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Friday, December 19, 2014

Bowser Taps Council Member Tommy Wells For Cabinet Position

Just a few months ago, Council Member Wells was battling with Bowser to become the Democratic candidate for mayo. But now he becomes the first-ever D.C. Council member to move to a position in a new mayoral cabinet.

Regulators Try To Determine How Uber Would Operate In Maryland

At a hearing before the state's Public Service Commission Friday, regulators sought answers about how Uber would function if they approve a proposed settlement allowing Uber to stay in Maryland.

Director Says He Was Fired From Theater J, Cites 'Philosophical Differences'

After 18 years as artistic director of the Washington DCJCC's in-house theater company, Ari Roth is leaving. In a statement, the JCC says Roth "is stepping down to pursue a new series of endeavors." But Roth says he was fired.

Report Prompts Legislators To Call For More Investment In Secret Service

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are calling for more money for the Secret Service after a review released this week paints the picture of an agency stretched "beyond its limits."

Mendelson Shuffles D.C. Council Committees, Keeps Education

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson today announced new committee assignments for the Council session that will start in January, creating a new committee to focus on housing while maintaining one for the city's schools.

Outgoing D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

Two-term D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will be joining Muriel Bowser's administration next year, taking the helm of the D.C. Department of Environment.

The Bounce: Goodbye Artisphere, Hello D’Angelo

The week in music news from WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth site.

Transgender Activist Realizes Dream of Creating Shelter for LGBT Adults

After years of wanting to provide D.C.'s LGBT homeless residents with a safe place to sleep, Ruby Corado's dream is becoming reality.

Maryland Business Owners Urge Shoppers To Buy Local

With less than a week to go before Christmas, local businesses are urging customers to do their shopping in-person — not online. In the Maryland suburbs, stores are showcasing their knowledge of the community to get people in the door.

Ban The Box Law Takes Effect In D.C., Helping Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

A new D.C. law prohibiting employers from asking someone applying for a job about their criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made is now in effect.

Two Minutes, Or 12? Metro Starts Testing Real-Time Bus Arrival Signs At Bus Stops

Metro wants you to be able to tell how long you have to wait for a bus by simply looking up at a sign at the bus stop.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Q&A: Rep. Chris Van Hollen On Alan Gross' Return From Cuba

The congressman from Maryland discusses his involvement in bringing the USAID contractor back to his home state after five years in a Cuban prison.

Water In Shaw Still Unsafe To Drink, Says D.C. Water

D.C. Water spokesperson John Lisle says there's a motor-oil like product in the water, and they're trying to figure out where it came from.

Environmental Group Calls On Maryland To Ban Fracking

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the natural gas-extraction process.

Washington Monument Closes Due To Elevator Malfunction

Visitors hoping to see the view from the top of the Washington Monument were out of luck Thursday.

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