News Bytes: Brassy 80th Birthday; COVID-19 & Car Meets Canal

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Granddaughter Bibs Riddell and daughter Colman Rackley Riddell with Betsy and Charles Rackley. Georgetowner photo.

BRASSY 80TH BIRTHDAY FOR MOM

Betsy Rackley, who turned 80 on April 24, was saluted by family and friends — properly distanced — and serenaded by the Crush Funk Brass band in front of her 34th Street home. The late-afternoon musical interlude delighted the Volta Park neighborhood.

SUBMERGE AHEAD: CAR MEETS CANAL

It’s becoming an annual tradition. Following inaccurate GPS guidance, a motorist drove into the C&O Canal last week. The driver, on Water Street, had headed west onto the Capital Crescent Trail. A report of a car submerged in the canal drew D.C. Fire & EMS to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. on April 30. No individuals were in the car or encountered during a search of the surrounding area. Found hours later walking along the Clara Barton Parkway, the driver was treated for exposure and hypothermia but declined medical attention.

COVID-19 IN D.C. WEEKS EARLIER?

A woman in her 50s returned from skiing in Italy in mid-February with flu-like symptoms.  after tests came back negative, her doctor thought it was just a false negative for flu, the Washington Post reported. But once she recovered, she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, contradicting the theory that the Rev. Tim Cole, rector of Christ Church, Georgetown, was D.C.’s “patient zero” in early March.

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