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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.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

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As Harold Evans slowly shuffles around his home in Bowie, Maryland, he points to papers, pictures, awards and keepsakes to jog his memory. There’s his arrival in the District in the late 1930s, where he would live for the following 60 years. His Army service in Korea. The stint at the Library of Congress in the 1950s — when African-Americans with college degrees were rel...
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The year-long legal battle over the fate of the District's concealed-carry law took another turn on Monday, when a federal judge preliminarily upheld the city's restrictive regulations on who can qualify for a permit to carry a handgun — and hinted that the city had the better argument in the debate over whether the regulations are constitutional or not. In a 31-page order...
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An effort to have D.C. residents vote on whether the city should raise its minimum wage to $15 remained in legal limbo after a court hearing Thursday, eating up time proponents need to collect the necessary signatures to get the measure on the November ballot. At the hearing, Judge Maurice Ross continued weighing arguments over a ...
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After years of delays and millions of dollars in cost overruns, the long-awaited streetcar along H Street and Benning Road NE will start carrying passengers on Saturday, Feb. 27. No, really. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the announcement on Thursday, only a week after a long-delayed safety certification for t...
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Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday at the age of 79, was the Supreme Court's best-known "originalist" — he believed that the meaning of the U.S...
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Proposed Shelter Locations Ward 1: 2105-2107 10th Street NW, 29 units Ward 3: 2619 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 38 units Ward 4: 5505 5th Street NW, 49 units Ward 5: 2266 2...
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A sweeping bill that would give many D.C. residents 16 weeks of paid family leave has been pared down ahead of a public hearing later this week, where proponents and critics of the plan will have a chance to debate how much paid leave workers should get — and who should pay for ...
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The troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General could close as soon as the winter of 2018 under a plan unveiled Tuesday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, with the roughly 280 families occupying it sent instead to "smaller, dignified facilities" located in neighborhoods across the city. Proposed Shelter Locations ...
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Former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday that he will run for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, the first step towards what he hopes is a political comeback after losing his re-election bid in 2014 to Mayor Muriel Bowser. Speaking on ...
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Attorneys for the D.C. Board of Elections are seeking to reverse a judge's ruling from last week that shot down plans for a public vote on raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. In his Friday ruling, Judge Maurice Ross stopped the effort to put the issue to D.C. voters i...
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The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved a bill creating a seven-person task force to study whether the city should license private clubs where patrons can gather to use marijuana. The measure was a compromise of sorts: On one side were Mayor Muriel Bowser and Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who were pushing for a bill that would permanently prohibit marijuana use in...
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A D.C. judge on Friday ruled that an effort for a public vote on raising the minimum wage to $15 cannot be placed on the November ballot, handing a temporary victory to business leaders who say a wage that high would at best limit hiring and at worst drive businesses out of the city....
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More on D.C. Marijuana Here's Just About Everything You Need To Know About Pot Legalization In D.C. ...
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Classes were canceled on Monday for tens of thousands of D.C. students, but a handful of public schools remained open — for food, not education. On Sunday evening, DCPS announced that 10 buildings would open to offer students, families and members o...
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Update, 10:45 a.m.: Per a tweet from Mayor Muriel Bowser, all Metrorail stations in the District — with the exception of Benning Road — will be open at 11 a.m. Original post: With the region still digging out from over two feet of snow, area school systems planning t...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is warning residents that the blizzard bearing down on the region could have "life and death implications," and is urging residents to be off the streets by 3 p.m. and ready to hunker down for up to 72 hours. Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, Bowser said the storm is ...
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Metro won't be running any trains or buses over the weekend, citing the upcoming blizzard that promises to dump up to two feet of snow on the region. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon at Metro headquarters, where new general manager Paul Wiedefeld explained that train service would be stopped at 11 p.m. and the last buses would depart for their routes at 5 p.m...
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This post has been updated. If the weather forecasters are to be believed, lots of snow is one its way to the region for the upcoming weekend. All that snow will eventually have to be shoveled, and for the first time in decades D.C. will start fining residents who don't clear their sidewalks. The beefed up enforcement is courtesy of a bill ...
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D.C. residents may never have read the D.C. Zoning Code, but its impact is visible throughout the city. The thousands of pages of granular rules and specifications determine how land can be used in D.C. — and, consequently, how the city looks and feels. Now those rules — for dwellings, downtown developments, corner stores and more — are changing. So, too, will the city...
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An ambitious proposal that would offer almost all workers in D.C. 16 weeks of paid family leave came upon two significant hurdles on Thursday: Mayor Muriel Bowser and the bill's cost. During a daylong hearing in the D.C. Council — the second of three on the bill — legi...