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A reader reports:

“Over the last week, I have watched as two enormous stages have been erected in the grassy area north of the monument. The whole area has been fenced off and there are generators and trailers everywhere. Finally curious enough about what was happening, I looked on the internet and saw this is part of a giant religious revival event which organizers claim will draw more than 350,000 people.

Be one of a million standing for Jesus on 7.16.16.”

Looks like they are expecting a whole lot of people. The footprint is enormous. And someone said the pope is going to be speaking to the crowd via video? Unconfirmed. Unsurprisingly, the music from the stage was really bad. Even more than other places, the Mall is packed with people playing Pokemon Go. If you can handle the crowds, the people watching on Saturday could be amazing.”

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1501 14th Street, NW. Photo by Laura Hayes

Another mystery solved! Been getting tons of emails/tweets about the scene outside Studio Theatre, like this one from Jennifer Darland:

“what’s being filmed at Studio Theatre on 14th? Trucks have been there for two days”

Nolan DiFrancesco with the answer:

Obama town hall on race is being broadcast from there tonight on ABC/ESPN

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Kristin (and many others) tweeted us last night:

“@PoPville loud helicopter has been hovering at a total standstill over Dupont area for over 10 minutes- super creepy”

N Wyre replied:

“there was a training exercise scheduled for yesterday… Not sure if this is it. 20 mins over our heads is long enough!”

MPD confirmed the military exercise though they said operation (not sure if that’s just semantics):

“My understanding from our command center is that it is a military helicopter conducting some sort of operation. They should be gone shortly.”

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Ed. Note: Now it may have been because I drank a giant bottle of cider but I just couldn’t stop laughing when looking at the bottom sign.

OP writes:

“After living in DC for 18 years this is the most confusing parking sign I’ve seen yet. On K Street.”

This was DPW’s response:

The signs means that after 6:30 pm you may pay to park for more than 2 hours (you can pay for the remaining 3 1/2 hours, during day time hours you can only park on those particular meters for two hours. The signs let citizens know that the meters are still in effect until 10 pm but you do not have to pay after 10:00pm

“…which still doesn’t make sense to me, as the “Loading Zone” sign states that there is no day time parking.”