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Chelsea Cirruzzo
35 mins ago - COVID

How one local leader is pushing for COVID boosters

Illustration of a pattern of syringes, with a spotlight on one of them.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

At the Triangle View Apartments on B Street SE, Beatrice Evans, 68, is helping her neighbors get their shots.

On Oct. 27, Evans, the building’s tenant association president, is organizing a vaccine clinic to offer COVID-19 booster shots to the residents, largely Black seniors.

Why it matters: 49 of the 50 D.C. residents who since June have died of COVID-19 were Black, according to an analysis of DC Health data first reported by DCist.

Cuneyt Dil
Updated 20 hours ago - News

Council member McDuffie runs for D.C. attorney general

Council member Kenyan McDuffie speaks before a podium surrounded by family and friends.
Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie launched his campaign to become the District's attorney general on Thursday morning.

Why it matters: A wide-open contest is expected to ensue for the seat, since incumbent Karl Racine declined to seek a third term, after elevating the profile of the office as D.C.’s first elected attorney general who took on Donald Trump and Big Tech.

Paige Hopkins
Oct 21, 2021 - News

Screen Time with Tommy McFly

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Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Shannon Finney

Welcome to Screen Time, our series that digs into the media habits of well-known Washingtonians.

First up: Media personality Tommy McFly, who’s occasionally referred to as D.C.’s Ryan Seacrest.

Paige Hopkins
Oct 21, 2021 - News

Renaming D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson high school sparks conflict

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Summer 2020’s racial reckoning inspired a flurry of local campaigns to rename streets and buildings named after Confederate leaders, slave owners, and others who played active roles in oppressing Black people.

Driving the news: The years-long effort to rename D.C.’s largest public high school, Woodrow Wilson, recently led to disagreement between the Bowser administration and the D.C. Council. 

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 20, 2021 - News

It's a long road Back2Good for Metro

A Metrorail station escalator
Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein for Corbis via Getty Images

With over half of Metro’s trains still out of service, yesterday mornings rush hour gridlock is expected to last for several days until the 7000 series trains are cleared to return for service.

Driving the news: No big names are calling for a shakeup at the top of Metro, at least not yet. But Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is considering summoning Metro leaders to Congress for a hearing on the fiasco.

Metro railcar issues go beyond recent derailment

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The 7000 series Metrorail fleet abruptly pulled from service had at least 31 wheel-based failures over the past four years, the National Transportation Safety Board disclosed Monday morning.

The revelation came in the wake of last Tuesday's Blue Line derailment, which NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy said could have been a “catastrophic event.”

Why it matters: This is the worst news for Metro as it tries to win back riders, and it throws cold water on the promise that the Washington region is ready to fully reopen.

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
Oct 18, 2021 - 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.