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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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Several hundred people, some dressed up as Sesame Street characters, such as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, rallied in front of the Capitol Saturday for the Million Puppet March, a demonstration held in support of public broadcasting. The march came three days before the election. Organizers of the Million Puppet March say they're concerned because during the first president...
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After a big storm like Sandy, unscrupulous contractors may try to take advantage of the bad situation and scam property owners who need repairs. "What you're going to find is people who will come and hang solicitations on your door, or put something in your mailbox or just come up to your door and knock on it and ask if they can help," says Julie Rochman, head of the Insurance...
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This election season, a number of young people are running for local office in D.C. One undergraduate seeking office may set a mark as the youngest openly gay person elected to public office in the United States. Craig Cassey is a 20-year-old Georgetown student running unopposed for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat. He says his candidacy shows the change in his communi...
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is holding public hearings on proposed changes to bus routes starting Monday. Most of the proposals aim to improve service, but one proposal in particular is due to violence, Metro says. The W6 and W8 bus lines have been subject to people throwing rocks at the buses, putting customers and bus operators in danger, according to...
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A Muslim group is speaking out and condemning the attempted terrorist attack on the New York Federal Reserve building, where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national, believed he was detonating a 1,000-pound bomb in lower Manhattan's financial distric...
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More people die of gunshots than from motor vehicle accidents and crashes in our region, according to a new study by a group aiming to reduce gun violence. The study by the Violence Policy Center compares gun and vehicle deaths in Maryland, Virginia and the District. Kristen Rand, the group's legislative director, says the numbers come from the National Center for Injury and P...
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations is countering provacative "Defeat Jihad" ads posted in several Metro stations this week by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The new CAIR ads quote the Qu'ran, saying "Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ig...
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At least nine undergraduate students in D.C. are running for local office this election season. Students from Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Marymount University, and Prince George's Community College are all vying for different Advisory Neighborhood Commission positions. Jackson Carnes is a George Washington University student runnin...
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For the first time, the District is using its own money to help young residents attend college locally. Education official Gregory Meeropol says the new Mayor's Scholarship Fund is only for students in need who aren't receiving financial support from their parents. "So many times, students get concerned with their financial situation, they maybe have one or two jobs," he say...
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In the past, street vendors in District paid a flat fee instead of collecting sales tax. Now, many of them will be charging sales tax just like brick and mortar stores. In the case of food trucks, that means a 10 percent sales tax — just like restaurants. Che Ruddell-Tabisola, executive director of the District's Food Truck Association, says the association supports the t...
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The Office of Police Complaints is recommending that the Metropolitan Police Department revise its current policies for off-duty officers enforcing traffic rules. "We have received a number of complaints where motorists were stopped by officers who were not in uniform," says Nicole Porter, a special assistant with the OPC. "They were off duty and they were driving either their...
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Building, road and other projects have boosted construction employment in Washington, D.C. 14 percent since last year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Ken Simonson is chief economist for the trade association. He says there are more construction jobs now than before the economic crisis began. "From November 2008 to February 2010, D.C. lost 3...
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Some readers of Metro Weekly, a news magazine serving the District's LGBT community, have found feces and rotting food in the news box stands around the city. Sean Bugg, co-publisher of the magazine, says this has been happening for the past 2 to 3 months. "It's a hate crime toward my readers because the people who are really getting affected by this are...
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Capital Bikeshare has more members who use the service as a part of their everyday lives than any other bike share system in the country, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The District's bike share system allows customers to pick up a bike at any of its 175 stations and use it...
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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing two MPD officers and the District of Columbia for stealing a smartphone memory card. The lawsuit alleges Earl Staley Jr.'s camera phone was confiscated by a police officer because he was taking pictures of another officer assaulting bystanders. Staley picked up his cell phone at a station house later that day, but got a sur...
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Benjamin Franklin's three-piece silk suit worn on a diplomatic mission to France in 1778 is joining the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.  Franklin wore the suit during a trip to France that resulted in the signi...
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Five bike lanes in Arlington County are getting an upgrade. Arlington county workers are painting segments of the bike lanes with a green friction coating. "Basically, the idea is to improve the visibility of the bike lanes so that when cars cross from one side of them to the other side... car drivers remember to look for bicyclists," says Dan Malouff, a transportation planner...
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Artist Aniekan Udofia and his apprentices spent the weekend painting a mural on a wall at Ben's Chili Bowl. It depicts some of restaurant's most famous patrons: Bill Cosby, Barack Obama, Donnie Simpson, and Chuck Brown. "Because Bill Cosby is the only finished portrait right now, people have been commenting on that," he says. "They are like 'wow, it looks like he's about to st...
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The small community of Altavista in Virginia is coming together to honor a fallen marine, and give his family a hand. Staff Sgt. Gregory Copes died last week in Afghanistan. The 36-year-old marine leaves behind his wife and four young kids; the oldest is only six years old. "There's going to be a lot of expenses down the road, and I'm sure they're going to need some a...
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Staff Sgt. Gregory Copes died last week in Afghanistan. The 36-year-old marine leaves behind his wife and four young kids... the oldest is only six. Rob Finch is arranging the funeral, but wanted to do something more to help the family. "There's going to be a lot of expenses down the road, and I'm sure they're going to need assistance," he says. "Ever how little...