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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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An Idaho man accused of firing shots at the White House two years ago has pleaded guilty. Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, 22, fired eight shots into the second and third floors of the White House in November 2011, though no one was injured. Neither President Obama nor First Lady Michelle Obama were home at the time of the shooting, which left five bullet holes on the outside of t...
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With just under two months until Virginians head to the polls to elect a new governor, it's a statistical dead heat between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli. According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, McAuliffe leads Cuccinell...
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Walmart and other large retailers won't be required to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50 an hour in the District of Columbia — at least not right away. The D.C. Council failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the wage bill on ...
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The Metropolitan Police Department has named the last five victims of the Navy Yard shootings that took place on Monday. The victims were listed as: Arthur Daniels, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Va.; Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria< Va.; Martin Bodrog, 54, of Annandale, Va,; and Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Md. Seven other victim...
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If one D.C. legislator has his way, marijuana will soon be legal in D.C. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) announced today that he will introduce a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate the sale and possession of marijuana. The bill will be introduced next Tuesday at the Council's first legislative session after its two-month summer recess. Under t...
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Washington, D.C. is thousands of miles away from El Salvador—1,887 miles, to be exact. But in May, that’s how far Salvadoran presidential candidate Norman Quijano found himself from the country he one day hopes to govern. Quijano was speaking to supporters from D.C., Maryland and Virginia, hoping to turn their suppor...
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Walmart Location Planned Opening Date 5968 Georgia Ave. NW Late '13, early '14 99 H St. NW Late '13, early '14 Riggs Rd. and South Dakota Ave. NE '15 ...
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A large group of motorcyclists is riding through D.C. this morning, despite having been denied a permit to do so. The group, Two Million Bikers to D.C., said it plans on riding through the city to commemorate the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It requested a permit in late August, though the National Park S...
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D.C. won't be getting taller anytime soon. A recommendation to leave intact a 1910 law that limits how tall buildings in D.C. can grow will be presented at the National Capital Planning Commission meeting tomorrow. The Height Act places limits on the height of buildings in D.C., allowing them to grow relative to the width of the street in front of them. Under the law, build...
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Type Of Filer Number in 2011 Change from 2001 (Number/Percent) Single 208,176 +57,647/38.3% Married 62,266 +10,301/19.8% ...
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Feeling an urge to get some body art in D.C.? You may soon have an extra day to mull it over. A set of regulations for tattoo artists and body piercers unveiled today would mandate a 24-hour wait between when a customer requests a tattoo or piercing and when they can actually get it. "The licensee or operator of a body art establishment shall ensure that no tattoo ...
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Big news from the National Zoo this morning: the baby panda born to Mei Xiang close to two weeks ago is a girl! Officials at zoo also announced that a DNA swab of the baby panda had determined that its father is Tian Tian, the National Zoo's resident male panda. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminat...
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Previous Marijuana Coverage Fifteen Years After Approval, Medical Marijuana Finally Goes On Sale In D.C. How Do Medical Marijuana Laws C...
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How soon is too soon to start testing students in D.C.'s public schools? And what should those students be tested on? Those questions are fueling a debate over a plan proposed by the D.C. Public Charter School Board to assess student progress in preschool and pre-kindergarten programs. Over the last year, the board, which governs the city's 36,000-student charter school syst...
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Capital Bikeshare is a hit in Washington. But Washington state? That's where Tracy Clayton, a D.C.-based photographer, recently found one of the iconic red bikes, locked up to a street sign in Seattle. "D.C. hide yo kids, hide yo bikes...Someone has rode a Capital Bikeshare all the way to Seattle," he wrote on his Instagram ac...
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D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department introduced their newest recruit today, and he's got a nose for the job. Sam is kinda short, a little lazy, and he smells. But that's the point: he's a bloodhound, the police department's first, and he's been brought on to help find missing people. It's a task Police Chief Cathy Lanier says he's perfect for. "When people ask me ...
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The woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint has been admitted to a psychiatric ward. Jai M. Tian, 58, was set to appear in court today for a status hearing. That hearing has been postponed. She stands accused of defacing portions of the Washington National Cathedral with green paint, and police say that she may be linked to other incide...
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The Metropolitan Police Department says that it was forced to use an undercover officer to infiltrate a labor rights group after a uniformed officer was assaulted at an anti-sweatshop protest outside a Gap clothing store. The claim was made in a court filing responding to a ...
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City Average Years Between Accidents Relative Accident Likelihood (to National Average) 2013 Best Driver Rank (out of 195) Washington, D.C. 4.8 109.3% 195 Baltimore, Md. 5.4 86.1% 194...
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Do you think D.C. should be considered for the 2024 Olympic Games? Washington, D.C. has played host to many a large sporting events, but this could be t...