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Lafayette Square on Wednesday evening. Photograph by Evy Mages

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Happy Friday Jr., Washingtonians. (Yes, we’re rebranding Thursdays. Get used to it.) Tribune Media has terminated its agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group and is suing Sinclair for breach of contract; the National Park Service is considering charging free-speech demonstrators; Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the anniversary of last year’s Unite the Right rally; and oppressive, swamp-like humidity is in your future. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more through the day.

Our Things to Do picks for Thursday:

THEATER: If we were going to turn a 1993 movie into a musical, it would be Richard Linklater’s 1970s-set high-school flick, Dazed and Confused. But we’ll settle for this new theatrical take on Dave, the charmingly goofy film about a presidential impersonator who becomes the actual commander in chief. Arena Stage, $66-$125.

Today’s free fitness class, by Kim Olsen:

Grab your mat for happy hour Pilates in the park. Register, sign the waiver, and get yourself to Farragut Park before Labor Day. Connecticut Ave. and K St., NW.

It’s a plan! Let’s catch up, shall we?

•  Brennan Gilmore decided to share video footage of a car plowing into counter-protestors at last year’s Unite the Right rally. Soon after, his life was taken over by trolls.

Now he’s suing Alex Jones

•  The inside scoop on how George Washington University tumbled off a ranking of most politically active students, and how students from rival American University stole their thunder.


• A group of distance runners wants to empower other black women on the track.


• Ever think about those apocalyptic Metro announcements? Us too. We wrote Metro some more, free of charge.


•Airbnb is willing to boot users affiliated with the upcoming Unite the Right 2 rally.


Around town:

Some media companies are hiring security for their reporters.  (Politico)

The DC Metro is still an absolute mess. (Washington Post)

“Inside President Trump’s voter fraud crusade.” (Atlantic)

Take a break…

Much Ado about Lettuce. (The New Yorker)

News from home:

Become your office VIP and submit your workplace for Washingtonian’s Best Places to Work feature.

Pre-sale tickets for Taste of Georgetown are on sale now. Do it for the ‘gram.

Leave your Restaurant Week questions now for Ann Limpert’s weekly food-and-dining chat on Friday.

Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.