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Friday, September 16, 2016

D.C. Democratic Party Names Robert White As Interim Replacement for Vincent Orange

Robert White will assume Orange's City Council seat through the general election in November.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

D.C. Updates Police Body Camera Policy After Terrence Sterling Shooting

D.C. is requiring police officers to verbally acknowledge that their body cameras are turned on before responding to a call, following the fatal shooting of motorcyclist that wasn’t caught on video.

LISTEN: Why Did Some Riders Hop Out Of A Stopped Metro Train And Into The Tunnel?

This week at least two passengers self-evacuated from a Red Line train stopped in the tunnel between Farragut North and Dupont Circle. People who were on the train tell Martin Di Caro that Metro failed to provide clear and timely information about what was happening.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

U.S. Army 'Loves Museums' But Didn't Start Building A National One Until Now

Every branch of the U.S. military has a national museum, except the Army. But that's about to change at a site in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Spy Museum Breaks Ground On New Building At L'Enfant Plaza

The country's only museum dedicated to espionage broke ground on a new building Wednesday, having outgrown its current home in Chinatown.

Kaine Downplays Presidential Readiness Amid Clinton Illness

Tim Kaine was asked if there's more pressure to prove he's up for the presidency given Hillary Clinton's pneumonia. The usually folksy and expansive Virginia senator was curt: No, he said, he absolutely does not think that.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LISTEN: A View From 7th Street In Shaw, As A New Museum Awaits On The Mall

In advance of the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, we're revisiting portions of black history in the Washington region. John Johnson, a contributor to our Anacostia Unmapped series, has a story about the view from one D.C. neighborhood and a poet who grew up there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

LISTEN: Is There Hope For The Washington Redskins This Year?

Washington Post sportswriter Liz Clarke speaks with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the team's first game — and first loss — on Monday night.

Northern Virginia Commuters Beware: Longest SafeTrack Surge Set To Begin

It's going to be peak SafeTrack for riders on the Orange Line starting this week — with 42 days of weekday single tracking and weekend station closures likely to prompt crowded cars and headaches.

On Capitol Hill, Tension Between History And Growth Comes Down To Single Street

A group of residents on Emerald Street NE thinks their 770-foot-long thoroughfare deserves special protections from the city. But their effort comes amid continuing discussion over just how D.C. balances maintaining its past with making room for waves of new arrivals.

How Women Have Changed The Culture Of Policing In D.C. And Elsewhere

After 10 years as chief of D.C. Police, Cathy Lanier is heading to a new job in charge of security for the NFL. When she steps down from MPD, there will be just three female chiefs among the 25 largest cities in the country. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Rising Labor Costs, Falling Ridership Set Table For Contract Talks With WMATA Union

Even as Metro ridership is taking a dive, employee costs continue to rise. With negotiations underway with the largest union of WMATA employees, the growth in worker compensation is likely to be a big topic.

LISTEN: Arlington County Superintendent Says His Focus Is On Equity

Superintendent Patrick Murphy talks to Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the biggest challenges and opportunities for the new school year.

Friday, September 9, 2016

'Sheldon' Wants Your Vote — For A D.C. Arts Office That Doesn't Exist

Who's Sheldon? He's the artist campaigning for an elected office that doesn't exist. As the city's aspiring Minister of Culture, he wants to raise awareness of issues facing art and artists in D.C.

Olympic Flame Is Out, But Fighting Spirit Remains In Maryland Boxer

Gary Antuanne Russell came home to a hero's welcome in Capitol Heights, Maryland. After all the hugs, kisses and selfies from the enthusiastic crowd, the boxer was still reckoning with the results of his quarterfinal match.