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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Documentary About Pentagon 9/11 Attack Is 'Only Partly A Military Story'

The film's executive producer explains some of the reasons why a documentary solely about the Pentagon's Sept. 11 story was a hard sell.

Maglev Between D.C. And Baltimore? MTA Embarks On Environmental Study

Maryland is serious about exploring the possibility of a high-speed maglev train between D.C. and Baltimore, with transportation officials kicking off an environmental study of the potential routes the train could take.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fewer Breakdowns, But More Lateness Reported In Metro's Latest Report Card

Metro’s failure-prone railcars showed significant improvement over the spring, with reliability up compared to the same period in 2015, but large percentages of trains continued to arrive late, according to a preliminary version of the transit authority’s latest Vital Signs report card.

Friday, September 2, 2016

LISTEN: Tracking Hurricane Hermine With The Capital Weather Gang

Should you bother heading to the beach this weekend? Hermine, the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade, could affect the Washington region as it comes northward. Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang explains what might be ahead.

Metro's Rhode Island Avenue Station To Remain Closed For Much Of Weekend

After small pieces of concrete fell twice in as many days, Metro said Friday it will keep Rhode Island Avenue station closed through Sunday night to allow for a “top-to-bottom inspection” and repairs to the 40-year-old station.

D.C. Official Possibly Fired To Appease Campaign Contributor, Lawyer Says

A lawyer representing one of the employees forced out in the controversial staff shakeup at D.C.'s Department of General Services says his client Yinka Alao may have been fired to appease a major donor to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

When It Comes To Colleges Addressing Slavery, 'The Bar Is Pretty Low,' Historian Says

Georgetown University has taken significant step toward making amends for its historical relationship with slavery. WAMU spoke with historian Craig Steven Wilder — author of the book "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities" — about why he's cautiously optimistic about their efforts.

Georgetown Slavery Report Is Only The Beginning, Professor Says

Georgetown University's efforts to acknowledge its ties to slavery are just the start of a longer process, says one of the authors of the school's new report on slavery and reconciliation.

LISTEN: Maryland's New School Calendar, Updating The Bay Bridge

Catch up on the week's major regional news stories with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

LISTEN: Georgetown Professor Discusses School's Atonement For 1838 Slave Sale

The Rev. Matthew Carnes, a professor of government at Georgetown, was part of the working group that made several suggestions, including special consideration in the admissions process for the descendants of the slaves.

Metro Unintentionally Helps Baltimore Get Through Mini-SafeTrack Of Its Own

A well-timed phone call from Baltimore's transit agency to Metro officials helped the Charm City's subway system make some key decisions about crossover tracks like those that caused this summer's Silver Line derailment in Virginia.

Trump's Promised Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities Would Hit D.C. Region

There's no textbook definition of a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, but localities such as Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George's counties as well as the District would potentially face sanctions if Donald Trump wins the presidency.

Georgetown University Taking Steps To Atone For Sale Of 272 Slaves

Nearly 200 years ago, the Jesuit university sold off 272 slaves to help pay off debts. Now, Georgetown officials have a plan for atonement.

LISTEN: Why Education Groups Oppose Longer Summer For Maryland Students

A longer summer may get the endorsement of Maryland's students, but education groups say it can contribute to backsliding and put undo burdens on low-income families.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

LISTEN: Why Maryland Is Moving The First Day Of School Later Next Year

For the 2017-18 school year, Maryland students won't be back in the classroom until after Labor Day. One of the supporters of the new policy is a high-ranking Democrat, state Comptroller Peter Franchot. He explains what Gov. Larry Hogan (R) wants to achieve with the move.