PRWeb: Envision Innovative Solutions Announces Release of Augmented Reality App for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (PRESS RELEASE)

PRWeb: Envision Innovative Solutions Announces Release of Augmented Reality App for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (PRESS RELEASE). “Envision Innovative Solutions, an extended reality technology developer, announced the release of ‘Who Are the People,’ a free augmented reality (AR) app the company developed for the U.S. Architect of the Capitol. Users can interact with statues displayed in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center by using their camera phone to virtually place statues in any location and experience interactive content paired with audio from museum curators.”

Washington Post: Preservationists say Library of Congress makeover plan is ‘vandalism’

Washington Post: Preservationists say Library of Congress makeover plan is ‘vandalism’. “A proposed change to the ornate Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress that critics say would remove the symbolic and functional heart of the 1897 Beaux-Arts masterpiece has landed the library on the D.C. Preservation League’s 2022 list of Most Endangered Places.”

Politico: Discord hires first lobbyists

Politico: Discord hires first lobbyists. “The popular online text, video and voice chat app Discord has hired its first federal lobbyists. Monument Advocacy’s Stewart Verdery, Ashley Hoy, Andrew Howell, Joseph Hoefer and Jeff Gary will lobby on privacy and content moderation issues for the platform, which initially found a huge base among gamers but exploded in popularity during the pandemic.”

Washington City Paper: Documenting D.C.’s Doo-Wop Histories

Launched last month but I’m just learning about it now, from the Washington City Paper: Documenting D.C.’s Doo-Wop Histories. “Working with a team of music scholars, [Beverly] Lindsay-Johnson has designed a detailed online platform that tells the story of Black D.C. rhythm and blues acts from the 1940s and ’50s, while documenting the local venues, radio stations, DJs, record stores, and history of that segregated time.”

Washington Post: A fight over covid safety at journalists’ gala event

Washington Post: A fight over covid safety at journalists’ gala event. “Behind the scenes, one prominent covid expert is scrapping with organizers hesitant to install devices that disinfect the air using ultraviolet light, with party planners worried the devices would interfere with the program. Don Milton, a University of Maryland environmental scientist who has advised the White House and others on airborne transmission, said his offer to have a company install the devices at no charge was rebuffed by both the correspondents association and the Washington Hilton, which is hosting the event.”

New York Times: Before Washington’s ‘Nerd Prom,’ Lots of Risk-Benefit Calculation

New York Times: Before Washington’s ‘Nerd Prom,’ Lots of Risk-Benefit Calculation. “Vice President Kamala Harris’s coronavirus infection is raising questions that some in the nation’s capital wish would remain unspoken: Is it safe for President Biden to attend the so-called nerd prom, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Should the dinner even be held? The flashy event, at which journalists, politicians and policy wonks mingle with celebrities, is returning in person this Saturday after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. It will be the first time a president has attended since 2016. Expected attendance: 2,600.”

Washington Post: After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests

Washington Post: After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests. “As of Tuesday morning, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Ca.), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced they had received positive results on coronavirus tests after attending the dinner at the downtown Renaissance Washington Hotel. In addition, about a half-dozen journalists, and members of the White House and National Security Council staff also said they tested positive following the event. Their names are being withheld because they have not announced their status publicly.” Just as I finished typing this I got a tweet that Merrick Garland has also tested positive from the same event.

Georgetown Voice: Smithsonian museums struggle to keep national treasure above water

Georgetown Voice: Smithsonian museums struggle to keep national treasure above water. “Many of the museums built on the Mall have experienced major flooding events, threatening collections stored onsite below ground level and even galleries. As a warming climate is projected to cause further sea level rise and increase the incidence of extreme weather events—major floods have doubled in the past few decades—these institutions face new collection conservation and museum sustainability challenges. The scale of the threat becomes apparent when considering the size of the 19 Smithsonian institutions and their combined collections of 155 million objects.”

dcist: Metro Reduces Bus Service, Strengthens Vaccine Requirement Amid Omicron Surge

dcist: Metro Reduces Bus Service, Strengthens Vaccine Requirement Amid Omicron Surge. “Due to rising COVID-19 infections and exposure in its workforce, Metro has reduced bus service and instituted several new health and safety measures. Unvaccinated employees who fail to comply with the weekly testing requirement will face unpaid suspension beginning Jan. 16, Metro announced on Tuesday. Then, employees will have 30 days to get vaccinated or tested, or else they will be subject to termination.”

Washington Post: D.C. had one of the lowest rates of coronavirus cases in the country. That has changed.

Washington Post: D.C. had one of the lowest rates of coronavirus cases in the country. That has changed.. “In both Maryland and Virginia, the worst of the omicron wave is in the D.C. suburbs. Virginia is reporting record infection rates across the state, but the steepest increase is playing out in Northern Virginia as well as the state’s Northwest health district, which spans the Shenandoah Valley, including Charlottesville. The current wave seems to be spreading from north to south, following the initially high numbers in Maryland and D.C. into Virginia, state epidemiologist Lilian Peake said.”

Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia emerge from Christmas weekend with record coronavirus case numbers

Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia emerge from Christmas weekend with record coronavirus case numbers. “D.C., Maryland and Virginia all set records Monday, reporting the highest seven-day averages in new cases of any point during the pandemic. In Virginia, 18,513 people tested positive over the three-day Christmas weekend and 25 died of covid-19. Maryland reported 5,376 new cases Monday, on top of more than 15,000 during the weekend, and has not yet returned to reporting deaths because of a cyberattack that affected the state’s heath department. The District reported 9,200 cases and two deaths from Dec. 23 to 26.”

NBC Washington: DC Residents Can Now Self-Report Their COVID Cases in App

NBC Washington: DC Residents Can Now Self-Report Their COVID Cases in App. “People can now report if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 using the DC COVID Alert Notice (DC CAN) app. D.C. health officials say the app’s new feature will speed up the District’s contact tracing efforts. Right now, the app’s latest feature available only for iPhone users. Android users will be able to get the feature starting Jan. 4.”