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Friday, July 15, 2016

Feds Say Worker Protections Violated During First SafeTrack Surges

The Federal Transit Administration has noted more than 100 "defects" by Metro during the first two surges of the SafeTrack program.

Metro Faces Yawning Deficit As Budget Is Squeezed From Both Sides

The combination of declining ridership and ballooning labor costs have set the stage for yearly deficits in excess of $1 billion inside of a few years, according to a new report presented to the WMATA board this week.

Anacostia Residents Fed Up With Negligent Property-Owner: The D.C. Government

In D.C., property owners who allow homes to be vacant or blighted can be punished. But what if those vacant homes are actually owned by the D.C. government? That's the case in Anacostia's historic district.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Does D.C. Need More Police?

After a week when the nation has been torn by two graphic videos of shootings by police and the killing of five officers in Dallas, the mayor of D.C. is saying that one of the city's public safety challenges is not enough police officers.

U.S. Senator Takes Aim At D.C. Over... Occupational Licensing

Republican Mike Lee of Utah is proposing a bill that would streamline — or gut, depending on your point of view — the city's occupational licensing rules and regulations for dozens of professions.

SafeTrack Shuttles Can't Use Alexandria Express Bus Lanes, Despite Complaints

Shuttles ferrying passengers around the station closures for SafeTrack Surge No. 4 will continue to stay bogged down in Route 1 traffic, despite complaints from riders and Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.).

How One D.C. Delegate Tried To Soften The GOP Party Platform On LGBT Issues

Rachel Hoff is an openly gay D.C. Republican, and this week she tried to soften the Republican Party's official position on same-sex marriage.

Has $2.1M Spent Lobbying U.S. Lawmakers Derailed Peace Process In South Sudan?

In a reporting collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity, we look into how the government of South Sudan has spent millions on lobbying to keep aid flowing to the African republic and smooth out its image amid bloody civil conflict.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Metro Investigating Second Red Signal Overrun In Eight Days

It's been a bad couple weeks for Metro operators, as the transit authority investigates a second possible overrun of a red signal outside Reagan Washington National Airport.

TransportDC Faces Massive Cutbacks, Angering D.C. Disabled Community

The popular paratransit service is a victim of its own success — with ridership well beyond the original design of the program. But does it still have a future?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go Is Turning D.C. Into A Virtual Game Board

Next to a war memorial in downtown Washington, a new battle is taking shape. It's a war of Pokemon.

Monday, July 11, 2016

LISTEN: Anacostia Unmapped's Kymone Freeman On Race And Policing In D.C.

"It can happen anywhere," Kymone Freeman says about the types of shootings that have stirred protests nationwide.

Got A Quick, Cheap Fix For I-270 Traffic? Maryland Wants To Hear It

Maryland transportation officials are turning to the private sector to find solutions to traffic on I-270 — the most congested highway in the entire state.

LISTEN: Hundreds Turn Out To D.C. Vigil For Two Black Men Slain By Police

The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota galvanized D.C. residents Sunday, drawing hundreds to the African American Civil War monument for a vigil.

Friday, July 8, 2016

LISTEN: The Head Of D.C.'s Police Union On The Dangers And Politics Of Policing

Sgt. Matthew Mahl said Friday on WAMU 88.5's The Politics Hour that the killing of five officers in Dallas underscores the danger police face every day. The union leader also questioned Mayor Muriel Bowser's decision to release body camera footage this week from a local police shooting.