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Melissa Holzberg: This week’s best and worst

Melissa Holzberg, a junior majoring in political communication, is The Hatchet’s opinions editor.

In case you missed it, here’s the best and worst news from around campus and the District this week.

Thumbs up:

Warm up your singing pipes, because another karaoke bar is coming to the District.

SingSing Karaoke Palace opened Wednesday in the Atlas District neighborhood on H Street NE. The operators of Sticky Rice, the Asian-fusion restaurant next door, opened SingSing. And although there’s already a well-known karaoke bar on the other side of the H Street corridor in Chinatown at Wok and Roll, SingSing will be the only private karaoke room bar in Northeast D.C.

Before you say it’s easier to just head to Wok and Roll, it only takes an extra 10 minutes to Metro or Uber to SingSing from campus. Plus, SingSing is open later: On Friday and Saturday nights, you can karaoke until 3 a.m., while Wok and Roll closes at 2 a.m. The two karaoke bars offer different sized rooms with comparable pricing – a room for 10 to 12 people costs $45 per hour at both bars – so if one karaoke place doesn’t offer the right songs for you, head down H Street to the other.

Sticky Rice will offer its full food and drink menu to SingSing-ers, and the karaoke palace is open to all ages. If you want to sing your way through summer in the District, or if you’re looking for a new go-to spot on the weekends when you get back to school in the fall, reserve a room at SingSing online.

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Commuters at the Cleveland Park Metro station were in for a slippery surprise Tuesday night. Following some severe thunderstorms in the District, commuters were forced to slog through knee-high water at the Cleveland Park station and up flooded escalators. Red line trains had to bypass the station for two hours.

Even though the flooding wasn’t WMATA’s fault, the red line experienced longer delays at the end of Tuesday night due to the out-of-control water levels. Given that commuters have already had longer delays and more difficult routes because of Metro’s SafeTrack plan, even more disturbances aren’t happily endured.

The Cleveland Park station is susceptible to flooding, because it’s located at the bottom of a hill, according to WMATA officials. But WMATA officials also said that flooding like this has never happened before, and they had to close the station because the water brought sediment into the station.

The obvious lesson from this is simple: Wherever your internship and D.C. explorations take you, remember to pack a pair of rain boots for your Metro commute.

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