City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: Sure Is Hot Out There! Edition

Good morning, folks. If you managed to avoid yesterday’s mind-numbing heat, don't worry—you get another shot at experiencing it today. And tomorrow, maybe; temperatures are expected to hover around 100 degrees for a little while longer. So take advantage of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s decision to open all outdoor pools two hours early, at 11 a.m.  Maybe you could take the office on a swimming excursion?

An unknown person dumped grease on U Street overnight, closing the stretch between 9th and 16th streets. The District Department of Transportation is working to clean up the mess, which has created slick conditions for drivers. The perpetrator has yet to be identified; City Desk recommends authorities start by talking to people who have access to enough grease to cover seven blocks.

Although many Washingtonians may have nightmares of being stuck in a train without any air conditioning (or at least, I do), the worry generally goes unspoken. But Amtrak has made this hellish scenario a real possibility—at least, by suggesting it could very well happen. The company recently announced that it will be prepared for any train malfunctions along the Northeast corridor during this heat wave. Extra water will be stored on board, and rescue trains are positioned every 30 to 50 miles along the tracks.

The death of William and Mary law student, Joseph Doyle, who was killed on July 4 after being hit by a Metro car, does not appear to be foul play, according to the Post. Doyle was found shortly after 3 a.m. pinned beneath the Orange Line train headed to New Carrollton. Despite the initial report that Doyle’s injuries were not fatal, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported him to an area medical center in “grave condition.”

Climate activist Ted Glick won’t be facing any jail time for unfurling two banners in a Senate office building, reports WaPo.  Glick is the policy director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and was arrested after displaying banners in the Hart Senate Office Building, which urged the creation of more green jobs.

Stay cool!

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  • Mr. Bigglesworth

    Maybe the grease truck was on its way to the Wilson Building...

  • Blue Pen

    Good for Ted Glick!

    Finally, someone willing to truly stick their neck out.


  • Rick Mangus

    Ditto, for Ted Glick for once a good ruling from the DC Courts!