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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Uber Rolls Out New 'Scheduled Rides' Feature In Washington

Heading to the airport without a lot of time to lose? Uber is rolling out a new feature that will let you schedule a ride ahead of time — taking another bite out of taxicabs' traditional business.

Coming Soon To D.C. Streetcar: Sunday Service And Shorter Wait Times

For those who live or work on H Street, the D.C. Streetcar may soon become a more viable alternative to the bus — with a long-anticipated increase in service.

D.C. Is Full Of Tiny, Obscure Parks. Can The NPS Keep Up With Them?

In D.C., the National Park Service manages nearly 7,000 acres of public land — and some say the agency struggles to get the job done.

Why Don’t Washingtonians Take More Fashion Risks?

Professional Washington has a reputation for being conservative in its style of dress — is there any truth to this? And how can we break out of our box?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

D.C.'s Concealed-Carry Law To Face Big Test In Federal Court Next Month

Two legal challenges to D.C.'s restrictive concealed-carry law will be heard by a federal three-judge panel next month, pushing the fight over how far the city can go in restricting who can carry a concealed handgun further up the judicial process.

Metro Still Clearing Backlog Of 'Gauge Rods' Problem Identified In 2015 Incident

A critical maintenance backlog that was identified more than a year ago after an incident near the Smithsoinian station remains unfinished business for Metro.

As National Park Service Turns 100, Financial Straits Hit Close To Home In D.C.

The agency is facing $12 billion in deferred maintenance costs. In the Washington region, the National Mall may be the most noticeable sign of those troubles.

Plan For Homeless Shelter Met With Lawsuit By Residents Of D.C.'s Ward 3

A group of residents in the McLean Gardens neighborhood of Northwest D.C. are filing a lawsuit to stop the construction of a 50-unit family homeless shelter in their neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Was D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier Like As A Beat Cop?

After Chief Cathy Lanier departs the Metropolitan Police Department, she'll be remembered for nearly a decade of service in the top job. But before she became chief, she had a long career as a regular cop.

Longtime Assistant D.C. Police Chief To Be Lanier's Interim Replacment

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday that Peter Newsham will serve as interim chief while she searches for someone to fill the position permanently.

Howard University's Newest Freshman: Actor Nick Cannon

Actor Nick Cannon — famous for college-themed films like Drumline — has started his first year at Howard University, according to posts on his social media accounts.

LISTEN: Five Years After Earthquake, Repairs Still Have Long Way To Go

The Washington region is still feeling the effects of the rare 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in August 2011, with the repairs to the National Cathedral perhaps the most conspicuous.

Monday, August 22, 2016

D.C. Celebrates Opening Of First All-Boys Public High School

Mayor Muriel Bowser addressed concerns about the new Ron Brown College Preparatory High School — a school for young men of color — at its opening ceremony Monday.

Beltway Series Time: Does A Washington-Baltimore Baseball Rivalry Really Exist?

As the Orioles and Nationals kick off a four-game interleague series, we take a look into the competitive (or not?) dynamic between two successful regional teams.

LISTEN: Diane Rehm And Isabel Wilkerson Remember Roosevelt High Over The Years

Two prominent alumnae of Roosevelt High School in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood remember very different times attending the school — one when it was all white, the other when it was all black.