Tag: Living News

A child’s mission to help grows into a coat drive for the community

WASHINGTON — Tatiana Sweeney stood in the cold outside Bin 1301 Wine Bar on U Street in front of tables piled high with coats for the Annual Warming Hearts Coat Drive. Now in its eighth year, the event began when her son was just 10-years-old. “I went inside the store and when I came out, my son […]

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Queer Tango: A dance class where anyone can lead or follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing under multicolored lights in a Columbia Heights studio, the tango instructor told her students to find a partner and practice the dance’s basic position, an intimate embrace between leader and follower. Without skipping a beat, Dhruv Sharma turned to a fellow student and asked a question rarely spoken in a partner […]

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New Dupont Circle beauty shop helps customers ‘flex their melanin’

WASHINGTON — As pop music blared through the speakers, customers packed into the Brown Beauty Co-Op in Northwest D.C. for its grand opening on Saturday afternoon. Makeup artists and hair stylists helped women perfect their looks before they posed in front of a wall of balloons or a neon sign to snap a quick selfie. […]

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30 years ago, Bombay Club introduced Indian to DC’s fine-dining scene

WASHINGTON — When Ashok Bajaj moved to D.C. from London 30 years ago, he arrived with one objective: to open a fine-dining Indian restaurant in the nation’s capital. Today, D.C.’s dining scene would be incomplete without one — or several. But the restaurant industry was drastically different in the late ‘80s. Most of the white […]

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OpenTable releases list of best DC restaurants

WASHINGTON — OpenTable is out with its annual 100 Best Restaurants in America, and while the D.C. restaurants that make the list have excellent reputations, many of the current darlings of foodies and the critics are missing. OpenTable bases its list on user reviews culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews between November […]

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OpenTable’s version of DC’s best restaurants

WASHINGTON — OpenTable is out with its annual 100 Best Restaurants in America, and while the D.C. restaurants that make the list have excellent reputations, many of the current darlings of foodies and the critics are missing. OpenTable bases its list on user reviews culled from more than 12 million verified diner reviews between November […]

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DC bagel shop cooks up crowds, even months after opening

WASHINGTON — When Andrew Dana first started working on the concept for Call Your Mother, a Jewish-inspired deli that opened in October in D.C.’s Park View neighborhood, he imagined it would be “a semi-sleepy” neighborhood bagel shop that drew a small crowd on the weekends. “I wanted to create a bagel shop that could be […]

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Parent-led play groups in DC may be exempt from day care licensing

WASHINGTON — A proposal to exempt children’s play groups from day-care type regulations is moving forward in the D.C. Council. The Council passed the legislation without debate on the consent calendar Tuesday night. The legislation will be up for a second and final vote on Dec. 18. The Parent-led Play Cooperative Amendment Act of 2018 is inspired […]

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Laura Bush: Tour of White House Christmas decor was ‘sweet’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush said her tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday made for a “sweet visit” during a somber week. Laura Bush also visited with friends who take care of the White House residence, where she and former President George W. Bush lived during his two terms in […]

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Bush 41’s ‘horrendous sense of good humor’ remembered

WASHINGTON — When people start swapping stories about former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, a church leader who will be at the funeral will be remembering what she calls his “horrendous sense of good humor.” The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, National Cathedral provost, joined the staff of Barbara […]

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Dining with the stars: What it takes to host, cook for ‘Honors’ celebs

WASHINGTON — With breathtaking views of Georgetown, the Potomac River and Theodore Roosevelt Island, The Kennedy Center’s River Terrace is a favorite gathering spot for preshow selfies and intermission musings. But on Sunday night, the overlook was a working kitchen. More than 100 cooks bustled about the tented terrace, pushing stainless steel carts past long […]

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Staying safe while completing in-person exchanges started online

WASHINGTON — It’s the season to be merry and bright, so holiday songs say. But for thieves, it can be just another season for taking other people’s things. D.C. police say they have seen an increase in robberies involving folks who meet up to complete transactions they started online using platforms such as Offer-Up, Let […]

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How to stay safe — and avoid being robbed — through online classifieds

WASHINGTON — It’s the season to be merry and bright, so holiday songs say. But for thieves, it can be just another season for taking other people’s things. D.C. police say they have seen an increase in robberies involving folks who meet up to complete transactions they started online using platforms such as Offer-Up, Let […]

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Watch your pipes as winter arrives

WASHINGTON — It’s the time of year when pipes and water main breaks start to spike, with water utilities averaging over a thousand repair calls every winter when temperatures plummet through February. But when a pipe bursts inside your house, or even in your yard, the responsibility to fix it falls on the homeowner. Depending on […]

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PHOTOS: Nationals Winterfest returns to the ballpark this weekend

WASHINGTON — Whether it’s to challenge a Racing President or to take a few swings in the batting cages where the players warm up, Washington Nationals fans have a lot to do this weekend. Nationals Winterfest takes over Nationals Park for the first time since 2011. The event, which is a wintertime tradition in D.C., […]

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DC clerk stalls marriage over ‘foreign’ New Mexico ID card

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to accept a New Mexico man’s state driver’s license as he sought a marriage license because she and her supervisor believed New Mexico was a foreign country. Gavin Clarkson told the Las Cruces Sun-News it happened Nov. 20 at the District […]

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Hometown hero Carla Hall reclaims, celebrates soul food in new book

WASHINGTON — When Carla Hall walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, she was overcome with emotion. Tears streamed down the celebrity chef’s face as she pictured others before her fighting for equal rights, only to be punished, or worse, killed. The stop in Selma was one of many for Hall, who was […]

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Here’s what the Children’s National DC research campus will look like

WASHINGTON — Children’s National Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week to mark the start of construction on its new Research and Innovation campus on 12.8 acres at the former Walter Reed Medical Center campus in Northwest D.C. It will be the first pediatric outpatient center in Ward 4, on Georgia Avenue in Takoma, and will […]

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DC names new director of night life and culture

WASHINGTON — D.C.’s restaurant and night life scene has been booming in recent years, and now the newly appointed person in charge of keeping it running is someone who is familiar with the job already. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has named Shawn Townsend as the District’s new Director of Night Life and Culture. It sounds […]

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PHOTOS: National Christmas Tree lighting 2018

WASHINGTON — The sights and sounds of the season made their grand appearance Wednesday evening with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree near the White House. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were joined by entertainers and a festive crowd on the Ellipse at President’s Park. Here’s a gallery of photos from the […]

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WATCH at 4:30 p.m.: National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

WASHINGTON – Continuing a nearly 100-year-old tradition, President Donald Trump will light the National Christmas Tree Wednesday evening. Expected traffic delays aside, the festivities will be hosted by model and actor Antonio Sabàto Jr. This year’s event features a number of country and Christian musicians as well as tenor Anthony Kearns. A livestream of the […]

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Judge: Trump hotel boost from presidency does not break law

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of breaking a law on unfair competition by using the presidency to attract customers to restaurants in his Washington hotel. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled Monday that the Cork Wine Bar may indeed be losing customers as […]

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