Tag: Washington (DC)

Steph Curry Makes a 7-Figure Gift to Howard University to Bring Golf Back to the HBCU

Steph Curry greeting kids at the launch of his Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation on July 18, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. On Aug. 19, 2019, Curry announced he would financially support a new golf program at Howard University.Photo: Kimberly White (Getty Images for Eat. Learn. Play) Basketball great Steph Curry on Monday pledged to fund a […]

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Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he fields questions at the main information desk. He patiently responds when visitors ask about the current exhibits, whether the paintings are real, where the bathrooms are. Usually, fellow volunteers give him a ride from his assisted living residence in […]

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In D.C., Trading Politics for a Paddle

We launched into the Potomac River just beneath the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which links upscale Georgetown with the chrome-and-glass office park of Rosslyn, Va., and immediately faced the D.C. kayaker’s quandary: Paddle downstream first, taking advantage of the current, to enjoy the majestic bottom-up view of the Lincoln Memorial? Or push upstream against the […]

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A Gentler Way to Gentrify?

Don’t call the real estate development company Venn a developer. Its founders prefer “neighboring start-up.” And don’t call the company’s tenants, who are scattered across 20 buildings in the quickly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, renters. They are “members” or “Venners.” “We describe ourselves as a new way of living,” said Or Bokobza, the chief […]

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How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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Travels With Panama: The Trying to Get to Miami for NABJ’s Conference Edition

Photo: iStock I’m not saying that somebody has it out for me when it comes to air travel, but I’m not saying somebody doesn’t either. I’ve made several trips in the past two months and they’ve all come with their fair share of shenanigans. I wrote about the one that ended my on-again, off-again relationship […]

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What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates

WASHINGTON — For the 20 Democratic candidates who tussled onstage in Detroit last week for their party’s nomination, the debates were a chance to goose poll numbers, undercut rivals and wring donations from potential voters. For the nearly 200 students who attended a summer debate program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League, […]

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Verizon brings 5G to Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C.

Verizon may have been the first to launch 5G home broadband in the United States, and one of the world’s first carriers to offer commercial mobile 5G to paying customers, but its early 5G networks have been limited in both cities and coverage. That’s improving somewhat today with the addition of four new mobile 5G […]

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Widespread Power Failure Affects a Swath of Washington

An electrical equipment failure knocked out power to about 39,000 customers in Washington on Saturday, with most of those affected reportedly in the northwest quadrant of the nation’s capital, Potomac Electric Power Company officials said. Frank Tedesco, a spokesman for the company, said the utility had pinpointed the source of the problem. “There appears to […]

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Supreme Court Lets Trump Proceed on Wall Plans Amid Legal Fight

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Trump administration to move forward with plans to build a wall along parts of the Mexican border while litigation over paying for it proceeds. A trial judge had prohibited the administration from transferring $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s budget to fund the effort, and an appeals […]

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Starting This Fall, Amtrak Will Make It Possible to Live Your Bestest, Blackest Bougie Black East Coast Life

Photo: iStock For a solid stretch—probably from at least 2008 through 2014—I’m going to assert that Washington, D.C., was the Black Brunch Capital of African America. If you wanted to see bougie blackness at its apex, the U Street N.W. corridor was your spot. It was nothing to see young black professionals and politicos dancing […]

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Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised

Faced with a rising backlash over the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, Facebook last year came up with a seemingly straightforward solution: It created an online library of all the advertisements on the social network. Transparency, it decided, was the best disinfectant. Ads would stay in the library for seven […]

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Police Make Arrest in the Killing of Zoe Spears, Whose Death Marked the 10th of a Black Trans Woman This Year

Photo: iStock A Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Zoe Spears, a 23-year-old whose death last month outside Washington, D.C., marked the 10th this year of a black transgender woman. The Prince George’s County, Md., police say Gerardo Thomas, 33, admits to having been armed and in […]

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Federal Appeals Court Rules for Trump in Emoluments Case

WASHINGTON — In a legal victory for President Trump, a federal appeals court panel on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that profits earned by his Washington hotel while he is in office violate the Constitution. A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., found that the state […]

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Cities Need Affordable Housing, but Builders Want Big Profits. Can It Work?

WASHINGTON — The Wharf is a gleaming, $2.5 billion development that has transformed a long-stagnant waterfront into a major destination in the nation’s capital. Along a mile of the Potomac River is an array of high-end hotels, entertainment venues, shops, restaurants and apartments. They include the 6,000-capacity Anthem concert venue, an InterContinental hotel and Vio, […]

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In Washington, Good Grades for Universal Pre-K

Free public school starting at age four, or even three, is growing in many American cities. It’s gaining traction as a way to help young children learn the reading, counting and social skills that prepare them for kindergarten. It also promises to help close academic gaps between rich and poor children. Above all, it may […]

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Washington Area Hit by Heavy Rains and Floods

Torrential morning rains unleashed chaos in the nation’s capital on Monday, turning Metro stations into indoor showers and sending flash floods through suburban neighborhoods, where the authorities said they had mounted dozens of water rescues. The National Weather Service said on Monday that a flash flood warning was in effect for the District of Columbia, […]

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Far-Right Groups Face Off With Counterprotesters in Washington

WASHINGTON — It was a familiar scene in the nation’s capital: Both sides came to be heard, but neither seemed interested in listening. Hundreds of far-right activists faced off with counterprotesters on Saturday in a heavily secured public plaza in Washington, surrounded by police officers and swarms of journalists watching for the slightest signs of […]

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