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July 5, 2012 / Christian Clansky

FDA approves at-home HIV test…DYRS school to be featured on Rock Center tonight…Massive increase in cultural institutions between ’94-’08 [News, 7.5.12]

RECORD | We’re on track to (maybe) break some heat records. Triple digits are predicted through Saturday, culminating that day in a balmy (ha!) 105 degrees. Sunday is supposed to be a chilly 98 and then we’ll hopefully snap this thing going into next week. In the meantime, drink lots of water, eat lots of ice cream, and sing along.

HIV/AIDS | The FDA has approved a rapid, at-home HIV test that delivers a result in 20-40 minutes via a mouth swab:

The availability of an H.I.V. test as easy to use as a home-pregnancy kit is yet another step in the normalization of a disease that was once seen as a mark of shame and a death sentence.

The test, from OraSure Technologies, will be available in October, though a price point hasn’t been set yet. (NYTimes, 7/3)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | Tune in to NBC’s Rock Center at 10pm tonight for a special segment on the Maya Angelou Academy. The school is housed inside the District’s New Beginnings Youth Development Center (formerly known as Oak Hill) and the Chelsea Clinton-hosted segment will look at the academy as a national model of success. See a preview here.

EDUCATION | Following the departure of Prince George’s County schools chief William Hite and his deputy, Bonita Coleman-Porter, the county faces a tough challenge in filling its top two spots. (WaPo, 7/5)

ARTS | The University of Chicago released a report that looks at cultural institutions built between 1994 and 2008 – also known as “the good years.” The report finds that 725 new facilities and expansions were built during that period at a cost of more than $15 billion. The big question: did we overdo it? (Atlantic, 7/5) There’s still no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles museum, so I don’t think we’ve reached our potential yet.

TRANSIT | The Silver Line (Phase II) survives! Loudoun County Supervisors approved their portion of the funding in a 5-4 vote. (WAMU, 7/3) We’ll finally be able to take Metro to Dulles! But not til 2018.

NONPROFITS | Court’s Health-Care Ruling Offers Little-Noticed Threat to Nonprofits (Chronicle, 7/2) “[I]f lawmakers voted to impose restrictions on tax-deductibility or tax exemption, they would not face any constitutional obstacles.”

LOCAL | I was in one of the lucky neighborhoods that didn’t lose power after last week’s storm. The reason – buried power lines. In the wake of the massive power outages, which seem to have become fairly frequent in recent years, Greater Greater Washington looks at what it would cost to bury the region’s lines. (GGW, 7/3)


Hope you all enjoyed the Fourth. As usual, the Mall’s fireworks show was fantastic. San Diego’s? Well…depends on your expectations. Their show was only fifteen seconds long, but it sure was impressive. A technical glitch set off every single firework at the same time. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Just a reminder – no Daily on Fridays this summer. Enjoy the weekend, stay cool, and we’ll see you on Monday.

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