Downtowner DC June 6, 2018

Mayor Is Now Mommy
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced late last month that she had adopted a baby girl. Bowser began her adoption journey at the end of 2017 and ended up advancing in the process faster than expected. The mayor decided to name her daughter Miranda Elizabeth. In a statement, she said that she is thrilled and nervous about becoming a new mom and asked the public for their prayers.

Copperhead Spotted Near National Mall
A copperhead snake was spotted in a park near the National Mall in late May. The only venomous snake in the city was found wrapped around a chain-link fence, NBC-4 reported. If you come across one, you are advised to stay calm and back away slowly. The good newsis, the snakes often eat rodents, so maybe D.C.’s rat population will trend downward.

More Hours of Drinking in July
Get ready to celebrate until the wee hours this summer, should you be so inclined. Mayor Bowser signed a bill into law allowing restaurants and bars to extend the hours they serve alcohol. The city is expecting thousands of additional visitors around the time of the MLB All-Star Game, which will be in D.C. July 17. In addition to the new 4 a.m. closing, approved businesses will be able to stay open 24/7 from July 14 through 18. Cheers!

Progress on Bond Bread Project
Howard University has released a list of interested parties — including PN Hoffman, JBG Smith and EastBanc — as it looks to move forward with the development of the Bond Bread Factory site at 2146 Georgia Ave. NW. The university hopes to transform the building into a “24-hour work, shop, eat, live and play destination” modeled on Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

Metro to Stick With Reduced Hours
Metro voted last month to keep the late-night service cuts that have been in place since the summer of 2016, when evening hours were reduced due to SafeTrack. The system will continue to close at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; at 1 a.m. (the following morning) Friday and Saturday; and at 11 p.m. Sunday. Before the changes, Metrorail stayed open until midnight on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Louis-Dreyfus to Get Mark Twain Prize
The Kennedy Center announced the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Dreyfus graduated from Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, in the 1970s. She later starred on “Saturday Night Live” and “Seinfeld” and now plays Vice President Selina Meyer on “Veep.” Louis-Dreyfus is the sixth woman to win the prize, created in 1998, and the first in five years, since Carol Burnett won.


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