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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer & Reporter

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com, and has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications. Born in Switzerland, Martin lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Penn State University and later Georgetown University, where he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and daughter.


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If there's no doubt in your mind who you're going to vote for in D.C., you can jump ahead of the crowd and cast your ballots today. The two-week period of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election starts today at One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW). Any D.C. voter can cast a ballot between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., except on Sunday. Early voting will expand on ...
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A federal judge on Friday denied a D.C. request that he reconsider his late-July ruling that overturned the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public. At the end of a brief hearing, Judge Frederick Scullin said that he was unconvinced that his original ruli...
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It'll be a busy day for D.C. in the courts today, as federal judges hear arguments on two separate cases: a budget autonomy referendum and the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns outside the home. This morning, an appeals court is set to hear arguments on the fate of the April 2013 budget autonomy referendum, in which 83 percent of D.C. voters approved a change to t...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday that the Metropolitan Police Department will start taking applications for concealed carry permits on Oct. 23, the day after a 90-day stay on the late-July ruling that overturned the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home exp...
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This post has been updated The official voter guide being sent to hundreds of thousands of D.C. households by the city's elections board is full of information for residents on the Nov. 4 general election, but it gets one thing upside down: the D.C. flag. The city's flag was inverted on the cover of the voter guide, which the board started sending to resid...
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WAMU 88.5, the NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C., plans to limit the use of the Washington football team's name in future news reports. The decision comes in the wake of an announcement from NPR Standards Editor Mark Memmott, who sa...
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More on D.C. General Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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The District's ban on the carrying of handguns — and the attempts to change it — will be the subject of hearings in both the D.C. Council and federal court this week. On Thursday, a D.C. Council committee will hear testimony from city officials and residents on a bill that would allow certain residents to carry handguns outside their homes. An emergency version of the bi...
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More on D.C. General Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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A D.C. judge has dismissed charges against a Virginia man for taking photos of women's underwear while they sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, saying that he did not violate their privacy. In a September ruling first reported by ...
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The D.C. legislator charged with overseeing the city's elections board says that the way elections are conducted could be in for some changes in the future. "There needs to be a comprehensive evaluation and audit of the voting administration process to make sure that the mistakes that are made in the past... will not continue to happen in the future," said Council member Ken...
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Enrollment in the District's traditional public and public charter schools has increased again this year, according to initial tallies released by D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the D.C. Public Charter School Board. In a tweet yesterday, Henderson said that enrollment in DCPS for the 2014-1...
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On July 17, the possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in D.C. After that day, being caught with anything less than an ounce of pot would get you a $25 fine. But if you were stopped by police before that, you faced far worse: arrest, possible jail time a...
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Like in any other legislature, the D.C. Council takes up its share of controversial bills. Here, they include stadium financing proposals, gambling, changes to the tax code. And D.C.'s 90-year-old snow-shoveling law. Over the last five years, various attempts have been made to change the law that requires residents and businesses to shovel their walks after a snowstorm. Non...
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The D.C. Board of Elections says that the city's voting machines are outdated and in need of replacement, an admission that comes only weeks before what could be a close mayoral election. In a report on the Apr. 1 primary published last week, the board said that a majority of the city's touch-screen and optical scanner voting machines are outdated, exceeding the recommended ...
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President Obama may not be a D.C. voter, but today he added his voice to the ongoing D.C. mayoral campaign by endorsing Muriel Bowser. In a statement, Obama called Bowser, who represents Ward 4 on the D.C. Council, a "champion for working and middle-class families, and a...
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The Supreme Court today announced that it would not review appeals of same-sex marriage cases in five states — including Virginia — allowing the unions to proceed without further delay. As of 1 p.m., same-sex marriages throughout the commonwealth have been allowed to take place. The decision — which also dealt with appeals filed in response to court rulings in Utah, Ok...