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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dance Legend Returns To Washington In Time To Help Ballet Celebrate A Milestone

Ballet superstar Julie Kent was a Bethesda teenager studying at the Maryland Youth Ballet before moving to New York decades ago. Now she's coming home, but her job isn't to perform.

DCPS Graduation Rates Rise Again, As Chancellor Kaya Henderson Steps Down

The share of D.C. public school students who are graduating in four years increased to 69 percent, up 16 percentage points in five years.

Developer-In-Chief: Obama Wants D.C. (And Other Cities) To Build More Housing

Is enough housing being built in Washington and other U.S. cities? President Obama doesn't seem to think so.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Renovation At National Gallery Of Art Brings Subtle But Important Changes

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art reopens this week after a three-year renovation. But even significant changes might go unnoticed.

D.C. Council Considers Joining Several States In Eliminating The 'Tampon Tax'

The Council's Committee on Finance and Revenue hears testimony Wednesday on whether the District should continue collecting taxes from the sale of feminine hygiene products and diapers.

Renewed Surge Of Central American Migrants Heads For Places Like D.C.

After a dip in 2015, the number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border is surging. A Gaithersburg teenager who dodged apprehension in 2014 reflects on what drove her to flee El Salvador, and a man who helps migrants at the Guatemala-Mexico border says the crisis shows no sign of abating.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

D.C. Releases Body Camera Footage Of Aftermath Of Terrence Sterling Shooting

D.C. officials have released the name of the MPD officer who shot and killed motorcyclist Terrence Sterling earlier this month, as well as footage from the officer's body-worn camera. It shows the aftermath of the shooting in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood.

DDOT Questions Metro's Ability To Protect People With Disabilities For Ride-Hailing Paratransit Trips

As Metro looks to reduce the cost of its expensive MetroAccess paratransit service, they're turning to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide low-cost trips. Some critics say they represent a race to the bottom.

Debris, Third Rail Power Cables Involved In Friday Track Fire At Metro Center

Last Friday's Metro commute was snarled by delays stemming from a track fire at Metro Center. A preliminary report and photos and video from passengers suggestthe cause was debris that caught fire on the tracks.

D.C. Universities And Businesses Propose Bill Requiring 8 Weeks Of Paid Leave

With the business community and universities on board, it's looking more likely that D.C. workers will soon have paid family leave. But how much leave they get — and who pays for it — have not been decided.

LISTEN: Doctor Says Opioid Epidemic Hitting Every County In Maryland

Overdose deaths in Maryland jumped over 50 percent in the first half of 2016.

D.C. Court Backs Low-Income Renters In Fight With Developer Over Building

The low-income residents of the Museum Square building in Mt. Vernon Square have won a legal victory in their fight to buy the 302-unit building from its Virginia-based owner.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Presidential Debate: Full Coverage From NPR Politics

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are holding their first one-on-one debate tonight. NPR Politics has full coverage, including live fact-checking.

Elevator Trouble Closes Washington Monument Indefinitely

The same troubles that have prompted intermittent closures at the Washington Monument will now close it indefinitely until it can be modernized.

Can Taxis Compete With Uber? Overhaul Of D.C. Cabs On The Way

It's been just a few years since D.C. taxis standardized their look and payment systems, but sweeping new regulations promise to bring cab companies in the District closer to the ride-hailing apps that have been cannibalizing their business.