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D.C.-area Valentine's Day takeout deals

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Want a romantic evening with your special someone without fighting for an elusive restaurant reservation? We've got you covered with these Valentine’s Day takeout deals and meal kits. 

  • Pro tip: Place your orders early as these options are likely to sell out quickly. 

New library exhibit explores Emmett Till's life and murder

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A new exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library explores the life and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, whose death was a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

Why it matters: The exhibit is designed to educate kids ages 10 and up during a time of rising opposition to education on race and the history of racism in school. The exhibit doesn’t flinch from showing the disturbing details of Till’s murder or the images of his dead body.

How to watch D.C.'s new Major League Pickleball team

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Washingtonians have loved pickleball for a while, and now we have a professional Major League Pickleball team to root for. 

Why it matters: The League is backed by sports giants including LeBron James and Tom Brady. Eva Longoria, Kate Upton, and NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. are all part of the D.C. team’s ownership group.

First Lady Jill Biden's dresses displayed in Smithsonian

First Lady Jill Biden with designer Alexandra O'Neill, who designed her daytime dress and coat. Photo: Jacklyn Nash, courtesy of the National Museum of American History

Who says a wardrobe can't be historic?

The National Museum of American History is now home to First Lady Jill Biden's 2021 Inauguration Day wardrobe.

Why it matters: The museum's First Ladies exhibit is about more than just fashion. It also tells the stories of the contributions and accomplishments of our country's first ladies.

Free Lunar New Year events around D.C.

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Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with one of these free events.

Congressional Cemetery's Death Doula helped me write my obituary

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👋🏻 Hi, it’s Chelsea and I wrote my own obituary.

  • The seemingly morbid task was an activity offered last weekend at the Congressional Cemetery, courtesy of their new Death Doula in-residence.

Why it matters: Death is inevitable, and Death Doula Laura Lyster-Mench wants to help us openly talk about it.

Five D.C.-area MLK Day opportunities

The Martin Luther King Jr. monument in D.C.

Remove litter, pack food, or make Valentine's Day cards. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Spend your long weekend giving back with these opportunities around our region.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Jan 9, 2023 - News

D.C. has a star on "The Circle"

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Season 5 of the Netflix hit “The Circle” has a local contestant to root for: Raven Sutton, the show’s first Deaf contestant.

Catch-up quick: Contestants on the reality show compete in a virtual popularity contest, vying to become, well, basically the coolest of them all. Some contestants catfish as other people, but Sutton has come into the game as herself (along with her friend and interpreter Paris McTizic).

💃🏾 Here are five things to know about Raven:

  1. She’s 27, a disability advocate, and an ASL performer.
  2. She can dance.
  3. She graduated from Gallaudet University in NE D.C.
  4. She’s all over Twitter, live-tweeting the show and doing Q&As with fans.
  5. She’s single — and yes, that plays a huge role on the show (but no spoilers!).

📺 How to watch: The first eight episodes of this season are on Netflix.

ICYMI: Season 2 featured then-Capitol Hill researcher Savannah Palacio. A Washingtonian named Frank Grimsley went very far in Season 4.

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