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Shutdown hits health centers
Mary’s Center, the second-largest medical provider for low-income patients in the District, has not yet turned away a patient seeking treatment but is feeling the strain of the federal government shutdown. Half of the Center’s 30,000 patients are enrolled in Medicaid or D.C. Healthcare Alliance.
The Center was meant to receive $585,000 from D.C.’s Department of Health and the Department of Health Care Finances on October 1, reports Washington City Paper. But because of the shutdown, the money was never received.
Wayne Tunage, director of DHCF, sent a letter last week explaining that the DCHF “cannot access local funds in the District’s budget,” and therefore the government will suspend all Medicaid.
Mary’s Center chose to stay open despite the fact that, if the government shutdown continues until the start of the next pay period on October 18, employees will not be paid. It is also not guaranteed the Center will be retroactively paid for the services it provided even after the government is no longer shutdown.
“It’s absolutely unconscionable that this is happening to these immensely important organizations,” Pedro Ribeiro, Mayor Vincent Gray’s spokesperson, said. Unfortunately, there is little local government can do to help the center.
Redskins or Pigskins?
Members of New York’s Oneida Indian Nation tribe held a meeting Monday to discuss a potential change for the Washington Redskins’ team name, which they consider to be racist.
The meeting took place at Northwest Washington Hotel, the same place the National Football League owners hold annual fall meetings.
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The “king of beers” is also the king of emergency room visits. While only making up 9.1 percent of domestic beer sales, Budweiser is implicated in the more emergency room visits nationwide than any other alcoholic beverage.
Roughly a third of emergency room visits in the United States involve patients who had been impairing their decision making with various intoxicating beverages. If that sounds like a serious public health issue, that’s because it is. Researchers at Johns Hopkins wanted to study the relationship between marketing, choice in alcohol, and risky behavior.
After Budweiser came Steel Reserve Malt Liquor: while making up a paltry 0.8 percent of the U.S. beer market, it accounted for 14.7 percent of hospitalizations—nearly the same proportion as Budweiser. Two other malt liquors, Colt 45 and Bud Ice, come in third and fourth. Bud light and Barton’s Vodka, a discount brand, place fifth and sixth.
In fact, the menace here seems to be malt liquors. While only responsible for 2.4 percent of the domestic beer market, malt beverages were the choice of 46 percent of revelers-turn-emergency room patients. Of course, malt liquor has a considerably higher alcohol content than regular beer.
The preliminary study only looked at 105 patients at one hospital in Baltimore, the further research could determine the best ways to prevent alcohol abuse.
“Some products are marketed to certain groups of people in our society,” Traci Toomey, the director of the University of Minnesota’s alcohol epidemiology program, told NBC News. “So we might want to put some controls on certain products if we find they are tied to greater risk. But how they are marketed and priced is critical information and that has been very hard to study.”
Vox would guess that most of the hospitalizations among Georgetown students would involve Burnett’s and Natty light. Whether bad decisions (such as maple syrup Burnett’s) leads to more bad decisions (getting GERMS’d) would be particularly of interest.
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For those lucky enough to be over 21 and in the District this week, D.C. Beer Week has started, during which D.C. residents and tourists can appreciate all things local and beer.
D.C. Beer Week, which started Sunday, brings forth eight days full of beer dinners, tap takeovers, meet-and-greets with local brewers, and the opportunity to sample out-of-state ales.
D.C.’s local brewery scene has grown steadily over the past few years. In this year alone, D.C. residents attended similar, beer-related events during the March Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, tasted many American beers during American Craft Beer Week in May, and enjoyed local beers during Eat Local First Week just last month.
In fact, this year’s key events are bigger than ever before, including a craft beer tasting at Nationals Park and a concert with up-and-coming bands at the Howard Theatre. This event, as well as other major events of the week, are targeted at casual beer drinkers, giving them an opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy an evening in D.C.
On the other hand, there are also events during Beer Week that offer D.C.residents a chance to expand their palates. These events will not only allow residents to try something new, but serve to educate them as well. For example, Lauren Salazar, the sensory specialist for New Belgium’s sour beers will teach classes on how to create these funky drinks at the Black Squirrel on Thursday.
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While the weather may suggest otherwise, spring and, with it, professional baseball have begun in D.C. This baseball season is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Nationals, who are predicted to be the best team in the majors. Before running off to the next game, however, consider bringing extra cash. Out of the 30 MLB teams, the Nationals sell the most expensive beer.
The average beer at a Nationals game costs $8 for 16-ounces, which is the same amount that the Yankees charged their fans last season. Maybe all the hype over their talented lineup has gone to the Nationals’ heads. It takes ambition to charge the same for a beer that the greediest team in baseball does.
The Nationals’ price is criminal, compared to some teams. The Cleveland Indians sell 12 ounces for $4, and the Arizona Daimondbacks have a glorious 14 ounce cup for $4.
The best way to avoid the pricey brews is to get to the game early; the full prices don’t kick in until after the first pitch is thrown. A special deal offers $5 drinks before the game.
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Don’t miss the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual free performance. This year they’re doing free showings of the Bard’s Julius Caesar starting tomorrow night through September 4. You can enter a ticket lottery or stand outside for the 200 free tickets being given away at the door. The shows will be at the company’s sleek and modern Sidney Harman Hall on 610 F Street, NW.
For the 21+ crowd, there’s D.C. Beer Week, with a slew of freebie opportunities. Tonight, be one of the first 50 people get to the Red Palace on 1210 H Street, NE, and get a free pint glass. Sam for the the Iron Horse Tap Room on 507 7th Street, NW. On Friday, there will be a free tasting of Breckenridge Brewery beers at D’Vines on 3103 14 Street, NW.
If free beer’s not your thing (of if you’ve already imbibed), head over to the Independent Film Series on Monday, August 23, at the Renaissance Hotel on 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, near Dupont Circle. Also, check out some of the free events in Rock Creek Park’s Carter Barron Amphitheatre, including the 7th Annual DC Poetry in the Park.
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