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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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Ever dream of singing or strumming in front of thousands of daily commuters? Here's a chance. Metro is hosting auditions for its MetroPerforms! program this evening, allowing the more artistically inclined among us to try and convince transit officials that they should be given a chance t...
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D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has gone on record opposing a proposed moratorium on liquor licenses around the U Street NW. At Friday's Washington Blade LGBT Town Hall, Gray said that he didn't think that a moratorium for the nightlife destination was a good idea. "I don't support that. I don't know who's behind it, but I ...
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What's becoming one of the city's longest-running regulatory battles has just gotten a bit longer. A D.C. Council committee today rejected a proposed set of regulations for the city's growing network of food trucks, sending them back to the drawing board and further delaying a process that dates back to 2010. The regulations—already on their fourth draft—were s...
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Washington, D.C.'s population swells by 79 percent every workday as commuters pour into the city from the around the region, far exceeding similar growth patterns in other large cities across the country. According to new numbers released by the U.S. Census on Thursday, D.C.'s resident population between 2006 and 2010 stood at 584,400, but jumped close to 80 percent when com...
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A bill that would require some large retailers in D.C. to pay a wage of $11.75 per hour is expected to be expanded to require all retailers to pay an even higher wage to full-time employees. The original version of the Large Retailer Accountability Act introduced in January limited the living wage requirement to retailers with stores larger than 75,000 square feet and annual r...
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Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) will announce on June 8 that he's entering the D.C. mayoral race, making it a trio of legislators vying for the city's top office.  Evans is the D.C. Council's longest-serving member, having been first elected in 1991 in a special election to replace John Wilson. This won't be his first run for mayor—he placed third behind Anthony Wi...
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Will it be April 1? Or maybe mid-May? The first week of June, possibly? For now, the date of D.C.'s 2014 primary is up in the air. Though the D.C. Board of Elections has scheduled it for April 1—no joke—legislators and activists debated yesterday whether it should be changed to June, or possibly some other date. Proponents of the idea say that it would offer a res...
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D.C. officials said today that a sinkhole that has closed a stretch of 14th Street NW between Pennsylvania and New York Avenues could reopen to traffic as early as Friday, after repairs that are estimated to cost $2 million. The sinkhole was detected last week and closed off most of 14th Street to traffic, though on Thursday one lane was opened up to southbound traffic. Crews ...
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The District of Columbia grew by 13,303 residents from July 2011 to July 2012, coming in twelfth on the U.S. Census' list of the fastest-growing cities in that period.  New York City led the charge with 67,058 residents, followed by Houston, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Austin, Pheonix, Da...
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The U Street corridor is one of the city's hottest nighlife destinations, with bars and restaurants popping up along U Street and 14th Street NW with surprising speed. But for some residents of the neighborhood, the nightlife isn't to be cheered—and they're hoping to bring it under control by limiting how many new liquor licenses the city can dole out. Yesterday afternoon th...
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The D.C. Council yesterday approved a $10.1 billion budget that directs money to affordable housing and seniors, scraps the city's gas tax, paves the way for fare increases for Circulator buses, and pays for expanded library hours and more parks. The spending plan—over $7 billion of which comes from local sources—was originally proposed by Mayor Vince Gray in late March, a...
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The National Zoo has a new resident—Bozie, a 37-year-old Asian elephant, arrived yesterday after traveling 1,100 miles from Baton Rouge.  Bozie will join Ambika, who is 65, Shanthi, 38, and Kandula, 11, in the zoo's new $56 million Elephant Trails exhibit, where the four elephants will...
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Users of Capital Bikeshare, the region's popular bike-sharing system, say that they're making trips they otherwise wouldn't, are less likely to use a car or other forms of transit, save some $800 per year on personal travel, and even feel healthier than they used to. Those findings—and many others—are included in a ...
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Amtrak has plenty of problems as it is, and a pair of congressmen are tackling a relatively minor one: an existing ban on pets on the train. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) have introduced a bill that would allow A...
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Each state can place two statues or busts in the U.S. Capitol, but D.C. has never been extended that privilege—until now. The House of Representatives voted yesterday to approve a bill that would move a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass into the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall, ending a long-standing battle by D.C. residents and officials seeking the same recognitio...
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College students across the country often emerge with at least one thing in common—they're saddled with debt from the loans they took out to finance their higher education. But graduates in D.C. and Maryland are carrying the heaviest load. A report from the Federal Reserve of New York finds that students in the two Mid...
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A statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass has forlornly stood in the lobby of a D.C. government building since 2007, but it may soon be making its way to the U.S. Capitol. Today the House of Representatives will vote on a measure that would authorize the move of Douglass' statue to the Capitol's Emancipation Hall, where it would join statues of prominent historical fig...
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Washington, D.C. is dotted by iconic monuments and federal buildings, and soon a local university's basketball court will be dotted by images of those very monuments and buildings. Yesterday George Washington University unveiled a new design for the floor of the wooden court in the Charles E. Smith Center where the un...
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With the revitalizing H Street NE corridor serving as a backdrop, Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) formally launched his mayoral bid on Saturday. With the announcement, Wells ended his three-month-long exploratory campaign and now joins Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) in the race for the April 2014 mayoral primary. In a speech to supporters on a soggy afternoon, t...