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Thursday, June 30, 2016

For Nonprofits Tackling Poverty, Collaboration Remains Important Hurdle

Of all the efficiencies created in trying to end poverty for good, the Padua Project may have made its biggest dent simply by getting organizations with the same mission to work together. 

How A D.C. Diversion Program Helps Get Young Lives Off The Ropes

The city-run Alternatives to the Court Experience program (ACE) is receiving an award today for the work they've done channeling the energy of at-risk kids like young Bernard into productive pursuits.

Will FAA Change Flight Plans To Calm Jet Noise Over D.C. Neighborhoods?

Homeowners in neighborhoods like Georgetown and Foggy Bottom have complained about shifts in flight paths that have put veritable airplane highways above their heads. But is it a problem that can be fixed?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chancellor Kaya Henderson Says She's Leaving D.C. Public Schools

Kaya Henderson, who has served as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools since late 2010, announced Wednesday that she is leaving the school system's top job.

Metro Says It Responded Correctly To Monday Track Fire, Despite Confusion

A track fire Monday at Gallery Place on the Green/Yellow Line caused a major meltdown for Metro riders commuting home, but General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says the transit agency responded correctly.

It's Official: If D.C. Becomes The 51st State, It Will Be Known As... New Columbia

If D.C. ever becomes the 51st state, it will officially be known as the State of New Columbia. And what's now the 13-member D.C. Council will become a 21-person House of Delegates.

Taking The Personal Approach To Lifting People Out Of Poverty

If a nonprofit is going to end poverty, it has to take a deep personal interest in its clients. Caseworkers for the Padua Project do it by having client loads that are a fraction of similar social service agencies, but does it work?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Black D.C. Residents More Likely To Fear For Safety And Distrust Police, Says Survey

There are stark disparities in feelings of safety between the District's 8 wards, with the city's African American population also reporting greater distrust of police.

Dispute Between D.C. Council Members Could Derail Bike And Pedestrian Safety Bill

Bicyclists who are found even 1 percent at fault in an accident often cannot get compensation for injuries. That would change under proposed legislation before the D.C. Council, but two legislators are sparring over the extent of the law.

Why Fight Poverty When You Can End It? Padua Project Calls The Nonprofit Bluff

Charities and social services organizations have tried to tackle poverty for years. But what if instead of just fighting poverty a nonprofit sought to end it for good? Is that even possible?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bowser Signs Bill Raising D.C.'s Minimum Wage To $15, With Nod From Obama

"I commend the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the Council of the District of Columbia for raising the District's minimum wage," said President Barack Obama in a statement on Monday evening.

Metro's Chief Looks To Slash 500 Positions In Major Restructuring

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is cutting 500 positions in the transit agency, a move aimed at slimming down Metro’s bureaucracy to save money ahead of a tough budget year.

Supreme Court Overturns Conviction Of Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday in favor of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was found guilty in 2014 of accepting gifts from a wealthy businessman in exchange for political favors.

D.C. Health Department Says Pot Sales Should Be Legal, But Congress Still Says No

The D.C. Department of Health says D.C. officials should consider legalizing, regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana. The only problem? Congress won't allow it.