Local News from WAMU 88.5

Monday, October 12, 2015

University Of Maryland Fires Football Coach

An embarrassing season for the men's football team has prompted the firing of coach Randy Edsall.

Montgomery County Board Of Elections Backs Off Plan To Move Early-Voting Sites

The proposal prompted accusations of voter suppression by many county Democrats.

A Quarter Of Metro's Board Would Get A Makeover Under Senate Legislation

As one of Metro's "jurisdictions," the federal government makes four appointments to the board. The legislation, pushed by the D.C.-area Senate delegation, would move that authority from the General Services Administration to the secretary of Transportation.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Baltimore Exhibit Captures African-American Life On Eastern Shore

In a new exhibit running through April at Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum, artist Ruth Starr Rose captures moments of everyday African-American life on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the 1920s and 30s.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Top Transportation Official Opposes Move To Change Metro Safety Oversight

A move to change who is watching over Metrorail is facing its first obstacle: the Department of Transportation is not endorsing an urgent safety recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board to shift oversight to the Federal Railroad Administration.

A Storm, A Friend, And Redemption: A Street Sense Vendor Is 'Still Standing'

The unlikely duo of Gerald Anderson and Susan Orlins collaborated on a book about a life on the margins, Hurricane Katrina, and redemption.

At 'Low Point,' Metro Leadership Acknowledges Self-Inflicted Wounds

The interim general manager of the second-busiest commuter rail system in America officially conceded what many riders and outside observers have been saying: Consistently poor service is pushing customers away.

Inside Virginia's Car-Title Loan Industry, And Why It Drives Watchdog Groups Crazy

WAMU 88.5's Michael Pope discusses his reporting on the commonwealth's car-title lending industry, which offers the promise of quick cash in exchange for the title of your automobile.

Council Member's Million Man March Message: Economic Power, D.C. Statehood

Council member Vincent Orange says the theme of "Justice or Else!" is about using the minority community's economic power to better effect. The march will mark the 20th anniversary of Louis Farrakhan's 1995 event.

This Week On Metro Connection: Oct. 9, 2015

We go poking around Metro stations with a botanist, and find out why the Kennedy Center is teaming up with the U.S. Botanic Garden. We also visit a D.C. neighborhood where some residents say the city isn't doing enough to get rid of vacant and blighted properties.

Art From El Salvador's Civil War Sparks Painful Memories

El Salvador's bloody civil war displaced as many as one out of every four Salvadorans. It also inspired great — if often disturbing — works of art.

Door to Door: Vienna, Va., and Greenbelt, Md.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit two towns on the ends of Metro lines: Vienna, Virginia, and Greenbelt, Maryland.

Unusual Coproduction Uses Musical Theater To Teach Kids Botany

Musical theater and botany? You may be thinking "Little Shop of Horrors," but there are no man-eating plants in two new productions at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

White House Nominates Channing Phillips For D.C. U.S. Attorney

Phillips, a former prosecutor and spokesman for the office, is being picked over acting U.S. Attorney Vinnie Cohen.

Metro Delays Caused By Fire May Be Resolved Sooner Than Expected

After a short circuit sparked a fire at a power substation near RFK Stadium, Metro warned riders that speed restrictions and delays would last into next spring. But now, the transit authority's infrastructure chief, Andy Off, says normal service could be back by the end of the year.