D.C.’s Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt Is Stepping Down

DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt, who led the city’s response to the pandemic for the past two years, will be leaving her post at the end of July. Nesbitt will be moving onto “endeavors” outside of D.C. government, according to a statement from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office on Wednesday afternoon announcing the departure.
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Catch These Can’t-Miss Jazz And International Acts Playing Around D.C. In July

Rhiannon Giddens directs the Silkroad Ensemble for its July 24 performance at Wolf Trap. The city’s jazz clubs and concert venues may be preparing for the mid-to late-summer slowdown, but it’s still pretty busy, especially as musicians continue to make up for lost pandemic time with tours and other shows. There’s some great music to catch this month on the region’s jazz calendar.

Are More Red Panda Cubs In The National Zoo’s Future? We Can Dream.

Animal keepers say the tiny Xena is small but fearless. There’s some red panda activity in Virginia, and it’s not a missing one this time. There are three new red pandas at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal. Scarlet, Xena, and Taizong, who arrived in the past few months from from zoos in Michigan and Indiana, are settling in at the 3,200-acre research facility to breed and allow conservationists to study their health.

With Summer Off To A Violent Start, D.C. Residents Mourn Lives Lost And Demand Solutions

Before last month’s Moechella gathering at 14th and U Street Northwest, 32-year-old Marcellus Queen had a feeling something bad might happen. “My friends asked me, ‘Oh, you want to go down to Moechella?’ I said, ‘I’m not going down. It’s too [many] groups of people out there,’” Queen told DCist/WAMU. “You know everybody gonna have a gun on them, because everybody’s scared of everybody else.”

The Pieces Have Come Together At The Capital Checker Club’s Adams Morgan Clubhouse

George Evans faces off against club member Michael Weaver, AKA “Boy Wonder.”. A few yards down from the Popeyes on Columbia Road in Northwest D.C., nuzzled next to the Metro PCS and beneath a strip of townhomes, a small boom box sits on the sidewalk, blaring a selection of old and new Top 40 music (think: “That’s The Way I Like It”) a few nights a week.

Post-Roe Abortion Funds Are Flooded With Donations. But Will It Last?

Local abortion funds have seen an influx of donations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. The D.C. Abortion Fund has received $313,000, compared to $892,376 for all of 2020. The organization noted that 80% of these contributions and grants are going to abortion services. “To date, we have never turned away a single person who was eligible for DCAF funding,” D.C. Abortion Fund states on their website. The majority of the fund’s donations come from individuals, but many local businesses have held fundraisers to help support the organization, including establishments like Showtime, Electric Cool-Aid, Donut Run, and Ivy and Coney to name a few.

Following Supreme Court Ruling, Governor Hogan Halts Use Of Restrictive Gun Law

On Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan directed state police to stop enforcing a state gun law that sets restrictions around concealed-carry handgun permits. The decision to suspend the law comes after a Supreme Court ruling last month that found a similar New York state law restricting the right to carry a handgun outside the home to be unconstitutional. Writing for the conservative majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas argued the law violates the Fourteenth Amendment because it prevents “law-abiding citizens” from exercising their Second Amendment right to carry guns in public for self defense.

After Two Failed Attempts, D.C. Council Passes Law To Make Homelessness A Protected Class

This story was produced by Street Sense Media. At 18, John Alley left Puerto Rico with a dog, an accordion and the clothes on his back, looking for a fresh start from the island he had called home. Alley first went to New York City, but without connections and nowhere to stay when he arrived, he experienced homelessness there for many years. Twenty years later, Alley, now a Street Sense Media vendor, is still housing insecure, and has been vocal about the discrimination he experienced while unhoused in D.C.

9 Virtual And IRL Things To Do Around D.C. This Week

MUSICAL PREMIERE: Head to the regional premiere of the SIX: THE MUSICAL tour, which began this week at the National Theatre and runs through early September. The award-winning show with an all-women cast and band allows the six wives of Henry VIII to tell their story as a 21st century girl-power remix. (The National Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $60)

Kenyan McDuffie Reboots Campaign, This Time For A D.C. Council Seat

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has filed paperwork to enter another local D.C. election: this time, an At-Large D.C. Council seat. The news, first reported by longtime D.C. journalist and political analyst Tom Sherwood, comes two months after McDuffie was forced to suspend his campaign for Attorney General after one of his opponents successfully challenged his eligibility for the office.

Overheard In D.C.: Sober In Adams Morgan

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