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10 spooky ways to take Halloweekend outside

Photo: Library of Congress
Photo: Library of Congress

Our second pandemic Halloween is right around the corner, and this year there's some optimism: 

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told CNN that Halloween celebrations this year are a-go if you're vaccinated, and young kids can enjoy outdoor trick-or-treating. 
  • More good news: D.C. has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases over the past 30 days.

Outdoor Halloweekend celebrations are still a good idea, though (and the weather is certainly nice enough for it). We're here to get you ready nice and early:

Chelsea Cirruzzo
4 hours ago - News

NPS clears homeless encampment

A sign attached to a fence detailing encampment clearing info.
Photo: Chelsea/Cirruzzo/Axios

Steps away from a cot tucked under a tarp, David Graves, 42, smoked a cigarette and prepared to leave a homeless encampment near Union Station late last week.

On Friday morning, the National Park Service enclosed the small park with a fence after asking roughly ten people experiencing homelessness, including Graves, to leave.

Why it matters: Homeless encampments have been in the spotlight in recent months as both local and federal entities in D.C. resume clearing them. 

Paige Hopkins
Oct 15, 2021 - News

NFL email scandal embroils Washington Football Team

A black and white image: Washington football players run onto the field through a haze of fog.
Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

An explosive investigation into the Washington Football Team's working conditions has uncovered career-ending emails, and sparked nationwide conversations about discrimination in the NFL and journalistic integrity, Paige writes.

Why it matters: While Jon Gruden has stepped down from his post with the Las Vegas Raiders, the investigation's fallout continues to rope-in recent Washington Football Team officials.

Paige Hopkins
Oct 14, 2021 - News

Howard University students protest campus safety and facilities

Howard University freshman move-in at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Howard University freshmen move in at the start of the 2021-22 school year. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

Howard University students are staging a sit-in to demand school officials address safety concerns and give students representation on the board of trustees, Paige writes. 

  • Students at the prestigious HBCU are reporting black mold, water leaks, bugs and rodents in university facilities, all while the price of tuition increases. 

Why it matters: This is the second large student protest of its kind in the last few years at Howard. Students and alumni say the university still isn’t putting students first. 

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Oct 14, 2021 - News

D.C. organizers start petition for tipped minimum wage

Tipped minimum wage rally in D.C.
Photo: Chelsea Cirruzzo/Axios

Campaigners to raise tipped minimum wage began collecting signatures yesterday for a similar ballot initiative that voters approved in 2018 — only to be overruled by council members.

Details: Initiative 82 aims to gradually raise the minimum wage of tipped workers to full parity with minimum wage in D.C.

Oriana Gonzalez
Oct 13, 2021

Judge asks DOJ to probe D.C. jail's treatment of Capitol riot detainee

Picture of the D.C. Department of Corrections building
D.C. Department of Corrections. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A federal judge on Wednesday held officials at the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections in contempt of court after ruling they violated the civil rights of a Jan. 6 detainee by impeding his access to medical care.

The big picture: The department has been the subject of heavy criticism from inmates, lawyers and judges over its living conditions, the Washington Post reports. During the pandemic, for around 400 days, officials imposed a 23-hour-a-day lockdown policy to enforce social distancing. The rule was eased this summer.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 13, 2021 - Politics

Council member Robert White runs for D.C. mayor

Robert White exits the Office of Campaign Finance after filing to run for mayor, wearing a "vote" face mask.
Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

At-large Council member Robert White joined the D.C. mayor's race Wednesday, emphasizing the need to stem violent crime and fight poverty.

Why it matters: White's entry sets up a likely contest against Mayor Muriel Bowser to lead the nation's capital amid a spike in homicides and the pandemic's continued disruption to health and the economy.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Oct 13, 2021 - News

Why some parents leave D.C. public schools

Illustration of school desks, some of them cut out with nothing behind them.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Parents who move their children from D.C. public schools to surrounding jurisdictions cite school quality and housing affordability as major contributing factors to leaving — but what makes a quality school varies widely by household, a new report out today by the D.C. Policy Center found. 

D.C. Policy Center surveyed parents, including more than 600 in D.C. and more than 800 in the DMV suburbs, between January and February of this year.