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Some Capitol Hill Residents Oppose D.C.'s Streetcar Plan

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D.C. Council members are asking Congress to repeal a statute banning the District from installing overhead wires, which could power streetcars.

Monte Edwards, a resident of Capitol Hill, hopes it doesn't. "I'm used to looking up and seeing trees and a blue sky," he says. "And you don't have to go far in the suburbs to see that overhead wires and trees do not coexist."

Councilman Tommy Wells says opposition could hurt areas east of the Anacostia. "I don't think that the wishes of people that are in one small area should prevent the wards across the river from getting economic development," he says.

Wells is proposing that the streetcars use overhead wires, but not run directly through Capitol Hill.

David Schultz reports...

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

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Rating The United States On Child Care

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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