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Ashley Dejean

News Assistant

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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Gandessa Orteza is heading to the country she left when she was five to bring relief to those impacted by the typhoon. When the extent of the damage from devestating storm became clear, she immediately knew she wanted to be on the ground. "After watching the impact a lot of these natural disasters that have occured in the past few years...I couldn't just sit idle anymore, I co...
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Virginia regulators have approved a request from Dominion Virginia Power to lower what it charges customers. The State Corporation Commission says the move will trim the average monthly bill for a residential customer by $3.70 starting Dec. 1. Spokesperson Chuck Penn says power is costing less than Dominion originally projected in the summer due to mild temperatures ...
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Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a Virginia man caught on tape hurling insults at a Muslim cab driver, but leaders of an Islamic civil rights group say they're not giving up. A staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the group is asking the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Ed Dahlberg. Cab driver and Iraq wa...
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The District's largest private hospital is cutting jobs due to increasing financial pressure. Exactly how many people are losing their jobs at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is unclear, but in an internal email President John Sullivan says the hospital is "about 120 positions over budget" this year according to the Washington Business Journal. Managers getting...
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Republican Mike Pantelides won the Annapolis mayoral election after a count of provisional and absentee ballots Friday night.  The 30-year-old mayor-elect defeated incumbent Josh Cohen by fewer than 60 votes.  The race was called Friday night after elections officials spent more than 24 hours counting the ballots. With the initial tally, the race was too clos...
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Adam Kokesh, the libertarian activist who posted a video of himself loading a shotgun at Freedom Plaza, is pleading guilty to marijuana possession and weapons charges. Kokesh was released from D.C. jail after appearing in court today. He pleaded ...
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The online lottery to attend the National Christmas Tree lighting opens today. Those hoping to attend the ceremony have until 10 a.m. on Monday to enter online or by phone. There are 3,000 seats of 14,000 standing-room spots available through the lottery. Tickets are free.Winners will be notified by email on Nov. 7 and will also be able to check the status of thei...
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A civilian has been transported to a hospital with life threatening injuries after a fire engine and another vehicle collided. Four firefighters were also injured in the collision and three have been transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A spokesman for the fire department says it appears the fire engine was leaving a scene when it was stru...
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Prince George's County police are using a helicopter and multiple K9 teams in a search for a man who sexually assaulted two women and robbed several individuals at gunpoint this afternoon in Hyattsville. The first incident occured around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when the man followed two women into the woods after they left their apartment building in the 6700 block of Belc...
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The Smithsonian Institution is facing a $65 million budget cut this year under automatic funding reductions approved by Congress, which could lead to furloughs or museum closings if the cuts persist for the year ahead. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough says the museum complex has trimmed its budget for the past year to absorb federal funding cuts, but now may have to turn t...
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The NFL says it will meet with representatives of an Indian tribe from New York that is campaigning for the Washington Redskins to change their nickname. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says a meeting was scheduled for next month and could happen sooner. The Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium on the issue in Washington Monday to coincide with the NFL owners' meetings...
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A federal appeals court says two Virginia college newspapers can run advertisements for alcohol despite a regulation the state says is intended to curb illegal underage drinking. The Fourth U.S. District Court of Appeals in Richmond has concluded the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission ban is unconstitutional as it applies to The Cavalier Daily at the Uni...
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Starting October 1, the cost of new SmarTrip cards will drop from $5 to $2. Once the price drops though, riders will not be able to exit Metro with a negative SmarTrip balance of less than $1.50 to exit the station. Riders will have to add more value to their card using ExitFare machines. But those machines only accept cash and coins. So Metro is asking riders to sign up for...
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Reports that a U.S. Capitol Police team arrived within minutes of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard but was told by a supervisor to stand down is prompting some people to ask whether Monday's death toll could have been lower. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine is ordering an investigation into the force's response to the shooting, which left 13 people dead, including the ...
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The six-alarm fire that burned down an Alexandria warehouse on Labor Day appears to have been intentionally set, and city officials have identified a person of interest. Officials with the Alexandria Fire Department say they have ruled out all accidental causes for the fire after conducting an investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ca...
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a same-sex wedding Saturday in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court. Ginsburg officiated the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and John Roberts, a government economist. Kaiser says he asked Ginsburg to conduct the ceremony because she's a longtime friend. The priv...
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The son of D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana in Virginia earlier this month. Police say they observed Marion Christopher Barry, 33, driving a gray PT Cruiser erratically in Hampton around 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 16. Police found what the officers belived to be marijuana on Barry's person, ...
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A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. David Kwiatkowski was accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital in New Hamphire and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his own blood. He worked at 18 hospitals in seven states before being...
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Police in Montgomery County have arrested a music teacher at a Silver Spring elementary school and charged him with 14 counts of child sex abuse and various other charges, including second degree rape. Lawrence Joynes, 54, was taken into custody at his home in Dundalk. He'...
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Cleanup work is continuing at the National Cathedral following vandalism at two of its chapels. Cathedral staff say that while paint has largely been removed from the gilt wooden reredos in the Children’s Chapel, green paint that was splattered on a pipe organ's façade and keyboard, wood paneling and the floor would take longer. "A team of conservators is busy car...