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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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They're lovely little things, but according to a new report from the Department of Agriculture, kids cost a pretty penny. The report found that the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 for middle-income families in the U.S. hit $245,340 last year, up from $241,080 in 2012 and $198,560 in 1960. In 2013, not unlike 1960, a good chunk of that — 30 percent — went ...
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D.C. officials are asking a federal judge for more time so they can decide how to respond to a recent ruling overturning the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home, whether by appealing it or crafting a bill adapting to it. In a court filing submitted today, D.C. Attorney...
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The Transportation Safety Administration will take steps to train airport security officers to better recognize D.C. driver's licenses, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. The ...
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D.C. By The Numbers is a series that uses numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch. Every year, the Metropolitan Police Department publishes its annual report, in which the department summarizes crime trends and highlights new initiatives. The report cov...
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A woman struck by a truck in Chevy Chase as she rode her moped has died from her injuries. The incident took place at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Fessenden Street NW, across from the Engine 31 firehouse, at 8:30 a.m. The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she later died. A spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Police Department said the incident ...
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Attorney Alan Gura. The attorney who filed the lawsuit that recently led a federal judge to toss out D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is asking that the city pay h...
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D.C. remains one of the last places in the country where tattoo artists and body piercers remain wholly unregulated, but a year-long attempt to change that has drawn complaints from practitioners that the city is trying to drive them out of business. Earlier this month, the D.C. Department of Health published a second draft of proposed regulations that would apply to tattoo ...
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Are you a D.C. resident that was born here? If so, you're in a distinct minority. In 2012, only 37 percent of the District's residents were born in the city, the third-lowest proportion in the entire country. In Nevada, only 25 percent of residents were born in the state, while in Florida 36 percent of residents were also born there. The findings come from U.S. Cen...
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Half of the minimum wage workers in D.C. will see their annual earnings increase by over $1,500 per year by 2016, the year that the city's minimum wage hits $11.50. The finding comes in an assessment from the Urban Institute on the minim...
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A new app that allows users to designate D.C. streets on a scale of how "sketchy" they are has drawn plenty of controversy since it launched — and some critics are fighting back with humor. The SketchFactor app lets its users submit in...
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The decision on whether to use medical marijuana in D.C. is now solely between a doctor and their patient. On July 29, Mayor Vincent Gray quietly signed a bill allowing a doctor to recommend medical marijuana for any condition, not only those listed by the law that created the program. The program, which was established in 2010 and started serving patients last yea...
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This post has been updated Judging how safe a neighborhood is can be scientific as much as it can be subjective, but a new app born in D.C. lets users rate streets, corners and blocks based on how "sketchy" they are. SketchFactor, a navigation app launched today, allows its users to submit incident reports for eve...
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The votes might be separated by 16 years, but they're on the same issue — and advocates worry that the results could be derailed in much the same way. Come November, D.C. residents will vote on Initiative 71, which would allow residents over the age of 2...
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The D.C. Board of Elections today announced that proponents of an initiative to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana had collected enough signatures to put the measure on November's ballot. The board ruled that of the close to 57,000 signature...
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This post has been updated D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has his car back, in part because of the generosity of a ticket adjudicator and sympathetic impound lot owner. Gabriel Robinson, associate director of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Barry paid $1,779 of the $2,824 worth of fines for various dr...
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As public and charter schools in D.C. fight for students and resources, the talk is often more about competition than collaboration. But in one school in Southeast, a partnership between the two has produced surprising results — and could serve as a model for bring the sectors together. On Thursday, D.C. officials announced that Stanton Elementary School on Alabama Avenue ...
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D.C. officials announced today that math and reading proficiency rates were again up for the city's public and charter schools, though some of the gains were modest and others uneven. According to results from annual tests, math proficiency among all students increased by 1.4 percent to 54.4 percent, while reading proficiency rose 0.4 percent to 49.9 percent. The gains were ...
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Walk into just about any carry-out in D.C., and you’ll likely be handed your food in a polystyrene foam container, more commonly known as Styrofoam. Walk along the banks of the Anacostia River as it flows through Maryland and D.C., and you might see the remnants of those foam containers floating in the water. But with a new bill signed by Mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday, env...
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D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan today asked for a stay of a weekend ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying guns outside the home and prohibited police from enforcing it. In the request filed this afternoon, Nathan asked that the ruling be stayed immediately ...