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Friday, November 27, 2015

A Seventh-Generation Maryland Farmer Embraces Her Roots

For 27-year-old Nora Crist, farming is in her blood: her family has been working the land in Howard County, Maryland, for hundreds of years.

Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend

Captain Rachel Dean has been working on the water for years — but don't call her a "waterwoman." The southern Maryland native says she and her fellow female watermen — while a minority — are every bit as hard-working as the boys.

Where Is Food Insecurity Greatest In The D.C. Region? There's A Map For That

Even in a wealthy area like the D.C. region, hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of going hungry. But how do you locate them, to give them the help they need?

Longtime Chef For The Homeless Hangs Up His Apron

After 14 years feeding some of the city's neediest residents, Chef Steve Badt has helped change how people think about cooking for the homeless.

Baby Boomers Back In the D.C. Startup Game, Working With Their Kids

Think "startup" and you might think young millennials or Gen Xers. But it turns out people in their 50s and 60s are launching new businesses faster than anyone.

Man Works To Preserve His Brother's Restaurant Dreams

When a restaurant owner suddenly died, his brother decided to take on his sibling's culinary legacy.

Forget The Cronut: Is D.C. On The Cusp Of A Kolache Craze?

A mouth-watering treat is coming to D.C., by way of the Czech Republic... and Texas.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Metro GM To Meet Riders In Public Forum — And Let Them Vent

Metro's incoming general manager Paul Wiedefeld hopes to strike a new tone with rider — agreeing to meet with the WMATA Riders Union and fielding their requests for his first days in office.

Virginia Lawmakers Target 'Predatory' Car-Title Lenders

There are several pieces of legislation in the works in Virginia that would target predatory tactics by the car-title industry in Fairfax County, which WAMU documented extensively earlier this fall.

As Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Gain Traction, Policy Makers Look To States Like Maryland

More than 900,000 limited licenses have been issued to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. — and as more states craft policies, they are looking to states like Maryland for precedents that work.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After Drop In 2014, Traffic Deaths Nationwide Tick Up In 2015

Despite a record low fatality rate, staggering numbers of motorists, pedestrians, and bike riders continue to die on the nation’s roads, spurring top safety officials to call on states to pass stricter distracted driving and helmet laws.

D.C. Moving Forward On Plan To Close D.C. General Homeless Shelter

D.C. officials say they will soon announce the location of between six and eight shelters to replace the troubled homeless family shelter at D.C. General.

U.S. Transportation Secretary On Metro: Safety First, Expansion Later

Praising the hiring of Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said it was an "encouraging sign" on improving safety, which will have to be addressed before expansion fans are considered.

Leggett Changes Lanes, Plans To Build Rapid Bus Network 'Piecemeal'

A year ago, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett proposed creating a transit authority for the county to help pay for transportation projects. Now he's scrapping that idea to build rapid bus routes on at a time.

How Should D.C. Commemorate Marion Barry? Commission Offers 4 Suggestions

Marion Barry died one year ago this week, and a city commission is now recommending that D.C.'s "mayor for life" be remembered with a statue or by having a local school renamed after him.