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After millions demanded it, did cities defund the police? 

In fact, many major U.S. cities have increased police funding in their 2021 budgets, despite the pandemic-induced financial squeeze and a national movement to reallocate those resources. See how your city stacks up.

NGA postpones planned exhibition, citing "painful" Klan imagery 

The National Gallery of Art has joined three other museums in postponing a long-planned Philip Guston retrospective, citing concerns about paintings that depict a lynching and KKK members.

Barr forced D.C.'s top federal prosecutor to apologize to MPD

After telling Mayor Bowser that D.C. police consistently made arrests that his office couldn't charge, the acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. was called in by Attorney General William Barr to face MPD Chief Peter Newsham—and then made to write a letter in support of DC police and their arrests. Overall, an unusually aggressive and personal intervention.

Studying women’s history

The National Park Service awarded DC a $50k grant to study women’s history and suffrage in the District between 1848 and 1973. The funding came through a program that aims to highlight histories that are currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places, joining past looks at D.C.’s historic LGBTQ+ and Chinese/Korean communities.


Kids for statehood

The newest episode of WAMU's What's with Washington profiles the newest generation of statehood activists.


Also || Governor Northam positive for coronavirusLoudoun County schools apologize for history of segregation, a new downtown streatery, DC Inno’s 25 under 25, ICYMI: $750, panda cub “healthy,” reportedly, meet the micro-wedding, king of the vegetable realm, GW law student reported harassment—discipline was added to her record 

Emergency & You

Freshly al fresco

You'll have to wait until the weekend to try out the city's newest downtown "streatery" on 8th, but Eater lists 10 restaurants that have newly added outdoor dining, including Cork and the Monocle ("don't only Senators eat there?" "that's what they want you to think!").

Learn about cannabis

The History of Cannabis Museum on Georgia Avenue is hosting tours (reviewed by DCist here). If 21 years or older, consider signing up to learn about cannabis, its history, and its impact on the nation. Refreshments will also be available. ($10)

Virtual meditation

Spend your lunch break enjoying a free meditation session hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. The session will include mindfulness practices. (12:15 pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler:

Also || talk: Kennedy vs. Nixon, Kindred Spirits, Surviving and Thriving Workshop, find yourself a snack pen pal

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