Washington Post: Once again, a deal between D.C. and the teachers union collapses

Washington Post: Once again, a deal between D.C. and the teachers union collapses. “It has become a familiar pattern in the District. The city and Washington Teachers’ Union near an agreement on how schools should reopen. Both sides indicate that a finalized deal could be imminent. And then, at the 11th hour, it falls apart.”

Washington Post: D.C. launches $100 million grant program for hard-hit businesses

Washington Post: D.C. launches $100 million grant program for hard-hit businesses. “The D.C. government has launched a new program that will allocate $100 million in grant funding to local businesses, a fresh injection of cash officials hope will help carry the city’s hardest-hit industries through the coronavirus pandemic.”

Associated Press: Pandemic politics leave DC in gridlock as virus surges

Associated Press: Pandemic politics leave DC in gridlock as virus surges. “The urgency of the nationwide surge in virus cases, spiking hospitalizations and increasing death tolls has hardly resonated in the nation’s capital as its leaders are vexed by transition politics and trying to capitalize on the promise of a coming vaccine. The virus has killed more than 247,000 Americans this year and infected at least 11.1 million — some 1 million of them in just the past week.”

Washington Post: Metro considers buyouts to stave off 1,400 layoffs due to pandemic-created financial crisis

Washington Post: Metro considers buyouts to stave off 1,400 layoffs due to pandemic-created financial crisis. “Metro plans to offer buyouts to avoid having to lay off 1,400 employees as it searches for ways to cut more than $176 million from its pandemic-ravaged budget. The transit agency’s board on Thursday will consider offering retirement-eligible employees a bonus to quit so Metro can freeze or eliminate their positions and save jobs for younger, less expensive workers.”

‘I can’t feed myself’: DC restaurant famous for feeding the homeless daily now struggling (WJLA)

WJLA: ‘I can’t feed myself’: DC restaurant famous for feeding the homeless daily now struggling. “A Washington, D.C. restaurant that went viral for its efforts to feed the poor and homeless is now asking the public for help. When ABC7 did a story on Sakina Halal Grill in February 2019 – the owner, Kazi Mannan, said it changed his life.”

Washington Post: Democrats abandon indoor Capitol meal for new House members after photo raises eyebrows

Washington Post: Democrats abandon indoor Capitol meal for new House members after photo raises eyebrows. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that lawmakers would continue to vote long distance, citing concerns about the coronavirus — but newly elected members were still set to eat together indoors…. By evening, the new members event was changed to grab-and-go. The House’s newest legislators were already in the capital for an orientation like no other, filled with masks and new precautions.”

Washington City Paper: Will D.C. Dial Back Indoor Dining as COVID-19 Cases Climb?

Washington City Paper: Will D.C. Dial Back Indoor Dining as COVID-19 Cases Climb?. “Despite the fact that coronavirus cases in this region are hitting new highs this month and new scientific research about the risks of indoor dining is emerging, the mayor’s office continues to allow restaurants and bars to operate. D.C. is in Phase 2 of reopening, which allows for indoor dining at 50 percent capacity with service hours limited to between 6 a.m. through midnight. Today alone, the District reported 206 new COVID-19 cases.”

Washington Post: Coronavirus spread hits record levels in Maryland, Virginia amid national spike

Washington Post: Coronavirus spread hits record levels in Maryland, Virginia amid national spike. “The rolling seven-day average of new coronavirus infections on Monday in D.C., Virginia and Maryland stood at 2,727 — the sixth straight daily high, and up from an average of 1,313 daily cases at the start of October.”

Washingtonian: This Couple Traded a House in the Suburbs for a DC Apartment *Because* of the Pandemic

Washingtonian: This Couple Traded a House in the Suburbs for a DC Apartment *Because* of the Pandemic. “By now, you’ve read something like a zillion stories about people fleeing cities in search of more space because of Covid-19. But Gina Hardin and Chris Hartranft did the exact opposite.”

Washington Post: D.C. Public Schools cancels plan to bring some students into classrooms Nov. 9

Washington Post: D.C. Public Schools cancels plan to bring some students into classrooms Nov. 9. “The chancellor of D.C.’s public school system announced Monday that he will abandon plans to bring thousands of mostly high-needs elementary students back to classrooms next week after talks with the teachers union collapsed. The reversal came as educators staged a sick-in, forcing the cancellation of online lessons.”

Eater DC: In D.C., Dr. Fauci Inspires Trust, Calm, and a Popular Line of Pouched Cocktails

Eater DC: In D.C., Dr. Fauci Inspires Trust, Calm, and a Popular Line of Pouched Cocktails. “Dr. Anthony Fauci’s face is everywhere, which explains why it popped into Rohit Malhotra’s head. As the nation’s leading expert on infectious disease, Fauci endeared himself to the public early on in the COVID-19 pandemic with his heavy Brooklyn accent, unassuming physique, and straight talk on the novel coronavirus. Over the past seven months, he has become a household name, a frequent guest on primetime news shows, inevitable meme fodder, and — thanks to Malhotra and his staff — the unwitting logo for a line of pouched cocktails that helped a Washington, D.C., bar stay open through a public health crisis that has been catastrophic for restaurants.”

Washingtonian: DC’s New Covid-Tracing Smartphone Tool Is Going Live This Week

Washingtonian: DC’s New Covid-Tracing Smartphone Tool Is Going Live This Week. “Starting Tuesday, iPhone and Android users can opt-in to ‘DC CAN’—the District’s new coronavirus contact tracing technology. The tool will send push notifications to users if they’ve been in contact with a Covid-positive individual. iPhone users can opt-in to the tech through their phone settings; Android users will download an app.”

Washington Post: The pandemic has devastated downtown D.C. Some fear the damage is permanent.

Washington Post: The pandemic has devastated downtown D.C. Some fear the damage is permanent.. “In downtown Washington, formerly a textbook case of a reborn city center, the coronavirus has flatlined almost every measure of vitality. About 95 percent of downtown’s 167,000 office workers — a mix of federal employees, lawyers, lobbyists, consultants, advocates and journalists — were working from home this summer, according to a recent report from the DowntownDC Business Improvement District.”

DC reports 105 new coronavirus cases in one day period; highest one-day spike since June (Fox 5 DC)

Fox 5 DC: DC reports 105 new coronavirus cases in one day period; highest one-day spike since June. ” Over 100 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the District during a one day period earlier this week, according to statistics released by the city. The increase of 105 new cases was recorded between October 4 and October 5. This marks the highest one day increase in cases since 130 positive cases were recorded from June 1 to June 2.”