Local News from WAMU 88.5

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.

Law Enforcement Memorial Draws Mourners Of Officers Shot In Dallas

A quiet D.C. landmark has become the place to mourn the five police officers killed Thursday night in a sniper attack in Dallas.

Metro Fires Train Operator After 'Near Miss' On Red Line

A Metrorail operator who ran a red signal on the Red Line has been fired after risking a collision and threatening the safety of two track inspectors, the transit authority’s general manager said in an email to all employees Friday.

U.S. Capitol Briefly Locked Down After Report Of Woman With Gun

The Sergeant at Arms informed House leadership staff that it had been a false alarm. Normal operations quickly resumed at the Capitol, with visitors let inside and the House preparing to come back into session and vote.

LISTEN: At Hirshhorn, An Exhibit For Audio Adventurers

The ninth annual "Sound Scene" turns the Hirshhorn museum into a sonic playground.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Permitting Problems: Who’s Working On Your House? In D.C., It’s Not Clear

Some D.C. homeowners say that licensed electricians and plumbers have long pulled permits for work that's done by someone else, leaving the consumer in the dark as to who's working on their house and potentially enabling shoddy house-flippers.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Suspect Gang Involvement In Murder Of 18-Year-Old In Gaithersburg

The recent murder of Cristian Villagran-Morales in a Montgomery County Park is just the latest in a trend of gang violence that has gripped the area this year.

Heat Emergency Likely Through Weekend, With Heat Index Topping 100

D.C. residents should plan ways to stay cool through the weekend, as brutal heat and humidity promise to make doing much of anything outside unbearable.

From Cuba To The Capital — OAS Exhibit Opens Dialogue With New Generation

Cuban has had a frought relationship with the United States, but as the barriers fall, the work of a new generation of artists reflect their emergence from isolation.

As SafeTrack Carries On, Metro's Usual Problems Persist

Metro is setting about fixing many of its maintenance problems, but a signal overrun by a Metrorail operator and problems with trains themselves is a reminder that many of the problems go deeper.

D.C. Cabbies Wait For App Of Their Own While Uber And Its Ilk Thrive

D.C. Taxi drivers hoping to compete with Uber at the e-hailing game will have to keep waiting, as the D.C. Taxi app languishes unfinished and under-used in "public beta."

Is There A Washington D.C. Accent?

Can a transient city like Washington D.C. have an accent? That's the question we set out to answer in the latest story in our What's With Washington project.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

LISTEN: After Cool July 4, Washington Is In For 'Brutal' Week Ahead

July was unusually cool and the rest of the week will be hotter than normal. What's driving this pattern? Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow weighs in.

Will SafeTrack Drive Away Some Metro Riders For Good?

Disruptions caused by Metro's SafeTrack maintenance program are forcing riders to figure out new ways to get around — but will they be enough to form new habits? Will lost riders ever come back?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SafeTrack Surge #3 Brings Crowding, Even Though Ridership Was Down 70 Percent

SafeTrack is back in Northern Virginia this week, forcing riders to trade shuttles for trains between Braddock Road and National Airport. So how did it go during the first rush hour?