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@miss_malaska tweets us:

“calling for backup and arresting 4 attorneys @ rec softball on the #Mall”

A reader also forwards an email:

“…as my team was leaving the Mall yesterday, there were 3 park police cop cars by a softball team (not our league) on the ellipse. 4 softball players were handcuffed in the back of the car. We asked the team what happened, and they said the cops came over and said they had warned teams about beer last week and were arresting people for open containers this week. Not tickets, not citations, HANDCUFFED IN COP CARS.

While this offends me on so many levels (this is an arrestable offense? you warn one softball player and assume everyone has been warned? etc), I strongly recommend you DO NOT drink beer on the Ellipse. So far I haven’t seen any action taken on the Mall side of Constitution but be careful.”

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Looks like the Virginia crisis/threat has been averted. From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a final agreement between the District government and D.C. United that clears the way for D.C. United to build a new soccer stadium in the District of Columbia. The signed agreements include improved deal terms which will result in better financial protections for District of Columbia residents, clarify the size and timeline of the stadium, and strengthen community engagement. The Bowser Administration will submit legislation to the Council of the District of Columbia for final review. (more…)

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Photo courtesy Capital Rowing Club

From a press release:

“In partnership with US Rowing and Concept2, the Capital Rowing Club will host the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day  on Saturday June 6, 2015.   National Learn to Row Day is an opportunity for the greater DC community to come out and enjoy a revitalized Anacostia River. The day’s events will take place at the Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St., SE) from 12:00pm – 3:00pm in a fun, safe, pressure free environment.  The afternoon will include an introduction to the fundamentals of rowing where you will learn the basics of sweep rowing (a type of rowing when a rower has one oar, held with both hands).  People of all athletic abilities are welcomed to participate! Additionally, there will be information on hand about the wonderful programs offered by the Capital Rowing Club ranging from beginner programs for people of all ages to competitive racing for experienced rowers.

National Learn to Row Day was launched to increase visibility of the sport of rowing and create awareness of the health benefits.  Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to 90.  It is never too late to give rowing a try. To participate in National Learn to Row Day, follow the registration link (sign up here).  Capital Rowing Club is also recruiting volunteers to assist with National Learn to Row Day.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event contact membership@capitalrowing.org.

Join Capital Rowing Club, the largest community rowing program in Washington, on June 6th for National Learn to Row Day! More information on Capital Rowing programs is available through the Club’s official website, www.capitalrowing.org.

Event Details:

Saturday, June 6th12pm to 3pm ET

1900 M Street SE, Washington DC (click for directions)

Questions? Email membership@capitalrowing.org.”

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A reader writes in: “The Women’s World Cup is June 6 – July 5. The first US game is June 8. Would love to find somewhere to cheer on the US Women’s National Team.”

Mark your calendars for June 12th in Dupont Circle:

“In Washington, DC Embassy of Sweden is venturing outside with program events in the beautiful Dupont Circle National Park. Swedish culture, sport, music and more will be showcased through exciting events.

June 12 – USA vs SWEDEN
FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer Game (awaiting broadcast confirmation) Join us for festivities from 5 PM, program ahead of game kick-off 7:30 PM.”

Anyone know of other good spots to watch the tournament?

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Planned Stadium in DC at Buzzard Point Rendering courtesy DC United

From the Washington Post:

“Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is making a last-minute bid to persuade D.C. United to build its new stadium in Loudoun County, and the team’s ownership — despite having spent more than two years negotiating a deal for a D.C. stadium — appears to be listening.”

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From Change.org:

“We realize it is not mandated by law that your facility provide any accommodations, however we implore the organization to consider the fans and their families who love coming to games with their nursing and bottle-fed babies, but do not want to be isolated from enjoying a game we have paid a ticket to see. Additionally, for mothers who may be away from their children for the extended period that a game lasts, it would be courteous for the Washington Nationals organization to provide a space for pumping mothers to take a break in a private, sanitary space to express milk as necessary while attending a baseball game.

An ideal sanctioned Family space in Nationals Park would be ADA-compliant and include:

Comfortable armchairs for the nursing and bottle-feeding parent
Outlets for plugging in breast pumps
Counter space for diaper changing
A sink, trash cans, possibly lockers for renting
HVAC temperature maintained at a level which would be comfortable in a Dressing Room type of environment
Possible adjacency to the children’s play area
Privacy from the passing crowd
Display and sound of the live baseball game

We compel the Washington Nationals organization to consider this upgraded amenity to Nationals Park in order to better provide the team’s fans with an experience and accommodations to be expected from a family-friendly organization.”

You can read the full petition here.