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Ashley Dejean

Nightside Editor

Dejean does a little bit of everything—from filing stories to keeping tabs on the latest local news. The youngest member of our news team got her radio chops interning for Houston Public Radio, where she won first place in the Texas AP Broadcasters Contest Best Feature-Light category. Dejean also interned at Washington City Paper and a local daily in Pune, India, before coming to WAMU.


Articles Written by Ashley Dejean

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D.C.'s Historic Preservation Board is designating much of the interior of the Corcoran Gallery of Art a historic landmark. That puts limits on what George Washington University, which took ownership of the space last year, can do with it. Back in 2012, the DC Preserva...
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The politically conservative Koch brothers have given millions of dollars to George Mason University over the years, and the school's leader is defending that money. Ángel Cabrera, the president of the Virginia-based public university, responded to concerns about influence that the funding raises ...
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A program designed to help black and Latino boys in school launched earlier this year has the green light from the D.C.'s attorney general after a Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) raised concerns about its legality. In response to legal concerns raised by Cheh, Attorney General Karl Racine says the Empowering Males of Color Initiative does not violate gender equality laws...
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As St. Patrick's Day revelry begins, safety groups are pounding the message: Don't drink and drive, because you have plenty of options to get home. Tuesday at James Hoban's Irish Restaurant in Dupont Circle, the music started playing early and the bartenders were preparing for a long day. But manager Scott Hall says the bar is participating in the ...
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With heavy snowfall expected in the region Thursday, there's a push in the District to lift a ban on sledding on what D.C.'s congresswoman calls "a perfect sledding venue." It's the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. During the last snowfall, local parent Lyndsey Medsker took her two young sons to go sledding at the Capitol, even though it's against the rules. ...
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Back in August, the attorneys general for Maryland and D.C. joined 27 other state attorneys in asking the U.S. Food and Drug administration to regulate e-cigarettes. And while the FDA is hoping to establish rules for e-cigarettes by June of this year, some local jurisdictions and states around the country are taking matters into their own hands. On Tuesday, the Montgomery Coun...
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As marijuana laws across the nation are loosening — D.C. and Alaska legalized the drug just this week — Virginia is taking a very small step in the same direction. Virginia lawmakers have approved a limited medical marijuana bill. It legalizes not pot, but oil derived from the cannabis plant. The medication can help control epileptic seizures without the side e...
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Controversial legislation that would have allowed Virginia to keep some details about the drugs used in capital punishment a secret has failed in the General Assembly. The Senate-approved legislation that was defeated in the House of Delegates aimed a...
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Leaders in the Virginia House and Senate say they've come to an agreement on a proposed state budget, and it could be a boon to local governments. This is the last week of the General Assembly session in Richmond, and budget negotiations seem to be going smoothly — a far cry from last year, when ...
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A federal court is extending the deadline for the Virginia General Assembly to redraw congressional districts after judges found the lines to be unconstitutional last year. Back in October, a federal court found the state's 3rd district unfairly grouped together too many black voters...
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Prosecutors say the D.C.-area rabbi accused of voyeurism secretly videotaped more than 150 nude women at a Jewish ritual bath. Rabbi Barry Freundel was initially charged with videotaping only six women, but at a meeting with victims at the U.S. Attorney's office this week, prosecutors divulg...
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Security officials at the National Zoo will begin conducting bag checks and screening guests on days with a high volume of visitors. The move comes after a shooting occurred outside the zoo on Family Day last April, wounding a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old. A 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty to ...
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The prominent rabbi accused of taking video of women in a religious bathing area in Georgetown is refusing to move out of the synagogue-owned home he's been living in. In an email to congregants, the president of Kesher Israel says the congregation's former rabbi Barry Freundel has no plans to...
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Schools around the country are closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but undergraduate students at Washington and Lee University are expected to attend class on the Lexington, Virginia, campus. The school will recognize the holiday starting next year, after a group of black law students successfully lobbied administrators. One of those students, Brandon Hicks, ...
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Marion Barry's son, Christopher Barry, is being investigated by police after allegedly threatening a bank teller and destroying a security camera. According to a police report, Barry became upset when the employee told him he couldn't make a large cash withdrawal yesterday, and launched a trash can over the 10 foot high security glass, which struck and destroyed a surveillan...
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The Maryland General Assembly convenes today for its legislative session, and Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin is reintroducing legislation aimed at making it easier for those who have been convicted of nonviolent misdemeanors to get a job. Sen. Raskin says he's re-introducing the "Second Chance Act." "This allows for the shielding of nonviolent misdemeanor ...
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This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. One woman died after smoke filled Metro tunnels and a Yellow Line train outside the L'Enfant Plaza station on Monday afternoon, prompting an evacuation and shutting down service between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square during the afternoon rush. Metro officials said that the woman, who had not been identified, p...
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Last year was a good one for same-sex couples in Virginia, as the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage was overturned. But while LGBT right groups are trying to build on that success, and the lawmaker who wrote that constitutional ban has introduced a bill many say would lead to di...
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In the Maryland city of Hyattsville, city council members have given initial approval to lowering the voting age in city elections to 16. That means Hyattsville may be the second municipality in both the region and the country to do so. A little more than a year and a half ago, nearby Takoma Park gave 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections. Counc...
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Several theaters in our region are showing the feature film The Interview, which Sony Pictures initially had pulled after threats of an attack, but released in about 200 theaters nationwide after reconsidering the decision. Bunny Khorana's phon...