Morgan location. Walk, don’t run, to buy some discount wainscoting—it closes on November 1.


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Jack Evans sucks. Kick off your shoes and get to know the organizers behind the movement to oust the erstwhile councilmember. (6pm)

  • As development ramps up East of the River—a new sports and entertainment arena in Congress Heights, Busboys and Poets in Anacostia—how can longtime business owners, entrepreneurs, and job seekers take advantage of new growth? Kojo Nnamdi leads a discussion on the changing economic landscape in Ward 8. (6pm)

Also || outdoor fitness in farragut | watch the parent trap in georgetown | women of the music modernization act | This is Not a Show | tech transforms travel | broccoli talks: opportunity zones | watch debate at Nellie’s or Johnny Pistolas or Busboys and Poets 

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