Here are the top stories for Tuesday
Virginia reports most daily virus-related deaths since start of the pandemic
Coronavirus figures released by the District, Maryland and Virginia on Tuesday showed 6,384 additional cases in the region and 165 deaths.
The Washington region reported 165 fatalities Tuesday, the most daily coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. The confirmed cases Tuesday are roughly three times the number of daily cases reported around the region in May and June, according to The Washington Post’s tracker.
More than 14,000 people from the District, Maryland and Virginia have died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Those who have died include activists, writers, firefighters and pastors. They worked in grocery stores, drove public buses and taught children. Read about their lives here.
In the past seven days, the District has reported 1,441 new cases.
In the past seven days, Maryland has reported 14,434 new cases.
In the past seven days, Virginia has reported 32,250 new cases.
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Washington’s past: Moon rock lands in D.C.
Two months after launching into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in July 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins came to Washington — and they brought some souvenirs.
Armstrong and Aldrin collected 49 pounds of lunar material while on the moon, according to Teasel Muir-Harmony, a curator of the Smithsonian’s Apollo Spacecraft Collection. (Collins remained in the command capsule in orbit during the 21½-hour lunar landing.)
The two-pound lunar rock in the photo above, which bears the catchy name “10020,” was the first piece of lunar material on display for the public. At the time, Muir-Harmony told The Post the rare rock was compared to the Smithsonian’s Hope Diamond.
The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall didn’t exist yet. Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins attended a private ceremony at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, where they took pictures with the lunar rock. The Smithsonian event was one calendar item in a long line of parades and other events held across the country for the astronauts.
This photograph was taken by Marion S. Trikosko and is dated in a collection from the Library of Congress on Sept. 16, 1969, but according to other photos and articles of the event, the private event at the Smithsonian was on Sept. 15. The next day, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins addressed a joint session of Congress.
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Sea-level rise is ‘the hidden threat’ for Anne Arundel waterfront homes
Joan Stansfield loves the homes she sells in Shady Side so much, she bought two for herself.
The Anne Arundel County town has become her escape from the bustle of Washington, where she practices real estate sales. She can watch the sunset on the Chesapeake and catch crabs off her dock.
“You get off Route 4 and it’s just like, ‘Phew.’ This boulder comes off your shoulders and the stress comes off. . . . It’s chill, raw rustic beauty,” she said.
Shady Side and southern Anne Arundel “are on fire with people buying. Prices are ramping up.”
But those dream homes could become a nightmare, according to scientists who say sea level rise is coming to flood homes and vital roads in areas such as Anne Arundel County. Stansfield didn’t know this because, like homeowners and real estate agents around the state, she wasn’t given information scientists say is vital to the future of homes like hers.
These Turkish brothers found their calling in D.C., championing the Black music scene
Turkish filmmaker Umran Safter has a special place in her heart for Washington. She had the international premiere of her first documentary feature, “Eye of Istanbul,” at the 2016 Washington, DC Independent Film Festival, where it won the award for best of the festival.
Her new film brought her back to D.C. for the story of Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, the brothers behind Atlantic Records, and their early years as sons of Turkish ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun. The Erteguns, she says, “resisted all sorts of political pressure in the 1930s and 1940s” as they regularly hosted “Black jazz artists on special jazz evenings at the Turkish Embassy in Washington.”
As teenagers, Ahmet and Nesuhi were smitten by jazz when they heard Duke Ellington play in London and were excited about moving to his hometown. But when they arrived, they were disappointed to find how racially segregated the city was. “When I first came to Washington, the stores downtown didn’t carry any jazz records or blues records,” Ahmet said in a 2002 interview. “I had to go to the Black section of Washington for the shops that sold records of the music we wanted to buy.”
Residents ask high court to block removal of Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue
RICHMOND — A small group of residents seeking to keep the state's giant statue of Robert E. Lee standing on Monument Avenue filed an appeal Monday with the Supreme Court of Virginia, arguing that a lower-court judge erred in ruling that Gov. Ralph Northam (D) could remove the figure.
The filing came hours after the Northam administration had workers erect metal fencing around the statue, saying it was preparing to take Lee down if the high court cleared the way.
“That’s wishful thinking,” said lawyer Patrick McSweeney, who represents five residents challenging Northam’s action.
A spokeswoman for Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) noted Monday that his office has asked the court to expedite its handling of any appeal, and the court said it would consider the request.
What to know about the coronavirus vaccine rollout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
The vaccine for the novel coronavirus is now available in the D.C. region. But the rollout has been bumpy, and many residents have questions about how local governments are administering doses. Here’s what we know right now.
Who can get a vaccine right now in the DMV?
D.C., Maryland and Virginia, like most of the country, are vaccinating health-care workers and people living in nursing homes. The District is offering doses to residents 65 and older and to public and charter school teachers and law enforcement officials. Most of Virginia is offering doses to residents 65 and older as well as front-line workers and people with underlying health conditions. Maryland is vaccinating seniors 65 and older, along with teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, day-care providers and other essential workers.
Is there enough vaccine for everyone who is now eligible to get one?
At the moment, no. Every state gets a new allotment of doses each week. When the District and parts of Virginia opened vaccine appointments to senior citizens on Jan. 11, they had far fewer doses available than the number of seniors eligible to claim those appointments.
Mount Pleasant has quietly become a national model for resisting gentrification
On Monday afternoon, June 1, the city of Washington was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Seven days after the killing of George Floyd, scenes of mobs, flames, cops and chaos looped endlessly on screens large and small, interrupted only by images of boarded-up windows and now the spectacle of a phalanx of uniformed soldiers routing peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square across the street from the White House.
I was sitting an 11-minute drive north of the mayhem at the carryout end of the Marx Cafe bar in the neighborhood of Mount Pleasant. The regulars who lined the bar — masked and (sort of) socially distanced — stared up in appalled silence at a TV as the president hoisted a Bible. The country was disintegrating during happy hour. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 7 p.m. curfew order was fast approaching. The crowd thinned.
Across the street at the Best World supermarket, co-owner Young Pak was closing early. Pak and her husband bought the store a decade ago and have served the neighborhood ever since in economical style. The store’s large, unprotected plate-glass windows looked vulnerable to the worst of intentions floating in the Washington air that night. Pak locked herself in, and I hurried home.
Perspective: Dogs are the heroes of this pandemic
The dogs are here, and they’re the ones saving us, in so many ways.
Thank you, Chica, our sweet terrier mix from Puerto Rico, for every night you knew to curl up just behind my knees when I couldn’t fall asleep, fretting about school and riots and my family.
Thank you, Glitch, our lanky old hound from New Orleans, for knowing the right moment to put your head on my angsting husband’s knee. You did that little thing with your eyebrows — scientists say dogs developed eyebrow communication to better connect with us — looked at him with your caramel eyes, wagged that white tip at the end of your black-whip tail, and defused World War III.
And thanks to them both for racing into the boys’ rooms like a nurses’ brigade when one of them began raging in frustration over the 763rd hour of Zoom school or a fight with a friend or a blowout in Overwatch, and pressing your furry bodies to them like big, warm poultices of love and comfort.
Speaker at D.C. pro-Trump rally charged with encouraging mob
A prominent speaker at a “Stop the Steal” rally held by Trump supporters in Washington the day before the storming of the Capitol was taken into custody Monday on charges of impeding police during the riot.
Brandon Straka, 44, of New York was arrested in Nebraska on a felony charge of interfering with police during civil disorder, and illegal entry and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds.
The arrest came as federal prosecutors in court filings condemned what they called the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which delayed the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory, led to the deaths of four rioters and one police officer, and resulted in assaults on about 139 Capitol and D.C. police officers.
“Every person who was present without authority in the Capitol on January 6 contributed to the chaos of that day and the danger posed to law enforcement, the Vice President, Members of Congress, and the peaceful transfer of power,” U.S. counterterrorism and public-corruption prosecutors wrote Sunday in documents for one arrestee who had been photographed with zip ties in his hand during the riot.
Washington Monument went unlit Sunday, officials say
On Saturday, officials announced that the Washington Monument would be closed out of coronavirus concerns. On Sunday night, the monument’s exterior lighting did not go on, and it almost may have seemed that the great obelisk and famed symbol of Washington was fading away.
But that’s not so. On Monday, the National Park Service said the outage was “caused by the failure of the timeclock that turns the lights on each evening and off in the morning.” While a faulty part was being replaced, the Park Service said, the lights would be operated manually, to keep the monument illuminated nightly.
It appeared on Monday night that the 555-foot tall masonry structure once again formed a gleaming part of Washington’s night skyline.
It remained unclear, however, when the monument would again be open to visitors.
On Saturday, the Park Service said the monument would be closed “until further notice” to protect staff and visitors against the coronavirus.
The closing was consistent with guidance offered by local and federal authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Park Service said.
Businessman Pete Snyder joins race for Virginia governor
RICHMOND — Pete Snyder, a social media pioneer, investor and former Fox News contributor, will seek the GOP nomination in this year’s race for Virginia governor, promising to be a disrupting force in state politics.
After flirting with a bid for months, Snyder, 48, will release a campaign video on Tuesday that touts his business savvy while slamming outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat trying to reclaim the office he held from 2014 to 2018.
“My career has been about building businesses, creating new industries, making dreams become reality — all while disrupting the status quo,” Snyder says in the video. “We’ve had eight years of failed leadership by Northam, McAuliffe and the rest of the career politicians. It’s clear we need change.”
A fifth Republican, former Carlyle Group executive Glenn Youngkin, has filed paperwork to establish a campaign and indicated he will formally announce his bid soon.
Mother heard gunshots before finding 22-year-old son fatally wounded in Southeast D.C.
Edward Wade got his coffee from a corner store on Good Hope Road in Southeast Washington on Monday morning but wanted something else. He headed across the street to another market as his mother waited for him in her car.
The moment he disappeared inside, Christine Wade heard gunshots. She ran into the store to find her 22-year-old son dying. Police said four other men were wounded in the shooting just before 9 a.m. at the market in the heart of Anacostia.
“I can’t even describe it,” Christine Wade, 39, said later, noting that her son had graduated from Anacostia High School and was attending college in Richmond. “I was numb. I was just rubbing his head and touching his neck to see if had a pulse.”
Edward Wade died in the store as his mother watched and police and paramedics arrived.
D.C. warns a maglev stop at Mount Vernon Square would bring disruption
A station for a maglev train line that would take passengers from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes could alter a D.C. neighborhood and bring more vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area, District officials said Monday.
A maglev station in the Mount Vernon Square area has the potential to change the character of the neighborhood and bring “substantial construction and long-term operational implications on nearby properties,” Andrew Trueblood, director of the D.C. Office of Planning, said in a statement that urged residents and city leaders to engage in the federal review of the multibillion-dollar project.
The 40-mile “superconducting magnetic levitation train system,” commonly called a maglev, is planned as the first leg of a system that would carry passengers from Washington to New York in an hour. D.C. leaders are urging public engagement during the planning process, but the city has not officially taken a position on the project.
Murder suspect staged scene after beating, police say
After attacking his friend with a baseball bat and a knife, Maryland court records allege, Jose Lara-Chacon faced a choice: Call 911 immediately, flee or create an alibi.
Lara-Chacon went with the alibi, according to prosecutors.
“He placed the knife back in his deceased friend’s hand to make it seem like the friend had attacked him,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Haynos said in court Monday.
District Court Judge Sherri Koch ordered Lara-Chacon, 24, of Wheaton, held without bond pending further court actions.
“The allegations in this case are extremely violent,” Koch said.
Lara-Chacon is charged with first-degree murder in the Friday night death of Dimer Josue Diaz Martinez, 21. Authorities say Lara-Chacon hit the victim twice in the head with the bat and slashed his throat with the knife.