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Top Three FREE Things To Do To Beat The Heat

Top Three FREE Things To Do To Beat The Heat

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- With temperatures rising, it may not come as a surprise to see the cash in your pocket book dropping.

Air conditioner bill goes up.

A constant need to buy bottled water.

And always having to give into the kids- “Mommy, can I have an ice cream?”

We hit the streets to find all things free in the DC area- well maybe just a few summer opportunities here and there. Take a break from the scorching heat, cool down and stay safe with our list of the “Top 3 FREE Things To Do To Beat The Heat:”

1.      Catch some sun at the local swimming pool, splash pad, sprinkler system or fire hydrant:

DPW to Collect Trash, Recyclables Starting at 6 am the Week of July 25

DPW to Collect Trash, Recyclables Starting at 6 am the Week of July 25


This story comes to us from Linda Grant:


The DC Department of Public Works announced today that its trash and recycling crews will begin their collections an hour earlier, at 6 am, the week of July 25, due to predicted 90° and above temperatures and the effect of the 90° plus heat index. 

Second Arrest Made in the Homicide of Solomon Reese


This arrest notice comes to us from Tisha Washington:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest in the fatal shooting which occurred in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road, SE.


AC Breaks Down In Heat, Disturbs DC Summer Campers

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- About 30 young campers at the Brentwood Recreation Center  in Northeast were relocated after the facility's air conditioning broke down under the extreme heat. An AC repairman arrived to fix the problem.

This morning the campers were moved to Langdon Park Recreation Center for the day. 

"We didn't want to leave the kids there for any amount of time so we transferred them to a site that's close so that they can still have a fun camping experience today," says John Stokes, the Chief of staff of DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation. Stokes says the AC stopped working sometime between last night and this morning.

D.C. Named One Of The Most Expensive Cities To Visit In The Nation

D.C. Named One Of The Most Expensive Cities To Visit In The Nation

Think Washington, D.C. is expensive to live in?  Well, according to TripAdvisor, it's incredibly expensive to visit as well.

Today, TripAdvisor released its "TripIndex", a chart that compares tourism expenses for 50 major international tourist cities and 15 domestic cities.


Anacostia Pool Hours Adjusted

Anacostia Pool Hours Adjusted

The District of Columbia has activated its multi-agency heat plan in response to forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS) calling for temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees over the next several days, with heat-index values predicted to reach as high as 115 degrees. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible. The multi-agency heat plan will remain in effect as long as the daily high temperature reaches 95 degrees or higher.

DC's Licensed Gun Dealer Could Set Up At Police HQ

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The office of Mayor Vincent Gray says DC's only licensed gun dealer is considering setting up shop at the police headquarters.

Charles Sykes lost the lease to his offices in Anacostia in late April.  Since then, District residents have been unable to legally purchase handguns and bring them home. Federal law prohibits residents from buying handguns in other states and bringing them into the District. Three residents have sued over that law, saying it violates their Second Amendment rights.

With Sykes as the only licensed gun dealer and being without a location, no one can register a handgun in the District and that puts the city in violation of the 2008 Supreme Court decision that overturned DC's ban on guns.