Your commute may feel a little riskier this evening if it takes you across a river: A report released today says that 215 bridges in the D.C. region, including three of the five that cross the Potomac — the Key, Memorial and 14th Street bridges, serving 215,000 vehicles a day — are in need of immediate repairs. As noted in this space yesterday, some area overpasses need work done as well.
• Arab Spring, American Fall. Hundreds of Coptic Christians, the predominant sect in Egypt, protested in Washington today, demanding President Obama put pressure on Cairo’s interim military regime to protect their rights. Religious tensions in Egypt have escalated since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak, sometimes resulting in violence.
• Workforce 404. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is reacting to reports that its revampted USAJobs.gov site is slow and riddled with glitches by extending deadlines for applicants. The site has taken in 141,289 applications in its first eight days of operation.
• No preguntes, no digas. D.C. mayor Vincent Gray signed an order Wednesday forbidding the city’s emergency personnel from asking people about their immigration status. Increased checks have been a centerpiece of crackdowns on illegal immigration in other parts of the country, such as Alabama.
• Share the nostalgia. It’s Homecoming week at Howard University and The Root DC has extensive coverage. They’re asking readers to send in their photos from past celebrations.