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Friday, June 12, 2015

Beating The Odds: Student Flees Cameroon With Family, Starts Anew In D.C.

Georges Ngayap, 19, is a high school senior who came to this country as an asylum seeker just two years ago, and his tale of perseverance will inspire you.

Should D.C. Expand Its Summer Jobs Program To More 20-Somethings?

Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed expanding the District's summer jobs program to include participants up to 24 years old. But the D.C. Council is skeptical of the idea.

Joseph's House: Where Homeless D.C. Residents Find Comfort In Their Final Days

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Joseph's House, a hospice facility in D.C. that was founded to care for dying homeless people, particularly those living with HIV.

The Long, Hot Summer Ahead For D.C.'s Homeless Children

Summer is a milestone eagerly anticipated by many children. Not necessarily so for the children at D.C.'s Ketcham Elementary, many of whom are homeless and often struggle just to eat.

One Man, One Mountain, One Family Milestone To Conquer

Brian Whitmer's father and grandfather both died of heart attacks at 54. So when he saw that age coming, he responded in an unusual way -- by deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Report: Condition Of D.C. Jail 'Alarming,' Improvements Needed For Inmates

Inmates housed in the District's two detention facilities face "crumbling" infrastructure, a suicide rate that exceeds national standards and facilities for youth that are considered inadequate.

Third-Rail Hazard On Agenda For Metro Briefing

It's the transit system's first meeting since the National Transportation Safety Board revealed potential short-circuiting problems.

After A Stunning Alexandria Primary, What's Next For The Waterfront?

Is there still room for compromise on plans that would tear down old warehouses and redevelop those properties? The path forward will become clearer after November's election.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After Freddie Gray's Death, Unlikely Partnerships Emerge In Baltimore

In Baltimore, unlikely allies are teaming up in an effort to try to address disparities in the criminal justice system and problems in some of Baltimore's neighborhoods.

Vehicle-To-Vehicle Technology Is Driving The Future Of Driving

Cars that communicate with each other, and with the roads around them, may sound like something out a futuristic science-fiction movie about a time when crashes are a thing of the past and traffic jams don't happen. But the technology designed to try to create such a world is coming.

With Elder Abuse On The Rise In Montgomery County, Police Urge Awareness

The longer cases go unreported, the tougher it is to help, say officials in the Maryland county, where the elderly are the fastest-growing demographic.

Congress Again Tells D.C.: Don't Even Think About Legalizing Pot

A draft congressional spending bill would again forbid the District from legalizing the sale of marijuana, likely frustrating local efforts to create a regulated system of pot sales for a second year in a row.

Librarian Of Congress To Step Down After Nearly Three Decades

James Billington, 86, will retire on Jan. 1. He's credited with leading the library into the digital age, but he also has faced criticism for not addressing some information technology needs.

D.C. Council Casts Historic Vote On Budget, But Legal Uncertainty Remains

The D.C. Council on Wednesday cast a historic second vote on its budget, pushing forward under the assumption that the city is now free from some of the usual strictures imposed by Congress when it comes to spending local funds.

What Do Virginia's Primary Results Mean For November?

Michael Pope, Virginia reporter for WAMU 88.5 News, breaks down Tuesday's results in Alexandria's hotly contested mayoral race, as well as key races in other areas of the state.