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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 House of Representative approved an amendment to a spending bill this afternoon that would largely gut the District's restrictive gun laws. The amendment, which was introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and passed on a voice vote, would prohibit the city from enforcing any of its existing gun laws, including those requiring registration, banning high-capacity magazine...
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Starting at midnight tonight, the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in D.C. will be treated as a minor offense punishable by a $25 fine. Here's everything you need to know about marijuana decriminalization in the nation's capital. Where did this come from? Last year, the ACLU ...
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If you call 911 in D.C. from a cell phone, you might expect that even if you don't leave your address, the dispatcher could use your phone's GPS capability to pinpoint your location. But one group says that's not happening in most cases. According to data collected by the Find Me 911 Coalition, which advocates for tougher rules on wi...
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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission took the unusual step yesterday of telling retailers in the Granite State that yes, a driver's license from Washington, D.C. would serve as acceptable identification for the purchase of alcohol. The issue arose last week, when the Concord Monitor ...
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President Barack Obama has sided with D.C. officials in a fight with Congress over a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana in the nation's capital. In a Statement of Administration Policy on an appropriations bill that includes funding for D...
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In D.C., the Styrofoam container will soon disappear. On Monday, the D.C. Council approved a broader environmental bill that includes a provision banning restaurants, take-outs, supermarkets, and food trucks from using single-use disposable containers made of polystyrene foam — better known as Styrofoam. The ban, which would follow similar measures passed in Sa...
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The D.C. Council today voted 12-1 to override a veto by Mayor Vincent Gray of the 2015 budget, handing the outgoing executive a defeat on a spending plan that will largely impact his successor. Gray vetoed the $10.8 billion budget late last week, arguing in an eight-page-let...
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Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the 2015 D.C. budget, and is asking the D.C. Council to suspend its upcoming summer recess to work on the spending plan for the fiscal year starting in October. In an eight-page letter to D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Gray explained that he was vetoing the 2015 budget due to a number of tax changes made by the Council — including defundin...
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A campaign launched by Mayor Vincent Gray has moved 198 families out of the homeless shelter at D.C. General, but housing advocates are expressing concern over whether enough is being done to prepare for the upcoming winter season. Deborah Carroll, the interim director of the D.C. Department of Human Services, said at a D.C. Council hearing on Thursday that Gray's ...
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Metrobus riders on two routes traveling along 16th Street and Georgia Avenue NW often complain of overcrowding, and now the transit agency has responded by announcing that it will run longer buses on those routes. Starting in late August, Metro will increase the number of articulated bu...
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A longstanding moratorium on liquor licenses in Adams Morgan is being changed. The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted today to allow restaurants in the neighborhood to apply for liquor licenses, loosening a moratorium in place for 14 years that largely prohibited new bars, ...
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Today is the 224th anniversary of the Residence Act, the law that in 1790 set aside land from Virginia and Maryland for the creation of the nation's capital in Washington, D.C. (It took another decade before the government moved in, though.) And just like we did for ...
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Late last week, a nondescript townhouse sandwiched between embassies on Massachusetts Avenue NW was a hive of activity as campaign workers thumbed through thousands of pages of signed petitions. They checked the signatures against a D.C. voter database, dutifully counting those that were valid and scrapping those that weren't. The work was part of a homegrown campaign to leg...
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D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser will have a new supporter marching alongside her at today's Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C.: Former Mayor Anthony Williams. On Thursday, Williams announced that he was endorsing Bowser, who defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in the April 1 Democratic primary, in the city's mayoral race. Bowser is going up against Council member David Catania ...
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Today is Independence Day, and along with barbecues and fireworks, there's little more patriotic than parades. The region has a fair share of July 4 parades, and they range from small to big and traditional to quirky. We asked our listeners and readers to chime in with some of their favorites, and this is what they had to offer. Did we miss any? Leave them in the comments, and tell us...
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The sale of high-proof alcohol is now banned in Maryland. Under a law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley earlier this year, any drink that is 95 percent...
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D.C.'s lowest-wage workers are getting a pay raise today. The city's minimum wage of $8.25 will rise to $9.50 today, part of a stepped increase towards $11.50 by 2016. The bill mandating the increase was passed by the D.C. Council in late 2013 and ...
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The Inter-American Development Bank in downtown D.C. tends to be fairly buttoned-down, but on a recent afternoon, Brazilian soccer jerseys were pulled over dress shirts and workers feasted on free bags of popcorn. For close to two hours, Brazilian and Mexican workers at the bank cheered and jeered—in Spanish and Portuguese, of course—as their two countries squared off in...
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As NPR is reporting, today President Barack Obama is hosting a daylong summit in Washington to encourage more employers to adopt family-friendly policies like paid maternity leave. That got u...
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Two D.C. mayoral candidates have expressed concern with possible changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundaries and feeder patterns, saying that the process should be put on hold. In a statement, D.C. Council member David Ca...