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Friday, July 29, 2016

Sections of Orange, Silver Lines Closed After Derailment

Metro says rail service will be shut down through Friday afternoon between Ballston and West Falls Church on the Orange Line and Ballston and McLean on the Silver Line to allow for repairs to track damaged by a derailment.

Are The Hot Temperatures In D.C.'s Jail Violating Inmates' Rights?

Conditions at the D.C. Jail have been so hot in July that some are questioning whether it’s constitutional to house inmates there.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fired Train Operator Was Rushing To Take Break, Metro Says Of July 5 Incident

A Metrorail operator fired for running a red signal on the Red Line was rushing to get to his break at a location with plenty of good restaurant options, the transit authority’s chief safety officer said on Thursday in the most detailed description to date of the incident on the evening of July 5.

Man Convicted In Chandra Levy's Death Won't Be Retried

The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement Thursday that the office has moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy's 2001 murder.

LISTEN: Virginia's Youngest Democratic Delegate On Philadelphia And Beyond

The youngest Virginia delegate at the Democratic National Convention, 21-year-old Steven Yeung, talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about his experiences this week — and how he might have to do some campaigning for Hillary Clinton in his own household.

Report On 'Zoned Out' Metro Drivers Gets Fresh Attention After Signal Overruns

As Metrorail operators overrun red signals at an increasing clip, the transit authority is considering ways to keep the drivers focused on their jobs — more than a year after outside experts came up with 18 recommendations designed to reduce distractions.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Effort To Slow Traffic Through Historic D.C. Neighborhood Is Slow But Promising

D.C. officials say they are moving closer to implementing a "road diet" for Maryland Avenue NE — one of the first projects that may serve as a model for the city as it pursues the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities over the next decade, known as Vision Zero.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LISTEN: 'Ka-blam!' — Lightning Talk With The Capital Weather Gang

Does "heat lightning" really exist? Where's the best place to go when you hear thunder? Angela Fritz of The Capital Weather Gang explains the science behind lightning to WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson.

85 Degrees In The Cell Block: D.C. Jail Faces Pressure To Keep Inmates Cooler

A deputy mayor and a D.C. Council member discussed the steps the city is taking to fix things, for now, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

D.C. Prepares To Draft A Sweeping 'Cultural Plan' For The City

Can the arts become a bigger part of the overall development agenda for the nation's capital? D.C.'s government and insiders from its arts community want to make the city more attractive to creative people and industries — and they're working on an official plan for it.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Five More Metro Workers Disciplined In July 5 Red Signal Violation

Written reprimands, suspensions and the demotion of a supervisor are among the actions taken by General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, according to a memo to employees. A train operator already has been fired in the incident.

LISTEN: Stafford County Democratic Delegate On Kaine, Clinton And Convention

Kandy Hilliard, one of Virginia's delegates to the Democratic Convention this week in Philadelphia, says the commonwealth's delegation had a hint that Sen. Tim Kaine might be chosen as Hillary Clinton's running mate.

Metro's #Hotcars Problem Is Leading To More Than Just Overheated Riders

Metro is once again struggling to keep the air conditioning working in its railcars, and the result is a shortage in the number needed to meet demand during rush-hour periods.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Future Of Paratransit In D.C.: Finding The Right Price Tag For A Civil Right

Effective Friday, Transport DC — a District-subsidized taxicab service for people with disabilities — is being scaled back. One group of involved citizens is demanding that they not be left behind in the new age of urban mobility.

'I Wanted To Give Voice To Them' — Summer Program Spurs Theater About Race

Stark spotlights illuminate about a dozen teens. They shout out in groups: “I’m Latino, I’m black, I’m a woman, I’m mixed …” They're working on a play for the Paso Nuevo summer theater program, where D.C. youths find their voices on issues that matter to them.