The benches in Dupont Circle have been repainted. How do I know? I just spent ten minutes scrubbing black paint off of my white pants. Fortunately, the enamel is more sticky than wet, so it marked my clothes, but didn't set into the fibers. So if you head out there tonight, avoid all of the benches, not just the ones that have been roped off. If you're more observant than I was, you'll see all of the newspapers stuck to the tacky surface of the wood.