Washington Post: D.C. school system and teachers clash ahead of school reopening. “The Washington Teachers’ Union is telling its members to ignore a school system letter asking teachers to select whether they plan to teach in person in the fall or stay home. The letter, and the union’s response, represent the latest tension between school leaders and teachers as the city struggles to build confidence in its school reopening plan.”
WUSA: Did your landlord receive a mortgage deferral? This new online tool holds DC landlords accountable. “Back in April, DC Council passed emergency COVID-19 legislation that required mortgage lenders to offer deferrals to property owners. The legislation also called for those property owners to pass that same relief on to their renters. DISB, the District’s Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking created a tool that allows renters to hold their landlords accountable. It’s called the mortgage deferment locator tool.”
McClatchy: D.C. National Guard members test positive for COVID-19 after responding to protests. “Members of the D.C. National Guard who were responding to protests in the nation’s capital over the death of George Floyd have tested positive for COVID-19, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The service members were part of the 1,300 D.C. National Guard members called up to help law enforcement respond initially to rioting on May 31, that was followed by days of peaceful protests. A Guard spokeswoman did not identify how many positive tests the unit has recorded.”
The Hill: Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler who served through 11 presidencies, dies of COVID-19. “Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who served as a White House butler for more than five decades, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 91, local media report. Granddaughter Jamila Garrett said in an interview with FOX 5 DC that that Jerman first began working at the White House as a cleaner under the Eisenhower administration in 1957.”
WJLA: FEMA giving D.C. 6 trailers to hold bodies after surge in COVID-19 deaths. “The D.C. Medical Examiners has trailers (pictured above) parked in front of the Forensics Lab for transporting multiple bodies. They are transporting them to six larger trailers on loan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. D.C. has confirmed that FEMA is loaning the city six, 53-foot trailers to hold bodies because there have been so many COVID-19 deaths in the city – 277 as of today.”
Washington Post: More people in District dying outside of hospitals during pandemic. “The number of people in the District dying outside hospitals spiked as the novel coronavirus started its sweep through the nation’s capital, raising concerns that people suffering a wide range of critical ailments are not seeking medical attention. Some of those people contracted the virus; the city has so far confirmed such deaths at home for three residents. But officials suspect many of the deaths are not related to the virus and may be the result of heart attacks, drug overdoses or other causes.”
Washingtonian: An Artist is Projecting Giant Memorials to Covid-19 Victims on Walls All Over DC. “The faces of those who have died from coronavirus were illuminated in Adams Morgan for an hour Thursday night. Visual artist Robin Bell projected the photos onto a building along with messages from loved ones as a part of Covid Memorial, a digital archive honoring the deceased and those who mourn them. ‘Collectively, we’re going through a loss. We’re going through grief,’ says Bell. ‘There’s something about taking a moment and acknowledging where we’re at and acknowledging the people we have lost.'”
Washingtonian: 100 Ways To Virtually Experience DC During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some of what our great city has to offer. Many of the DC area’s businesses and cultural institutions have gone virtual, offering all sorts of ways to stay connected (and fill your days). We’ve put together a big list of things you can do to experience what Washington has to offer—online.” Big list, decent annotation.
WTOP: New digital project lays bare history of slavery around the White House. “A new website initiative launched this week by the White House Historical Association takes an in-depth look into slavery around the nation’s capital. ‘Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood’ offers a comprehensive timeline and abundant resources on the enslaved people who built, worked for and lived around the White House.”
D.C. Policy Center: New database of D.C. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). “D.C.’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) process allows developers to gain additional height and density for a project (beyond what they could build matter of right) in exchange for delivering additional public benefits back to the community…. The data covers the 82 PUDs negotiated from 2010 through 2018. For each PUD, the database includes basic information such as the name, case number, and a link to the original PUD, along with information about housing units, share of units that are affordable (and at what levels), parking information, and the recorded costs of the community benefit agreement line items.”
Washington Post: D.C.’s Black Broadway is gone. A Georgetown professor wants to remind U Street newcomers of its history.. “[Professor Ananya] Chakravarti convened a team of students, community members and experts to assemble a digital collection of U Street history that, she hopes, will make the area’s rich past easier to access and understand. She calls it ‘community-based historical preservation.'”
Engadget: Google’s Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities. “Last year, Google incubator Area 120 announced a public transit app that works in a similar way to Waze. Users of Pigeon report transit information to help others know if they’re likely to face delays or other issues. Until now, it’s only been available in New York City, but as of today, it’s going live in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.”
CNET: Facebook again fails to block DC attorney general’s lawsuit. “Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine has said his court case against Facebook for last year’s Cambridge Analytica data breach will go ahead. Facebook’s second attempt to block the lawsuit has now failed, Racine tweeted Friday.”
Washingtonian: How Can We Preserve Go-Go’s History?. “This spring, noise complaints forced a Shaw retailer to turn off the go-go recordings that had played in front of his store for more than two decades. The outcry was fast and intense, and in the wake of protests and a #DontMuteDC hashtag started by a Howard student, the music was eventually allowed to return. One intriguing piece of news that came from the coverage: The store’s owner, Donald Campbell, wants to launch a digital streaming platform to share the thousands of hours of live go-go recordings he’s amassed over the years—probably the biggest such collection in existence.” When I saw “go-go,” all I could think of was the 60s and those white go-go boots that used to be popular. This ain’t that. Looking into it further, go-go reminded me of the early rap I grew up with, mixed in with funk and lots of drums. I liked it. If you want to explore, 8tracks has a bunch of playlists.
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia: Mayor Bowser Launches EdScape Beta, A New Planning Tool for Public Education. “Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn released EdScape Beta, a powerful new planning tool that provides information about the landscape of DC’s public schools and students. EdScape Beta will support policymakers, agencies, and schools in making data-driven decisions to inform and support programs and school planning.”