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Good Monday morning!

🌤 Today's weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 38.

📍Situational awareness: COVID-19 cases were down 72% in D.C. on Friday, from a peak of 288 cases per 100,000 residents on January 4. New data are expected today.

  • As the surge in cases declines sharply, DCist reports the region has seen an uptick in COVID-19 deaths, mostly among the unvaccinated.

Today's newsletter is 833 words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: 🚗 Hide your keys, hide your car

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Car thefts have been top of mind for Washingtonians in recent weeks, especially after D.C. Council candidate Nate Fleming was carjacked at gunpoint earlier this month.

The big picture: Cars have been a hot target for thieves during the pandemic as car prices have skyrocketed thanks to supply chain shortages.

By the numbers: Similar to other crimes, car thefts have increased in recent years in the District.

MPD data found that there were almost 7,000 car thefts in D.C. from January 2020 to now, an increase from previous years.

  • As of last Friday, there were over 200 auto thefts in the District this month.

Zoom in: Carjackings are also up in D.C. MPD shared data with Axios showing there was an 18% increase from 2020 to 2021 and a staggering 153% increase from 2019 to 2020. As of January 20, there had been 37 carjackings in D.C.

  • In 2021, 49 adults and 100 juveniles were arrested for carjacking. That’s way up from 59 juveniles arrested for carjacking in 2020.

Be safe: To avoid getting your vehicle stolen, MPD advises against leaving it running, which can be tempting in colder months. Drivers should also keep their cars locked, double-check to make sure they have their keys, and be alert.

2. No card, yes entry

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One D.C. bar appeared to continue to defy D.C.’s vaccine mandate this weekend, despite racking up at least one $1,000 fine, according to Washingtonian.

Driving the news: The Big Board on H Street, which initially received warnings last weekend from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for not displaying signage regarding the mask mandate, tweeted this weekend that “nothing has changed” since their last tweet also hinting they will not follow the mandate.

  • The bar also said it had to briefly close on Saturday afternoon due to “unforeseen circumstances” but was seen open with patrons inside later on Saturday evening.
  • The Big Board has not responded to Axios' requests for comment.

Despite the defiance, the bar has found some support among conservatives. A correspondent with the Daily Caller has received more than $12,000 in donations via a GoFundMe he says will be donated directly to the Big Board.

Worthy of your time: What would eventually happen if the Big Board, or any other restaurant, continues to ignore D.C.’s vaccine mandate? Washingtonian’s Jessica Sidman asked lawyers who say the bar is at risk of being shut down.

  • And one professor told Washingtonian that they’d have little hope of a legal challenge in court, as the mandate is city law and they operate within the city.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t been vaccinated or need a booster shot, here’s where to go this week.

3. Around the Beltway: Help wanted

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🔎 The feds are investigating the board overseeing D.C.’s $10 billion pension funds for public workers. (Washington Post)

Ⓜ️ DCist wrote a “job posting” for what the next general manager of Metro could expect.

  • Perks: The highest salary for a transit chief in the country. (DCist)

❌ Low-wage workers who comprise the nursing home industry — made more stressful during the pandemic — are quitting the profession in large numbers. (Washington Post)

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4. Looking ahead

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Yeah, Mondays are rough, but the good news is there’s still a lot to look forward to this week. End January on a strong note with these events:

🧠 Monday, Jan. 24: Grab a hot drink and a group of friends and head to Wunder Garten for Monday trivia night. An incentive to do your best: There are prizes and entry is free.

🥌 Wednesday, Jan. 26: It’s not too late to train for the Winter Olympics. Head to the Wharf with up to three teammates to practice your curling on an outdoor ice rink. No skates are needed, but if you’d rather just watch, enjoy a sample cocktail from BEVY Long Drink — a traditional Finnish beverage — on the sidelines.

👩🏽‍🏫 Thursday, Jan. 27: Join American University Professor Elizabeth Rule for a virtual lecture on the history and presence of Native Americans in the D.C. area. This informative session will include a discussion on an app she developed to help people better connect with indigenous history.

5. 🏆 Sports Capital: National champions

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🏀 The Sidwell Friends School girls basketball team won a national title on Saturday, cementing their mighty status and continuing their 11-0 winning streak.

  • The #1-ranked Quakers won the 2022 Girls Basketball Invitational trophy in Minnesota, beating DeSoto from Texas, 60-55. (Highlights)
  • Three players are listed in ESPN's top 10 for their class, including senior and UCLA recruit Kiki Rice, junior Jadyn Donovan, and sophomore Kendall Dudley, Washington City Paper reported last week.

⛹️‍♂️ The Wizards lost 87-116 to the Celtics yesterday, taking the team's record to 23-24.

🏒 The Capitals play the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at home.

  • They beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

⚽️ League officials approved changes for the Washington Spirit's management group, possibly allowing Y. Michele Kang to become the team's controlling owner after turmoil within the club. (WTOP)

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