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Friday, September 2, 2016

D.C. Official Possibly Fired To Appease Campaign Contributor, Lawyer Says

A lawyer representing one of the employees forced out in the controversial staff shakeup at D.C.'s Department of General Services says his client Yinka Alao may have been fired to appease a major donor to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

When It Comes To Colleges Addressing Slavery, 'The Bar Is Pretty Low,' Historian Says

Georgetown University has taken significant step toward making amends for its historical relationship with slavery. WAMU spoke with historian Craig Steven Wilder — author of the book "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities" — about why he's cautiously optimistic about their efforts.

Georgetown Slavery Report Is Only The Beginning, Professor Says

Georgetown University's efforts to acknowledge its ties to slavery are just the start of a longer process, says one of the authors of the school's new report on slavery and reconciliation.

LISTEN: Maryland's New School Calendar, Updating The Bay Bridge

Catch up on the week's major regional news stories with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

LISTEN: Georgetown Professor Discusses School's Atonement For 1838 Slave Sale

The Rev. Matthew Carnes, a professor of government at Georgetown, was part of the working group that made several suggestions, including special consideration in the admissions process for the descendants of the slaves.

Metro Unintentionally Helps Baltimore Get Through Mini-SafeTrack Of Its Own

A well-timed phone call from Baltimore's transit agency to Metro officials helped the Charm City's subway system make some key decisions about crossover tracks like those that caused this summer's Silver Line derailment in Virginia.

Trump's Promised Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities Would Hit D.C. Region

There's no textbook definition of a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, but localities such as Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George's counties as well as the District would potentially face sanctions if Donald Trump wins the presidency.

Georgetown University Taking Steps To Atone For Sale Of 272 Slaves

Nearly 200 years ago, the Jesuit university sold off 272 slaves to help pay off debts. Now, Georgetown officials have a plan for atonement.

LISTEN: Why Education Groups Oppose Longer Summer For Maryland Students

A longer summer may get the endorsement of Maryland's students, but education groups say it can contribute to backsliding and put undo burdens on low-income families.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

LISTEN: Why Maryland Is Moving The First Day Of School Later Next Year

For the 2017-18 school year, Maryland students won't be back in the classroom until after Labor Day. One of the supporters of the new policy is a high-ranking Democrat, state Comptroller Peter Franchot. He explains what Gov. Larry Hogan (R) wants to achieve with the move.

Maryland's Governor Alters School Calendar; Education Groups Question Motives

An order from Gov. Larry Hogan will push the start of the 2017-18 school year until after Labor Day. Opponents say the perceived economic benefits of the move might not outweigh the potential effects on academics and families' finances.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A 'September Shock' On Area Roads? Depends On Where You're Driving.

Terrible Traffic Tuesday — otherwise known as the day after Labor Day — is almost upon on the D.C. region. But will it be the worst day?

One Month Since Deadly Flooding, Ellicott City Announces New Rebuilding Resources

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said it's hard to believe it's the same place as the disaster zone he walked through after the July 30 storm.

D.C. Students See Modest Gains In Test Scores, But Few Remain Ready For College

Students in D.C.'s public schools are doing better on English and math tests, but even with recent gains only around a quarter of them are considered ready for college or career.

LISTEN: 'Heavy Duty' SafeTrack Surges Ahead After Labor Day For Metro

Metro has reached a halfway point of sorts, completing about eight of its planned SafeTrack "maintenance surges," but there are many months of single-tracking and shutdowns ahead. Martin Di Caro and Matt McCleskey explain what's waiting in September and beyond.