Mayor Bowser extends Covid’s public emergencies
Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended DC’s Covid-19 health status until January 2022. The emergency ordinance was due to expire earlier this month, but the extension will allow measures such as federal emergency aid and recovery grants in connection with the pandemic to continue. The order also keeps DC’s Emergency Operations Center partially or fully active, the WTOP reported.
DC lawmakers are calling for changes to the guidelines for clearing homeless camps
A homeless man was hit earlier this month by a small bulldozer, an incident that has lawmakers in DC demanding changes. Some councilors are calling for guidelines to change how the city conducts its homeless camp camps, while others want the clearings put on hold. DC recently implemented a new pilot program to clear four homeless camps in Truxton Circle, Foggy Bottom and two in NoMa, according to DCist.
Man beaten by Woody Harrelson on Watergate faces charges
Actor Woody Harrelson beat a man after he refused to stop photographing Harrelson and his daughter on the roof of the Watergate Hotel last week. Witnesses said the other man, not Harrelson, who is in town filming HBO’s “The White House Plumbers,” was aggressive. He will be charged with taking pictures of the actor and his daughter and refusing to stop and delete the pictures after Harrelson asked him to, NBC4 News said.
National Zoo Lion survives Covid-19’s Deadly Delta variant
The Smithsonian National Zoo’s African lion Shera became infected with the deadly Covid-19 Delta variant and barely survived, according to Craig Saffoe, curator of the big cats. The 335-pound cat would not eat or drink, had failing kidneys and was anesthetized on the floor of her cabinet with an IV drip. The staff resented whether she suffered too much or not, and whether euthanasia was the answer. However, with plenty of fluids and extra care from zoological staff, Shera got through and is doing much better.
Wendy’s at Dave Thomas Circle bends out
The infamous Wendy fast food restaurant, notoriously hard to reach at the intersection of Florida and New York Avenues and First Street NE (nicknamed Dave Thomas Circle, after Wendy’s founder) closed late last month. Lines during the last business day reached about two dozen in both the driveway and inside the restaurant at any given time.