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Washingtonian Today: José Andrés Wants to Buy the Washington Redskins

People line up outside the US Capitol to pay their respects to President George H.W. Bush. Photograph by Evy Mages

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This morning George H.W. Bush‘s funeral starts at 11 AM at the National Cathedral. Here is a list of world leaders who will attend. Most major networks will broadcast the service, which is not open to the public.

Progressive activist Claude Taylor installed a “Khashoggi Way” street sign outside of the Saudi Embassy. The sign is unauthorized, but there is a real initiative under way to rename a section of the street for murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Last week, DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson paused consideration of it, though, because DC law requires an individual to be deceased for at least two years before a public space can take their name.

Taylor was also behind the “Surrender Donald” graffiti on the Beltway.

Something you may have missed: José Andrés and David Chang batting around the idea of purchasing the Washington Redskins.

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What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• Why is Whole Foods trying to change a DC neighborhood’s name?

• The IRS explains what exactly it’s doing on Instagram and promises that it will stay off dating apps.

• Why is there a Turkish shoe stand in Union Market? We solved the mystery.

• More restaurant news: there’s a new Mediterranean market in Shaw with lemon-fava bean dip!

• Take a break from politics and look at this stunning pink and blue garden wedding in Potomac.

Our pick for things to do around town:

LECTURE The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s panel discussion “Breaking Boundaries in the Sky” centers on the experiences of women and people of color who have become commercial pilots in an industry typically dominated by white men. Speakers include: Beverley Bass, first female pilot to be named captain by American Airlines, whose story inspired the Broadway show Come From Away; Brad Lang, Delta captain and son of a Tuskegee airman; and Refilwe Ledwaba, a former officer and helicopter pilot for the South African Police Services. Free (advance registration recommended), 8 PM.

Good reads:

Margret Sullivan visited Mic five years before its mass layoffs and sale. Now, she wonders what the bursting digital bubble means for young journalists. (Washington Post)

What will happen to the anti-Trump conservative publication Weekly Standard now that its corporate sibling the Washington Examiner, which is more on board with the administration, plans an expansion? Employees are bracing for the worst, Oliver Darcy reports. (CNN)

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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.