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Hospitals claim D.C. births spiked in wake of government shutdown

A long time ago, clear across an entire academic year, tragedy struck in Washington, D.C. For two weeks last October, the federal government shut down. That whole time, Vox wondered what the members of Congress and the rest of the federal government’s employees were up to. Some District hospitals claim to have a funny little answer: making babies.

The Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington delivered 99 more babies in April, May, and June than they did during the same stretch in 2013, and the Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. said that they’ve averaged three more births per day in July compared to last year.

It looks like in this power-hungry, career-focused city, an unexpected vacation allowed the worker drones to get in touch with their physical sides.

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Comments of the Week: The Corp and the rise of the proletariat

Last week, Vox reported on the Corp’s new prices, the University’s decision not to consider changing Georgetown’s rules about marijuana until the federal government does so, and one D.C. resident’s trouble buying alcohol in New Hampshire.

Jose79845 starts us off by pointing out the obvious.

It’s probably true, students will smoke copious amounts of pot on campus just as they did before the new law.

And Adam Smith lays a free market-style smackdown on the Corp for raising prices in one go to account for wage increases through 2016.

Let me get this straight… DC’s minimum wage went from $8.25 to $9.50 per hour on July 1 yet the hourly rate for Corp employees is going from $8.25 to $11.50?!? Why not wait until the DC minimum wage rate goes up to $11.50 in two years time before incresing Corp costs that need to be passed along to strudents? Could it be that those who are deciding on the wage increase are also benefitting from such increases? Taking advantage of customers under the guise of government mandate will serve the Corp management well in Wall St careers.

 

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D.C. weed decriminalization or legalization will not change rules on campus

Marijuana decriminalization went into affect this week in D.C., despite Congress’ best attempts to stop it with their usual budgetary tricks. Laxer cannabis use laws in the District, however, will have no bearing on Georgetown’s own rules and regulations of the drug.

In an email sent to Vox, University Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh confirmed that the legal status of marijuana in D.C. does not in any way change things on Georgetown’s property.

“Georgetown University complies with local AND [sic] federal laws,” Pugh wrote. “Federal law prohibits possession, manufacturing, [and] use of marijuana. We do not have any plans to change the student code of conduct.”

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New Hampshire store rejects District resident’s license when he tries to buy alcohol

3864305116_e13ee8b9da_oOn July 4, inhabitants of the District of Columbia no doubt celebrated America’s 238th birthday with the same enthusiasm as the rest of the nation. Caught up in the holiday’s patriotism and pyrotechnics, it may have been easy for them to forget that, in ways large and small, their home isn’t fully a part of these United States.

They were reminded a day later when D.C. resident Travis Mitchell, aged 25, was denied alcohol at a New Hampshire grocery store because his District-issued driver’s license could not be considered legal proof of age under the state’s liquor law.

According to the Concord Monitor, the New Hampshire statute requires purchasers of alcoholic beverages to prove that they’re at least 21 by means of a driver’s license issued by any of the 50 states, among other forms of documentation. D.C., of course, is not a state.

While Mitchell was unperturbed by the grocery store’s strict interpretation of the law, he and his license reportedly had better luck at a neighboring purveyor. The rebuff he received generated enough ire to draw comment from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, who directed the state liquor commission to look into the matter. Yesterday, the commission released a statement confirming that District-issued photo identification is, in fact, acceptable documentation when purchasing liquor in-state.

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Prefrosh Preview: Workin’ it out

Along with GPA jockeying, Netflix binges, and drinking until you can’t feel feelings, staying in shape is among the Georgetown student body’s top priorities.

In fact, according to Business Insider’s 2014 ranking of “25 Colleges Where Students Are Both Hot and Smart,” Georgetown snatched the number four spot, and we definitely didn’t earn that prestigious honor without some old-fashioned sweat and tears at the gym.

Yates Field House is the central hub of physical well-being on campus. Yates has many options for individual and group workouts including a variety of cardio and strength training equipment, an indoor track, a swimming pool, volleyball, racquetball, and basketball courts, personal training, group fitness, and spin classes.

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Corp raises prices in response to D.C. minimum wage hike

The Corp conducted a 3 percent average across-the-board price hike in response to the increase in D.C.’s minimum wage rise to $9.50 from $8.25 on July 1. Customers will see price increases across the Corp’s services, which include its coffee stores, Vital Vittles, and Hoya Snaxa.

In an interview with Vox, Corp Chief Executive Officer Sam Rodman (MSB ’15) explained that the wage increase has raised wages 40 percent from the Corp’s previous hourly wages of $8.25, which apply to all employees, from the baristas to the CEO himself.

“We would have to generate an additional $70 in gross profit per hour just to make up for the increase in wages,” Rodman wrote in a July 9 post on Behind the Counter, the Corp’s blog. The Corp will also have to account for rises in vendor costs, which the Corp has already seen go up by 7 to 8 percent in its coffee suppliers.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Escape from Cleveland

Georgetown Heckler is almost exactly correct with this one: Vox‘s roommate is the only other person who has gone back to the wastes of Cleveland.

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Comments of the Week: Cool comment, bro

Last week, Vox covered Georgetown sailing’s victory at the World Championships, the possibility of weed decriminalization’s being on the ballot this fall, and gave the Prefrosh a look at LGBTQ at Georgetown.

Bud is seriously jealous about all of the bud that will be legal in the nation’s capital.

If D.C. actually does legalize marijuana how is this even fair?! My state treats it like one of the most dangerous narcotics out there and yet the same place that makes all the rules and regulations for the country it will be totally legal???

Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves after seeing what this country has done with this issue. Absolutely sad and ridiculous. At the very least it has been an eye opener for the rest of the nation on how politics and money are actually used against the citizens of this country.

It’s becoming like an endless loop, everyone knows it should be legalized and taxed but the government just won’t let it go… Over and over again, just sad.

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Marijuana activists gather over 57,000 signatures in favor of legalization

Last January, a Washington Post poll found that 63 percent of D.C. residents were in favor of legalizing marijuana, with only 34 percent opposed. On Monday, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign took one big step towards aligning city law with the will of the people. The group presented a petition with more than 57,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections, hoping to have the issue of marijuana legalization put on the November ballot.

If more than 22,373 of the signatures are ruled as legitimate, then the city’s voters will be deciding on the matter this fall. D.C. Cannabis Campaign Chief Adam Eidinger said in an interview with DCist that “more than 50 percent” of the signatures are valid, which, if true, would safely guarantee legalization a spot on the ballot.

If voters choose to legalize marijuana this November, up to two ounces of bud will be permitted for personal use, as well as up to three mature cannabis plants.

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Vox Gets Into Treble: Limelight

Limes are back!

In case you didn’t notice how expensive the limes were last time you were shopping at Whole Foods, this spring was The Great Lime Shortage of 2014. After prices of limes skyrocketed to more than $125 for a 40-pound box of limes (up from the usual $12), you can finally relax. No more hijacking of lime shipments by Mexican drug cartels and no more Huangbinglong, or citrus greening disease, as it’s called. You can finally put limes in your salsa, guacamole, and Corona.

In celebration, Vox brings you a playlist that’s guaranteed to bring your summer back into the limelight.

Blood Orange – Uncle ACE (a/jus/ted Remix)

Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)

Kitten – Cut It Out

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