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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

As National Park Service Turns 100, Financial Straits Hit Close To Home In D.C.

The agency is facing $12 billion in deferred maintenance costs. In the Washington region, the National Mall may be the most noticeable sign of those troubles.

Plan For Homeless Shelter Met With Lawsuit By Residents Of D.C.'s Ward 3

A group of residents in the McLean Gardens neighborhood of Northwest D.C. are filing a lawsuit to stop the construction of a 50-unit family homeless shelter in their neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Was D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier Like As A Beat Cop?

After Chief Cathy Lanier departs the Metropolitan Police Department, she'll be remembered for nearly a decade of service in the top job. But before she became chief, she had a long career as a regular cop.

Longtime Assistant D.C. Police Chief To Be Lanier's Interim Replacment

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday that Peter Newsham will serve as interim chief while she searches for someone to fill the position permanently.

Howard University's Newest Freshman: Actor Nick Cannon

Actor Nick Cannon — famous for college-themed films like Drumline — has started his first year at Howard University, according to posts on his social media accounts.

LISTEN: Five Years After Earthquake, Repairs Still Have Long Way To Go

The Washington region is still feeling the effects of the rare 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in August 2011, with the repairs to the National Cathedral perhaps the most conspicuous.

Monday, August 22, 2016

D.C. Celebrates Opening Of First All-Boys Public High School

Mayor Muriel Bowser addressed concerns about the new Ron Brown College Preparatory High School — a school for young men of color — at its opening ceremony Monday.

Beltway Series Time: Does A Washington-Baltimore Baseball Rivalry Really Exist?

As the Orioles and Nationals kick off a four-game interleague series, we take a look into the competitive (or not?) dynamic between two successful regional teams.

LISTEN: Diane Rehm And Isabel Wilkerson Remember Roosevelt High Over The Years

Two prominent alumnae of Roosevelt High School in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood remember very different times attending the school — one when it was all white, the other when it was all black.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Film Festival That Shows The World Through An African Lens

The 10th edition of D.C.'s African Diaspora International Film Festival finds traces of Africa all over the world.

Washington Home Values Continue Historic Flip As D.C. Outpaces Suburbs

Values of homes in D.C. are 27 percent more expensive than those in the nearby suburbs according to a new report — a reflection of changing tastes and attitudes towards urban living.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Prince George’s County Head Start Scrambles After Losing Millions in Funding

Prince George's County officials are moving quickly to assure parents that Head Start programs will open on schedule, despite reports of child abuse that led to a loss of $6.4 million in federal funding for the county this week.

Metro Police Now Added To Investigation Into East Falls Church Derailment

In an unexpected turn, Metro announced Thursday that its investigation into the late July derailment of a Silver Line train has been expanded to include Metro Transit Police.

Shortfall: What A Roof Says About The State Of D.C.'s Public Housing

The D.C. Housing Authority says it's facing a $1.3 billion shortfall in federal funding it needs to maintain thousands of units of public housing in the nation's capital.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

As Chief Lanier Prepares To Exit, Trinidad Checkpoints Remain Flashpoint In Tenure

The decision to set up military-style checkpoints around one D.C. neighborhood in 2008 represents what supporters and critics say was the best and worst of Cathy Lanier's time as police chief.

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