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Friday, April 8, 2016

Drivers' Union Seeks Major Changes After Audit Exposes Problems With Circulator

The union representing D.C. Circulator drivers called on the District to fire the private firm in charge of operating and maintaining the bus line, after an audit determined Cincinnati-based First Transit kept buses in service that were in a state of disrepair.

MPD Asking For Public's Help Cracking Down On Dirt Bikes, ATVs

After several high-profile incidents, D.C. Police are hoping the public can identify more than 200 persons of interest in connection with incidents involving groups of people on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Defective Buses, Inadequate Maintenance Found In Audit Of D.C. Circulator

The oldest D.C. Circulator buses in the District’s fleet have remained on the roads despite “an exceptionally high number of defects,” says an audit by the District Department of Transportation.

'Surprising' Super PAC Spending Continues To Grow In Maryland Senate Race

Independent campaign groups are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into Maryland' s Senate race, and the cash is having an outsized influence on the Democratic primary race between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards.

Metro Track-Safety 'Blitz' Continues On Specific Areas Of Rail System

Federal safety inspectors are descending upon Metrorail for a “track inspection blitz,” part of the federal government’s temporary yet growing intervention into the regional subway system’s routine maintenance program.

Passenger 'Panic Buttons' Coming To D.C. Cabs Over Industry Opposition

Prompted by legislation to improve safety, "panic buttons" are starting to appear in D.C. cabs. Rollout so far has been slow and early implementation is exposing potential wrinkles in the idea.

Development Without Displacement? Proposal In D.C. Council Aims To Try

Two D.C. Council members have proposed an idea that would seek to prevent residents of the Congress Heights neighborhood from being displaced as the development of the St. Elizabeths site moves forward.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How Can Teachers Meet The Needs Of Unaccompanied Minors Who Have Suffered 'Complex Trauma?'

There are nearly 700 students in Montgomery County Public Schools who fled from Central America, and the school system is working on training to meet the socio-emotional needs of this often traumatized unaccompanied youths.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Maryland Wraps Up State-Level Approval Process For Purple Line

The Maryland Board of Public Works, which includes Gov. Larry Hogan as a member, has approved the deal between the state and a team of private contractors to build the 16-mile line between Bethesda and New Carrollton.

D.C. Police To Search National Arboretum For Relisha Rudd

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced on Wednesday morning that police will search the National Arboretum for Relisha Rudd, who disappeared from the D.C. General homeless shelter two years ago when she was 8.

On Closing D.C. General Homeless Shelter, A Tug Of War Over Terms And Timelines

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to replace the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General with 7 smaller, neighborhood-based shelters faces criticism over costs and locations.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Transportation Secretary: Metro Has Support If Shutdowns Deemed Necessary

Secretary Anthony Foxx says he would defer to Metro’s new general manager on any decisions to shut down parts of the rail system to quicken the pace of maintenance.

Ivanhoe Donaldson, Marion Barry's 'Alter Ego' Dies at 74

Once one of the most powerful men in local D.C. politics, Ivanhoe Donaldson passed away over the weekend at 74. Those who look back on his career see him as the "fixer" behind Marion Barry's rise.

Hackers Broke Into MedStar Hospital's System Despite Software Flaw Warnings

The hackers who seriously disrupted operations at a large hospital chain recently and held some data hostage broke into a computer server left vulnerable despite urgent public warnings since at least 2007 that it needed to be fixed with a simple update, The Associated Press has learned.

D.C. Starts Mosquito Trapping Early, Tests For More Viruses, Including Zika

Officials announced they are starting mosquito trapping this week, two months earlier than in previous years, and they'll continue through the first frost in the fall.