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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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A woman has died and her two children have been injured along with several others in a multi-car crash in Anne Arundel County on Friday. Maryland State Police have identified the mother as 41-year-old Katherine K. Grooms, of Fort Washington. Police say her Honda Accord swerved across the grass median on Route 295 and collided head-on with a box truck heading in the op...
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National Zoo officials believe rain allowed Rusty to escape from what was thought to be a secure enclosure. That rain lowered tree limbs in the red panda exhibit, meaning Rusty could get closer to the edge of the enclosure. It also caused bamboo just outside the enclosure to bend over, creating a bridge perfect for Rusty's escape. The escape produced tense drama and a searc...
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Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans. The representatives say they've sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises. "Native Americans throughout the country consider the 'R-word' a racial,...
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The uncle of the suspected Boston bombers, who spoke out against the brothers after the attack, is helping with his older nephew's funeral. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, and three of his friends met with Funeral Director Peter Stefan in Boston to wash and shroud Tsarnaev's body according to Muslim tradition. Tsarni says he i...
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The District of Columbia's film office says Washington's Theodore Roosevelt Bridge will be closing temporarily on Sunday for a major motion picture. The film office says the bridge between the nation's capital and Virginia...
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A man from Virginia faces an assault charge after a Muslim cab driver says his jaw was broken in an attack, and now a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group is asking Fairfax County to prosecute the case as a hate crime. The cabbie, Mohamed Salim, is a naturalized citizen and Iraq war veteran from Great Falls. He says he recorded an obscenity-laced video prior to the alleged a...
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After 17 years, a brood of cicadas are emerging from underground to peacefully invade parts of our region. "I've seen estimates at something like as many as a billion per square mile," says Mike Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "This is going to be a boatload of cicadas." And as if that's not enough, the sap-sucking bugs are coming up from thei...
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For the past two years, the Fairfax county school community has grappled with reforming a disciplinary system some call too harsh. Two very different proposals for doing that are now before the school board. The issue came to light when 15-year-old Nick Stuban committed suicide after being suspended and forced to transfer schools for buying a drug called JWH-018. While it indu...
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The 360-year-old stone lantern that's use during the lighting ceremony to honor the bond between Japan and the U.S. during the Cherry Blossom Festival is getting a new home. The lantern will be moved to a more prominent spot on the northwestern edge of the Tidal Basin. Once the Cherry Blossom Festival ends, construction on a new plaza, which will house the Japanes...
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An app-based service called SideCar just launched in the District. It provides the public with a new option in getting around the city. The app operates by connecting people who need a ride with drivers. "It's very simple," says Nick Allen, co-founder of the technology-based service. "You pinpoint your location, wh...
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been lauded as a church leader who fights against child sex abuse. He worked to remove one abusive priest from the church for seven years, traveling all the way to Rome to persuade the Vatican to keep him out. Despite his work, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a nonprofit support group of survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their ...
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Alexandria Police officer Peter Laboy is continuing to make progress after a gunshot wound to the head. Officer Laboy's wife Suzanne writes on her blog that her husband's recovery is amazing doctors and nurses. The officer has begun occupational therapy, and Suzanne writes that he spoke for the first t...
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Prince George's County police are preparing to make an arrest in the murder of 18-year-old Marckel Ross, who was shot on his way to school on Sept. 11, 2012. Seven teenagers have been murdered in Prince George's County this school year, and Assistant Chief Kevin Davis says police are a step closer to solving those crimes. He says an arrest for Ross' murder will be announced M...
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Plans to immortalize Chuck Brown's legacy are moving forward. The million-dollar amphitheater will be built in the part of Langdon Park that was renamed Chuck Brown Memorial Park last month. Michael Marshall designed the community space and says the venue in northeast D.C. will have a steel band shell, seating, pictures from Chuck Brown's life, and cherry blossom trees. ...
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Virginia officials are investigating whether the current Dulles Greenway toll, which can cost up to $4.90, is too high. The probe comes at the request of Del. David Ramadan. The northern Virginia Republican believes the tolls violate a state code requiring rates to be reasonable. "The prices of the tolls on the Dulles Greenway have gotten to the point that materially d...
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The Washington, D.C. area branch of the Salvation Army says they're short about a thousand gifts for local children this holiday season. "When mom and dad are not able to get something for them, the children understand and they see it, but when they come downstairs on Christmas morning and they see a gift under the tree, it's extra special for them," says Maj. Lewis Reckline, ...
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Hate crimes across the nation are on the decline, according to the FBI, but we're seeing the opposite trend in the District, where they are up by more than a third. Overall, 92 hate crimes were recorded by the Metropolitan Police Deparment last year, compared to 68 the year before. Hassan Naveed, with Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, says the statistics don't paint...
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A student in Virginia's Fairfax County is being investigated after bringing a gun to school. Administrators at Robinson Secondary School confiscated a gun from a student's locker Wednesday. According to a letter sent to parents, Fairfax Police were notified immediately, and criminal and administrative investigations are underway. Police believe the student was a 13-year-old gi...
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A Virginia student is under investigation after bringing a gun to school Wednesday. Administrators at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va., confiscated a gun from a 13-year-old female student's locker, according to Fairfax County Police. Authorities have identified and questioned other suspects involved in the...
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A young teenage boy in Prince George's County appears to be the latest victim of gang violence, and detectives with Prince George's County Police Department's gang unit were out in force Thursday morning handing out fliers and looking for any information related to a shooting early Wednesday morning. Police say 14-year-old Eliezer Benjamin Reyes was killed Wednesday morning in...