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Friday, October 2, 2015

Should D.C. Change Its Fiscal Year? It's 'Infinitely Simple,' or 'Very Complicated'

After being under the federal government's financial thumb for so long, Washington, D.C., soon could move closer to financial autonomy, by being allowed to move away from the feds' October-September fiscal year. But is gaining that measure of freedom worth the tens of millions of dollars the change could cost?

In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing?

The D.C. Housing Authority is renovating homes once used as public housing and selling them for top dollar — supposedly to fund public housing elsewhere. But housing advocates say the sales are government-sponsored gentrification.

Council Member Kenyan McDuffie On His Strategy For Counseling 'At Risk' Youth

A D.C. Council member wants to try a different approach top stop the city's recent crime surge: identify the youth most likely to be involved in violence and help them turn their lives around with mentoring... and money.

Clips: 50 Years Of Cutting Hair In D.C.'s Farragut Square

He arrived in D.C. from Puerto Rico with just enough cash for  a taxi ride. Nearly 60 years later, Jose Rodriguez now trims, coils and shaves high-powered attorneys, politicians and globetrotting World Bank staffers.

'Feeder Crime' Data Serve Maryland County's Desire For A Lower Murder Rate

As many cities grapple with a rise in violent crime, Prince George's County is finding success using data to prevent homicides, while also targeting the root causes of violence.

Filmmaker Haile Gerima Pushes Against Convention At Howard University

D.C. filmmaker Haile Gerima helped spearhead a movement that took a more international, and less Hollywood, approach to the craft. As a professor at Howard University, he's helping film students find their own voices.

Inside The Fast-Cash World Of Virginia Car-Title Lenders

Virginia cracked down on payday lenders in 2009, but critics say the industry that's cropped up to replace them is just as predatory.

Why D.C.-Area Commuters Say They Are Dropping Metro

With Metro stumbling through its worst year since 2009, we talk with commuters who are so fed up with the system's unreliable service, they say they're breaking up with it.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

LISTEN: Even Ahead Of Hurricane Joaquin, It'll Be Really Wet In D.C. Region

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang explains how the next few days will see a lot of rain, regardless of where and when Hurricane Joaquin starts to push from the southeast.

With D.C. Schools No Longer 'Broken,' Next Step Is More Relevancy, Chancellor Says

Graduation rates are up, truancy is down, enrollment is up, and now DCPS must start focusing on doing even more for students, Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in her "state of the schools" remarks and in earlier comments to reporters.


Budget Pressures, Language Barriers And More: Region's Schools Share Challenges

WAMU 88.5 special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza discusses what she's hearing from school-system leaders in Maryland and Virginia, and how their challenges compare with D.C.'s public schools.

Prepare For Hurricane Joaquin Now — Whatever The Forecast Is — Agencies Say

Get familiar with the system of weather alerts — all the watches and warnings – and find ways to stay in touch with the latest information, officials say.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Bowser-Related PAC Is Raising Unlimited Funds, Thanks To Legal Quirk

D.C. has some of the strictest campaign finance laws in the country. But a new group founded by supporters of Mayor Bowser has come up with a novel way to tap unlimited campaign donations.

NTSB Recommends Stronger Federal Oversight For Metrorail

The current federal oversight of the D.C. region's subway system is not strong enough, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is now saying the Federal Railroad Administration should oversee Metrorail.

A Big Storm Is Now Officially Hurricane Joaquin. What Does It Mean For D.C.?

There's no consensus on exactly how or when Hurricane Joaquin might hit the East Coast, but so far meteorologists say that regardless of the details, it will have a big impact on the weekend and beyond in the D.C. area.