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Welcome to Summer: “Hot, Hazy & Humid, With a High of 90”
I know the rapture didn’t happen, but are we sure? It is hot as Hades out there. No records were broken, but it is full on sauna out there. The The Washington Post has a fun poll up where you can vote on how hot you think it will get this summer. Go check it out, remember to hydrate but as WJLA reminds us, do NOT do so with city fire hydrants.
Welcome to Summer: Awesome Stuff to Do Outside
Yes, I know it’s hot. But if you are sipping sangria at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, it’s not so bad. It starts tonight, officially kicking off the city’s summer social scene. Also on the list is Screen on the Green, which announced their pretty damn good lineup today. Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke will still give you chills, I promise, no matter what the mercury says about the temp. There’s much more, including the last weekend of Passport DC, that you can check out at Cultural Tourism DC. And sweat off the pounds at the Memorial Day Annual Chili Cook Off at Cafe Saint Ex on Monday — proceeds benefit Garrison Elementary School at 12th and S NW!
Redistricting Hearing Gets Heated
Did you see the maps and our story yesterday? It’s a well-known political truth that redistricting is perhaps the worst bit of the ‘sausage making’ aspect of politics. When it comes to longtime politicians who want to keep new pretty shiny things like the Verizon Center in their wards, well, forget about it being pretty. The initial proposal was outlined by councilmembers Michael Brown (I-At Large), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), and the reaction from those whose wards would be most affected was swift. DCist has a great article that covers the proposal and the reactions at the hearing, and if you live in Shaw, you’re going to want to make sure you read it.
GOP May Take on DC’s Same-Sex Marriage Law After All
The Washington Blade has the story of what may come next for the district’s same-sex marriage law, now that a U.S. House committee has approved delaying the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued a release expressing her fears of what the vote may mean to DC residents. There’s no action or active legislation, but something to keep an eye on regardless.
We’re Number One! (in Knowing Least About Good Driving)
No one is surprised that D.C. came in dead last (or first in the worst!) in a survey of drivers’ basic knowledge of traffic rules. We took the honor away from New York by barely passing 20 question that commonly show up on drivers license tests. Washington City Paper has the story, the test and a challenge to outperform two staffers scores of 80%.