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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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The D.C. Council is considering two bills that would symbolically rename two streets — one for a Chinese dissident and the other for the city's fight for voting representation in Congress. The first bill would rename a portion of International Place NW, which runs in front of the Chinese Embassy, after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who took part in the 1989 protes...
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In 2013, MacFarland Middle School in Petworth closed its doors. The last stand-alone public middle school in Ward 4, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson said MacFarland was under-enrolled, with only 25 percent of its building was being used. But starting as soon as the 2015-16 school year, MacFarland could reopen. It may not be alone: Under a ...
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In a new autobiography set to be published tomorrow, former four-term mayor and D.C. Council member Marion Barry admits of personal failings with alcohol, women and drugs while combatively insisting that his notorious 1990 arrest at the Vista Hotel was orchestrated by the federal government after he helped increase opportunities for low- and middle-income black residents. ...
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Council member David Catania (I-At Large) will introduce an amendment to the 2015 D.C. budget scrapping a proposed tax on yoga classes, health clubs and gym memberships. Catania, who is also running for mayor, said his plan would remove the so-called "fitness tax" from the budget by extending the implementation of a business tax cut over six years, instead of the five origin...
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Despite ongoing legal uncertainties around a planned election for D.C.'s attorney general, the city's Board of Elections is preparing for the office to be on the November ballot. The elections board announced yesterday that it will make nominating petitions for the attorney general's race available today, along with petitions for all other offices that will appear on the Nov...
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The boundary of one of the city's most popular and sought-after high schools would shrink substantially under a proposal released by the D.C. committee exploring changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns. The revised proposals from the D.C. Advisory Committee on Student Assignment would see Wilson High School's boundary — along with the boundaries of many...
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Patients, advocates and legislators are pushing D.C. to expand its medical marijuana program by adding more conditions and allowing cultivators to grow more plants, but the proposals have drawn mixed reactions from city officials. At a hearing on Thursday, members of the D.C. Council heard testimony on two bills, one that would scrap the list of qualifying conditions for med...
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A proposal to replace by-right access to neighborhood elementary schools with a "choice set" of a few nearby schools accessible by lottery has been excised from a revised set of proposed changes to D.C. school boundary and feeder patterns set to be released today. The choice sets were included as one of three proposals for changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundar...
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Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) committed yesterday to keeping Kaya Henderson as the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools if she wins November's mayoral election. Shortly after defeating Mayor Vincent Gray in the April Democratic primary, Bowser was non-committal on Hender...
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High schoolers in Montgomery County won't be getting any more sleep next year than they are now. Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced today that he is recommending that high schools stick with their 7:25 a.m. morning bell and not implement a proposal to mo...
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Last September, the D.C. Department of Transportation started a round of public discussions on a proposed north-south streetcar route that would run nine miles between Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. ...
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If there's one thing smartphone-based car-hailing service Uber is used to, it's legal and political battles. And there's been plenty of them in the region. Last week, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ordered Uber and fellow ridesharing service Lyft to ...
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Carol Schwartz ran for D.C. mayor in 1986, 1994, 1998, and 2002, and today she made a surprising announcement: She's vying for the city's highest office once again. In a statement mailed to reporters, Schwartz, who also served as a Republican on the D.C. Council from 1985 to 1989 and 1997 to 2008, says that she jumping into the mayoral contest due to her concerns with how th...
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The timeline for the start of streetcar service along H Street and Benning Road NE has shifted again, and the D.C. Department of Transportation now says that the trolleys will run by the end of 2014. Last year D.C. officials promised service by the end of 2013, then early 2014, and this April said that service could start by late summer or early fall. But this week those off...
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Sales Tax Expansion Water consumption for home Storage of household goods/mini storage Carpet and upholstery cleaning Health clubs and tanning studios Car washes Bowling alleys and billiard parlors If you're a yoga fanatic and hav...
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At Wednesday's biweekly press conference with Mayor Vincent Gray, the big news was Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall, who came out at an LGBTQ Pride Day event held for students. Gray also took the opportunity to offer his thoughts on a number of current issues, from streetcar fu...
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After months of uncertainty, today the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that voters should for the first time elect an attorney general in 2014, reversing a move by the D.C. Council to delay the election until 2018. The battle isn't yet over, though — an appeal will be filed. The decision published today seemed to settle a legal back-and-forth over the meaning and intent of the...
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As hundreds of students gathered in the atrium of Wilson's High School today for LGBTQ Pride Day earlier today, they were treated to an unexpected announcement: popular principal Pete Cahall told them he was gay. “I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson H...
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In late May, Mayor Vincent Gray sent the D.C. Council a package of details and legislation needed for the construction of a proposed 20,000-seat stadium for D.C. United at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. The broad outline of the deal were ...