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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Inquiry Into Conflict At D.C. Agency Is Planned By Council Member Cheh

Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she plans on holding hearings on a recent staff shakeup at the city department that awards major public construction projects.

How Many Times Were You Late? Metro Is Keeping Track Of It Just For You

If you log into your SmarTrip account, you'll notice that Metro has started providing individualized trip analysis. It's called MyTripTime, and it measures the time from when you tap in, to when you tap out.

D.C. Takes Homes From Developer, Plans To Turn Them Into Affordable Housing

Six D.C. homes owned by a Virginia developer have been taken by the D.C. government and will be converted into affordable housing.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

LISTEN: Pay-to-Play Politics, Big Appointments Loom In D.C.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Turmoil At D.C. Agency After Disputes With Prominent Contractor, Campaign Contributor

The head of the D.C. Department of General Services has resigned and two top staffers are being forced out after a company that has been a key contributor to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaigns lost out on two major city construction contracts, sources tell WAMU 88.5.