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Jamal Khashoggi, the staff of Annapolis’s Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have all been named Time’s Person of the Year under the grouping “The Guardians”—people who speak up and risk their lives to unearth facts, no matter the cost. “For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians are TIME’s Person of the Year.”
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Laugh factory: Funny or Die—that viral video site-cum-production company—is seeing some major changes to the DC bureau. Read the exclusive from Washingtonian on why one long-time Obama administration alum is leaving Funny or Die’s political arm.
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What we have cooking at Washingtonian:
- Has Washington reached peak newsletter? (Except this one, of course.)
- DC’s “resistance hotel” is kicking off its “woke” twist on the storied Washington book talk series with Senator Cory Booker.
- The owner of Rasika is opening a Mediterranean restaurant called Olivia in the new year
- Hon hon hon, we’re getting more French food, mon ami! (How’s my accent?) The Hilton Brothers, responsible for Marvin and Chez Billy Sud, are opening a new Parisian bistro in the Mosaic District.
- Be still my Caribbean heart—a Trinidadian restaurant is coming to H Street, with all the oxtail and roti one could ever hope to eat.
Our pick for things to do around town:
YOGA VIDA Fitness is hosting “Chaturanga and Cocktails” at District Distillery as a fundraiser to benefit Thrive DC. For a donation of at least $5, spend an hour doing yoga with VIDA instructor Alexandra Chili. When it’s over, reward yourself by trying “skinny” versions of District Distillery cocktails. All funds raised will benefit Thrive DC, which provides clothing and supplies to DC’s homeless. Bring your own yoga mat. $5 (or more), 6 PM.
The Capital Gazette staff on their lives after five coworkers were killed in a newsroom shooting. (Time)
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