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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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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...
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In D.C., children with special needs have to wait longer than their peers in any state to receive an evaluation by the city’s school system, but this week the D.C. Council debated a bill that would cut that wait time in half. Under current D.C. law, a student suspected of having a learning disability has to be evaluated within 120 days, longer than anywhere else in the co...
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The D.C. Council is considering two bills that would symbolically rename two streets — one for a Chinese dissident and the other for the city's fight for voting representation in Congress. The first bill would rename a portion of International Place NW, which runs in front of the Chinese Embassy, after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who took part in the 1989 protes...
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In 2013, MacFarland Middle School in Petworth closed its doors. The last stand-alone public middle school in Ward 4, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson said MacFarland was under-enrolled, with only 25 percent of its building was being used. But starting as soon as the 2015-16 school year, MacFarland could reopen. It may not be alone: Under a ...
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In a new autobiography set to be published tomorrow, former four-term mayor and D.C. Council member Marion Barry admits of personal failings with alcohol, women and drugs while combatively insisting that his notorious 1990 arrest at the Vista Hotel was orchestrated by the federal government after he helped increase opportunities for low- and middle-income black residents. ...
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Council member David Catania (I-At Large) will introduce an amendment to the 2015 D.C. budget scrapping a proposed tax on yoga classes, health clubs and gym memberships. Catania, who is also running for mayor, said his plan would remove the so-called "fitness tax" from the budget by extending the implementation of a business tax cut over six years, instead of the five origin...
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Despite ongoing legal uncertainties around a planned election for D.C.'s attorney general, the city's Board of Elections is preparing for the office to be on the November ballot. The elections board announced yesterday that it will make nominating petitions for the attorney general's race available today, along with petitions for all other offices that will appear on the Nov...
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The boundary of one of the city's most popular and sought-after high schools would shrink substantially under a proposal released by the D.C. committee exploring changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns. The revised proposals from the D.C. Advisory Committee on Student Assignment would see Wilson High School's boundary — along with the boundaries of many...
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Patients, advocates and legislators are pushing D.C. to expand its medical marijuana program by adding more conditions and allowing cultivators to grow more plants, but the proposals have drawn mixed reactions from city officials. At a hearing on Thursday, members of the D.C. Council heard testimony on two bills, one that would scrap the list of qualifying conditions for med...