Downtowner News: Metro Ridership Up, D.C. Gov’t In!
By July 12, 2021 0 813•
D.C.Government Employees Back in Office
As of today, D.C.Government employees are back in their offices. They’llbe greeted with lots of welcome back perks including free food, Pilates classes and festive balloons. Mayor Muriel Bowser had an official welcome back celebration at 11 a.m. at the Department of Employment Services.Many workers have been out since the pandemic began in March 2020. While some are ready to return, many others are hoping to arrange a hybrid schedule, working from home at least part-time.
Uber Eats Carjacking Suspect Sentenced to Juvenile Detention
A teen involved in the carjacking death of an Uber Eats driver has been sentenced to juvenile detention. The girl, 14, will bedetaineduntil age 21.She and another girlused a stun gun to carjack 66-year-old Mohammad Anwarnear Nationals Parkon March 23. Anwar held on to the open driver’s side door and one of the girls hit the gas pedal. The car hit a curb and landed on top of him, WTOP reported.
As the summersets in, peopleare spendingmore time outdoors. During the warmer months, ticks are typicallymost dangerous for disease transmission. They’reeasily able to hide in clothes and on our furry loved ones. According to Alex Cumbie, a postdoctoral researcher atthe disease ecology lab ofVirginia Tech Assistant Professor Gillian Eastwood,Cumbie’sseeing more ticks than usual so far. NBC Washington reported that ticks are usually the size of a poppy seed.
Arrest in Washington Monument Area Crash
An arrest was made after a vehicle drove toward a crowd of people on the Washington Monument grounds over the July 4 weekend. The U.S. Park Police said Jack Joseph Dessin, 38, from New Jersey, hit a security barrier with his car on the southeast side of the grounds. The Washington Post reported no one was hurt. Dessin was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and destruction of government property.
Metro Hits Highest Ridership since March 2020 on (Surprise Surprise) July 4
On July 4, Metro riders topped 210,000, DCist reported. The number was the highest single-day total since March of last year, when the pandemic began. Metro riders have fallen about 85 percent since the health crisis started. However, the city’s mass transit useis still nowhere near what it was. During July 4, 2019, there were over 400,000 riders on Metro.
Howard University Announces Two New High-Profile Faculty Members
Pulitzer Prize winnerNikole Hannah-Jones andNational Book AwardwinnerTa-Nehisi Coates will be joining Howard University asprestigiousfaculty members. Hannah-Jones is the creator of The New York Times’ 1619 Project. She willbecomethe very first Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications. She’ll also found the Center for Journalism and Democracy. Coates, an alum of Howard,isreturningas the Sterling Brown Chair in the Department of English. He’sbest known for hisnovels and journalism addressing issues ofrace andpolitics.Hefirst got his start at theDCCity Paper, according to the Washingtonian.
Jack Evans Set to Pay Fines for Violations
Beginning July 1, former Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans will be paying hefty fines due to ethics violations. According to the DC City Paper, Evans is set to paytheD.C.government $2,000 per month for the next two years and two months. This news comes after Evans didn’t pay the$55,000 he owes for violating ethics ruleswhilein office. This latest agreement is the third signedbyEvans. The first two (signed in August 2019 and May 2020) had deadlines that have longsince passed. Since July 1, Evans has paidonly$3,000 of the full total he owes.