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Monday, August 15, 2016

Christopher Barry, Son Of Former Mayor, Dies At Age 36

A spokeperson for the family has confirmed that Christopher Barry, son of the late District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, died in the early morning hours Sunday.

Friday, August 12, 2016

LISTEN: What Does It Mean For D.C. To Be 'Restaurant City Of The Year'?

The transformation of the nation's capital into a food capital continues with the city's designation as "Restaurant City Of The Year" by Bon Appétit magazine. We talk to people lined up at Bad Saint in Columbia Heights, and we also delve into D.C.'s restaurant culture with Anna Spiegel, food editor at Washingtonian.

D.C. 'Shadow Campaign' Funder Awaits Sentencing In Federal Corruption Case

Jeffrey Thompson, the mastermind behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to D.C. politicians, will be sentenced Monday.

D.C.'s Advocate For Utility Customers Plans To Appeal Pepco-Exelon Deal

D.C.'s Office of the People's Counsel — the city's advocate for utility ratepayers — says it will appeal the merger between Pepco and Exelon.

How To Cultivate Plants Using Just Water, Nutrients And A Steady Diet Of D.C. Punk

We've all heard that talking to plants helps them grow. But what about blasting them with punk rock? A new art project in D.C. tries it out.

Investigation Continues Into Deadly Silver Spring Fire; Dozens Remain Displaced

Thirty one residents and three firefighters were sent to the emergency room following a blast and fire on Wednesday, but now residents are left displaced and trying to pick up the pieces.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What Is That Black Stuff On The Jefferson Memorial? Park Service Battling Biofilm

Never fear, the National Park Service isn't just letting monuments to the founding fathers get dirty. No, they're grappling with a stubborn microorganism that resists their best efforts so far.

Fire Official: Dozens Hurt In Maryland Apartment Blaze

An explosion in a Silver Spring apartment building late Wednesday night has injured dozens and displaced more than 100.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Down-Ballot Dollars: $50,000 Reported In Super PAC Spending On Ward 8 Race

Newly released campaign finance records show that an out-of-state super PAC supported by organized labor pumped $50,000 into this spring's Democratic primary in Ward 8, backing incumbent LaRuby May. She lost, but experts say it's a sign of more to come.

Extra SafeTrack: More Weekend Metro Closures May Be Coming

More stretches of Metro may close entirely on weekends over the next few months, as the transit agency struggles to make fixes to the deteriorating system as part of its maintenance surges.

Boxing Genes: Capitol Heights Family Fuels Pursuit Of Olympic Gold

Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, Maryland, started his fight for Olympic glory on Wednesday night — driven by the lessons taught to him by his father and three older brothers, boxers all.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WikiLeaks Offering $20,000 Reward For Info On Murder Of DNC Staffer

Seth Rich, 27, was shot in the back last month in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington D.C. Now the non-profit open government organization WikiLeaks is asking for help solving the murder.

Are Sales Tax Holidays Worth The Trouble For Maryland And Virginia?

Virginia just wrapped up a weekend of sales tax-free shopping for back-to-school goods, and Maryland's sales tax holiday on clothes kicks off this Sunday. Whether they have an impact on state coffers or your pocket book is debatable.

Here Are Some Unsettling Findings From The Feds' Metro Track Inspection Report

A new report from the Federal Transit Administration says Metro is falling short on inspecting the system's 269.8 miles worth of track, and has ordered that 12 steps be taken to improve track inspections and maintenance.

Monday, August 8, 2016

As Orange Departs, Some Ask: Will The D.C. Council Now Tackle Money In Politics?

What might come from the conversation around Vincent Orange's now-aborted plan to hold a Council seat and the top job at the Chamber Of Commerce at the same time?