Tag: Life & Style

Single and looking in DC? Turns out you’re in the majority

WASHINGTON — Are you celebrating Singles Awareness Day on Friday? If you are celebrating in D.C., it turns out you’re not alone. According to research by Move.org, a website that helps people find movers, D.C. is home to the nation’s loneliest group of people. But take heart: That means the person next to you in […]

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Hundreds brave frigid temps in skivvies for annual fundraiser

WASHINGTON — For the past 10 years, people have gathered to run through D.C.’s cold streets in their underthings as part of an annual effort to raise funds for research to find a cure for neurofibromatosis — a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to grow throughout the nervous system. This year, people taking part […]

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DC attorney general: ‘We’re not targeting the archdiocese’ with mandatory-reporting bill

WASHINGTON — With the past two archbishops of D.C. — Cardinals Donald Wuerl and Theodore McCarrick — at the center of the national discussion on clergy sex abuse, the District’s attorney general is proposing legislation to add clergy to the list of “mandatory reporters.” Why now? “We’re not targeting the archdiocese, or any other religious […]

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Medical marijuana dispensary is first of its kind in Southeast DC

WASHINGTON — Some VIPs are visiting a new medical marijuana dispensary in Southeast D.C., which they say is providing a new level of cannabis access to residents. The ceremonial opening of Anacostia Organics began with a prayer and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s blessing. “Sometimes we can laugh and giggle about marijuana, right? But it’s big […]

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Everything must go from WTOP’s Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center

WASHINGTON — Psssst, buddy, you wanna buy a microphone? By now, you likely know WTOP is just weeks away from moving into a brand-new Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center — and most of the stuff in the current #GENC is up for sale. Auction, actually. See all WTOP equipment in the auction.  After 30 years on Idaho […]

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36 million meals ‘are never going to end hunger’: DC Central Kitchen reflects on 30 years

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Earl Pass felt as if he was being followed. The D.C. resident was just released from prison after serving a 14-year sentence, and nearly everywhere he went — job fairs, his halfway house — Pass ran into representatives and recruiters from DC Central Kitchen. Taking it as a sign, and […]

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Fur-loughed: Georgetown gets kitten lounge pop-up

WASHINGTON — What could be more Georgetown-hipster than booking reservations to hang out with soft, adorable, homeless kitties in a cat cafe? How about a pop-up kitten lounge. What’s being called the first-in-America place to rest, relax and interact with kittens between the ages of three-to-six months will open in early March, at 3109 M(eow) […]

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Breaking into DC’s freelance economy? Tips for first-timers

WASHINGTON — Whether you call it gig economy or freelancing or career independence, more and more people in the Washington area are breaking out on their own. For those newbies, reality sets in when they realize they are not only the talent, but also the payroll department, finance department, human resources department and procurement department. […]

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DC passes bill to issue marriage licenses during shutdown

WASHINGTON — Good news for lovebirds: Marriage licenses will soon be issued in D.C. again. The licenses have been unavailable during the partial government shutdown because D.C. Superior Court decided issuing them was a nonessential function. At the request of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation Tuesday called the Let […]

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Science on screens: Expo highlights benefits of video games in education

WASHINGTON — Rafael Brochado’s passion for science started at a young age, but childhood poverty kept the Portugal native from pursuing a traditional career in the field. So instead, he taught himself how to make video games. “Eventually, when I was good enough at making games, I decided [to] marry my love of science with […]

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How old is your car? DC ranks high for keeping cars 15 years or more

WASHINGTON — Nationwide, the average length of vehicle ownership is at nearly seven years and rising, but in the D.C region, many drivers are keeping cars even longer. New and used vehicle marketplace and automotive research firm iSeeCars ranks Washington No. 9 among cities for long-term vehicle ownership. It says 11.4 percent of original owners have […]

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Reviving the retro soda shop: Buffalo & Bergen grows with second location

WASHINGTON — Six years ago, when veteran bartender Gina Chersevani told friends she wanted to open a soda bar in D.C., the typical response was, “What the heck is that?” And she didn’t exactly have an answer at the ready. “I didn’t know, because one didn’t exist, so I had to come up with a […]

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6 restaurants to look out for in 2019

WASHINGTON — The D.C. area’s restaurant bubble continues to grow, but it’s not bursting just yet. Close to 100 eateries opened in 2018 — from grand dining rooms to street-food stands — and 2019 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year for the taste buds. What, exactly, is in the works? Washingtonian executive food […]

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Fancy to fast-casual: The best restaurants of 2018

WASHINGTON — It was another banner year for D.C.’s dining scene. Five local restaurants were nominated for Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America list (Maydan made it to No. 2), and 16 restaurants were awarded Michelin stars in the 2019 Guide (up from 14 in the 2018 Guide), including The Inn at Little Washington, […]

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My Take: Despite shutdown, plenty folks stay open

Even in the shutdown, some folks have to stay open Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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For a showstopping holiday dessert, make a soufflé (recipe)

WASHINGTON — If you’re looking for a showstopping dessert to add to your holiday spread, consider a soufflé — because nothing says drama like a cake that magically rises from a ramekin and deflates with a single strike of the spoon. The classic French dish can be prepared as a savory side (Julia Child is […]

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DC population tops 700K, including 9,700 babies

WASHINGTON — Seems like D.C. is the place to be. The District’s population hit a milestone this year, reaching 702,455 as of July 1, 2018, according to population numbers released Wednesday by the Census Bureau.. The District’s population has grown every year since 2006, including 100,000 residents added since the 2010 Census. According to the […]

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New DC restaurant launches pay-what-you-can menu to foster accessibility

WASHINGTON — When Johnny Spero developed the concept for his new Georgetown restaurant, Reverie, a project two-and-a-half years in the making, the 32-year-old chef kept his focus on one word: approachable. He wanted to build a space that could cater to neighbors in search of a weeknight glass of wine and a burger (made with […]

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First lady spreads anti-bullying message at DC kids’ hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital on Thursday, reading a story about a Christmas ornament named Oliver who is bullied by other ornaments in a family’s collection. “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year,” the first […]

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SPiN pingpong social club comes to National Press Club building

WASHINGTON — New York-based SPiN will open one of its artsy, funky pingpong clubs in time for the holidays at 1332 F St. NW in the National Press Club building. It will be SPiN’s eighth location in North America. The first opened in New York in 2009. Other locations are in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, […]

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Closure of Toys R Us poses challenges for Toys for Tots

WASHINGTON — The closure of Toys R Us is creating problems this year for charity Toys for Tots, which has relied on the chain for donations of money and toys. Toys for Tots has struggled to fill the nearly $8 million hole left by the company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. […]

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