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Friday, July 8, 2016

Metro Fires Train Operator After 'Near Miss' On Red Line

A Metrorail operator who ran a red signal on the Red Line has been fired after risking a collision and threatening the safety of two track inspectors, the transit authority’s general manager said in an email to all employees Friday.

U.S. Capitol Briefly Locked Down After Report Of Woman With Gun

The Sergeant at Arms informed House leadership staff that it had been a false alarm. Normal operations quickly resumed at the Capitol, with visitors let inside and the House preparing to come back into session and vote.

LISTEN: At Hirshhorn, An Exhibit For Audio Adventurers

The ninth annual "Sound Scene" turns the Hirshhorn museum into a sonic playground.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Suspect Gang Involvement In Murder Of 18-Year-Old In Gaithersburg

The recent murder of Cristian Villagran-Morales in a Montgomery County Park is just the latest in a trend of gang violence that has gripped the area this year.

Heat Emergency Likely Through Weekend, With Heat Index Topping 100

D.C. residents should plan ways to stay cool through the weekend, as brutal heat and humidity promise to make doing much of anything outside unbearable.

From Cuba To The Capital — OAS Exhibit Opens Dialogue With New Generation

Cuban has had a frought relationship with the United States, but as the barriers fall, the work of a new generation of artists reflect their emergence from isolation.

As SafeTrack Carries On, Metro's Usual Problems Persist

Metro is setting about fixing many of its maintenance problems, but a signal overrun by a Metrorail operator and problems with trains themselves is a reminder that many of the problems go deeper.

D.C. Cabbies Wait For App Of Their Own While Uber And Its Ilk Thrive

D.C. Taxi drivers hoping to compete with Uber at the e-hailing game will have to keep waiting, as the D.C. Taxi app languishes unfinished and under-used in "public beta."

Is There A Washington D.C. Accent?

Can a transient city like Washington D.C. have an accent? That's the question we set out to answer in the latest story in our What's With Washington project.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

LISTEN: After Cool July 4, Washington Is In For 'Brutal' Week Ahead

July was unusually cool and the rest of the week will be hotter than normal. What's driving this pattern? Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow weighs in.

Will SafeTrack Drive Away Some Metro Riders For Good?

Disruptions caused by Metro's SafeTrack maintenance program are forcing riders to figure out new ways to get around — but will they be enough to form new habits? Will lost riders ever come back?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SafeTrack Surge #3 Brings Crowding, Even Though Ridership Was Down 70 Percent

SafeTrack is back in Northern Virginia this week, forcing riders to trade shuttles for trains between Braddock Road and National Airport. So how did it go during the first rush hour?

Monday, July 4, 2016

What's Beneath The Surface At National Building Museum's New Exhibit?

The National Building Museum has debuted its new exhibit — evoking a field of icebergs to help visitors cool off from the summer sun.

Friday, July 1, 2016

National Air And Space Museum Celebrates 40 Years Of Wonder

Smithsonian's National Air and Space museum first opened on July 1, 1976, and for four decades it's helped kids and adults revel in the wonders of flight.

Metro Sends Mixed Messages About Crowded X2 Buses

Ever since the start of the second SafeTrack surge, riders on the crosstown X2 bus have noticed major crowding. But is it because there are fewer large buses or because of spillover from the track work?