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Friday, September 12, 2014

In Fast-Changing Columbia Heights, Tenants Fight Large Rent Hike

Tenants of a Columbia Heights building are battling a 31.5 percent rent increase — and the possibility their homes may be converted to condos.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montgomery County Firefighter Remembers Responding On 9/11

For many area emergency responders on Sept. 11, 2001, the lessons of the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon remains fresh to this day.

Local Lawmakers Lining Up Behind President On ISIS Plan

President Barack Obama outlined his strategy to take on ISIS Wednesday night with airstrikes and by arming Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian opposition groups. While many lawmakers back the president, many urge him to seek congressional approval.

Discrimination Complaints Trickle In About D.C. Cabs

The DCTC has gotten a handful of complaints since streamlining the complaint process for racial discrimination among D.C. cab drivers last month, but D.C. cabbies themselves maintain their decisions are motivated by safety and good business practices.

D.C. Teacher To Apologize For Asking Students To Compare Bush To Hitler

As part of a discussion on the book "War and Peace," a sixth-grade teacher asked their students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Poll Shows Warner Dominating Virginia Senate Race

The poll shows that Warner has support from 53 percent of Virginia voters and Gillespie at 31 percent. Even if the Republican were to pick up the 5 percent currently supporting Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, he still wouldn't be able to overcome Warner's advantage.

Missing Woman Charged With Misdemeanor Child Neglect

Catherine Hoggle, 27, remains missing along with her two young children. Hoggle hasn't been seen since meeting with her husband Monday at a fast food restaurant in Germantown.

Regional Leaders Jump Behind Bid For 2024 Olympic Games

A bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games has received support from leaders from across the region, though details on hosting the sporting event remain vague.

D.C. Legislators May Tweak How Tickets Are Issued, But Speed Cameras To Stay

In the wake of a report criticizing how D.C. hands out tickets for parking and moving violations, lawmakers say they'll work to make the system more fair to drivers — but they won't be getting rid of speed cameras.

Metro Adding More Bike, Car Parking On Silver Line

Metro has announced that they will be adding more bike racks at the McLean Metro station after WAMU 88.5 reported that spots were in short supply.

Virginia Republican Leads Condemnation Of President For Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell is the sponsor on a resolution that would condemn President Barack Obama for failing to consult Congress before swapping prisoners for American service member Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Etsy Takes Stand Against Redskins Goods

Etsy — the popular online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods — now has a policy explicitly banning the use of the Redskins name or team logo.

Q&A: Investigating The Unaccompanied Minors Crisis At Its Source

As part of WAMU's ongoing coverage of the unaccompanied minors crisis, reporter Armando Trull is on a fact-finding mission to El Salvador. Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey gets updates on his reporting.

This Year's DC Shorts Film Festival Comes Right To Your Living Room

The DC Shorts Film Festival is in its 11th year and, for the first time, you'll be able to access the majority of the films on your home television.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Optimism For Medicaid Expansion In Virginia Special Session

Virginia legislators will meet in Richmond next week for a special session on Medicaid expansion, something Democrats say is little more than a "dog-and-pony show."