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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

As Questions Mount Over New Job, D.C. Legislator Says He'll Give Up Some Power

Faced with mounting questions and criticisms over a new job as head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange says he will likely give up his chairmanship of a Council committee handling business and regulatory affairs.

Body Camera Program For D.C. Police Gets Mixed Marks From Civil Rights Groups

A new national scorecard evaluating the body camera programs of 50 police departments around the country finds MPD's planned program is pioneering in some areas and lacking in others.

Metro Transit Officer Charged With Assisting Islamic State Group

Nicholas Young of Fairfax, Virginia — a Metro Transit Police officer — was arrested Wednesday for "transmitting funds to ISIL through electronic gift cards."

LISTEN: How Do We Explain The Flash Flooding In Ellicott City?

Ellicott City, Maryland, got half a foot of rain in just two hours on Saturday, causing damaging flooding. But is this something we can predict or prevent? Jeffrey B. Halverson, an expert on severe storms, talks us through it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Mental Health Issues Need Deeper Attention In D.C., Report Says

Mental and behavioral health — even things like stress and trauma, that aren't directly linked to specific diseases — are two of the top concerns for many D.C. patients, according to a new survey by a group of District hospitals and health care providers.

A Whiff Of The Corpse Flower, Washington's Stinkiest Tourist Attraction

“It’s a little cabbagey right now — a cabbagey stink," says a spokesperson for the U.S. Botanic Garden.

National Night Out: A Chance To Improve Relations With Police?

Across the Washington region, residents will congregate Tuesday evening for block parties as part of National Night Out — an annual tradition that has taken on new urgency after a spate of police-involved shootings in the U.S.

Monday, August 1, 2016

LISTEN: Ellicott City Gallery Owner Describes Terrifying Flood On Main Street

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery owner Robin Holliday describes the powerful rush of water that turned Ellicott City's historic Main Street into a disaster zone Saturday night.

Deteriorating Rail Ties Blamed For Derailment At East Falls Church

The partial derailment of a Silver Line train during morning rush hour on Friday was caused by a track condition commonly referred to as wide gauge, Metro said.

Construction On I-66 Toll Lanes Ready To Start Inside The Beltway

Construction on electronic toll lanes for Interstate 66 is ready to begin, the first piece in a decades-old vision to fundamentally transform the notoriously congested highway in Northern Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday.

Historic Ellicott City Faces Long Recovery After Flood Tears Through Main Street

Rebuilding homes, businesses and infrastructure along the picturesque Main Street of the Maryland town could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, officials said.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bigger Money, Wider Focus For Program That Supports Region's Latino Nonprofits

A D.C. youth soccer team, an Arlington robotics program and several other Washington-area groups are benefiting from the Inter-American Development Bank's decision to consolidate its grant money for local Latino and Caribbean nonprofits.

Sections of Orange, Silver Lines Closed After Derailment

Metro says rail service will be shut down through Friday afternoon between Ballston and West Falls Church on the Orange Line and Ballston and McLean on the Silver Line to allow for repairs to track damaged by a derailment.

Are The Hot Temperatures In D.C.'s Jail Violating Inmates' Rights?

Conditions at the D.C. Jail have been so hot in July that some are questioning whether it’s constitutional to house inmates there.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fired Train Operator Was Rushing To Take Break, Metro Says Of July 5 Incident

A Metrorail operator fired for running a red signal on the Red Line was rushing to get to his break at a location with plenty of good restaurant options, the transit authority’s chief safety officer said on Thursday in the most detailed description to date of the incident on the evening of July 5.