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Is rat cannibalism a good thing?

Rats are getting bolder in their search for food as coronavirus shuts down public places, but they are also, apparently, eating each other. According to a DC Department of Health official, we could see slower population growth and fewer rat encounters. But rats are notorious for their ability to fight back

 

The Reopening

The DC Department of Health director says opening non-essential businesses before May 25 might create a second, larger peak of infections. With an optimistic view, we’re looking at reopening in early June; with a more cautious view, early July. However it ends up, Bowser says, “Don’t anticipate a light switch going on and everything going back to normal.”

 

New hospitals on the way

Mayor Bowser announced deals for a new GWU hospital in Southeast and $300 million for renovations at Howard—“changes that have the potential to transform health-care access in heavily African American parts of the city.” Of note: the SE hopistal *will* include a trauma center (thought not the highest tier) and an obstetrics ward, the first and only located east of the river since United Medical Center closed three years ago

 

Sign Theory

Todd just received the Post Local’s endorsement, but the news hasn’t affected troop morale in the Ward 4 yard sign battle. Weeks after the city admitted employees were removing challenger Janeese Lewis George’s signs, residents are reporting that campaigners for incumbent Brandon Todd have been putting yard signs up in their lawns unbidden—perhaps to make up for all the debates and forums he’s been skipping.

  • Our favorite line: “They kept an empty chair on stage in case Todd showed up.”

Also || Old Ebbitt on the ropes, can Bowser end homelessness by 2025?, DC Opera goes digital, love letters to local restaurants, construction workers contracting COVID

A Day IN: DC

BYT is hosting a day-long fundraising stream with 20+ local shops, performers, and more showing that DC remains dynamic under lockdown. If you’re one of our early birds, tune in literally right now for a live-reading of this newsletter!. (7:30am/all day)

 

Uncover your neighborhood’s history

If you’re stuck in place, why not time travel? In CityLab, artist and storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger offers wildly creative research tactics for learning the stories behind your surroundings.   

 

Make lasagna this weekend with Samin Nosrat

Salt, fat, acid, CHEESE: the ex-Tartine chef and cookbook author is getting the world together for a co-cooking lesson of the “ultimate communal dish.” (Sunday, 7 pm)

 

Don’t break the picket line

Workers at Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, Trader Joe’s, and FedEx plan to strike on Friday, seeking "better protections and benefits in the pandemic." The strike will pressure for protective gear, hazard pay, paid sick leave, and other basic necessities

 

Be your own farm to table concept

Want advice on how to successfully grow your own food? Listen to a self-described “terrible gardener” and give berries, asparagus, herbs, garlic, and tomatoes a shot.  


Awesome Con goes online

The annual nerdfest has pushed its main event to December, but you can “party in your pajamas” with their programming all weekend, including short-films, watchalongs to classics, virtual cosplay karaoke and more. 

 

Shakespeare without the pesky words

Sacrilege or brilliance? Arlington’s Synetic Theater pioneered A Midsummer Night’s Dream but without words in 2010, and it’s now ready for you to stream; a 2015 reviewer called it “absolutely scandalous in all the best ways and shimmering with mesmerizing movement.” (here)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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