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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LISTEN: Jim Graham Talks About Christopher Barry Battling His Demons

Christopher Barry, son of late D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, died over the weekend. We spoke to former D.C. Council member Jim Graham about working with both father and son and his perspective on the young Barry's demons.

Lonnie Bunch On Telling 'The American Story Through An African American Lens'

The latest addition to the Smithsonian arrives Sept. 24 on the National Mall, and Founding Director Lonnie Bunch says it will tell the American story through an African American lens.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Three Months In Prison For Jeffrey Thompson, 'Shadow Campaign' Funder

A D.C. businessman who poured millions of illegal dollars into city, state and federal elections has been sentenced to three months behind bars.

Metro Faces More Pressure From Feds, This Time For Red-Signal Overruns

Federal safety officials want Metro to take corrective actions to prevent train operators from overrunning red signals, and they released a 45-page report examining all signal violations on the rail system from January 2012 onward.

Sixth Body Found At Silver Spring Explosion Site; Missing Man Now Located

The death toll has risen as searchers sift through the rubble from an explosion at a Silver Spring apartment building. But there was good news.

Vincent Orange Departs Early From D.C. Council, Touting 'Service Above Self'

Orange is headed to the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, but it remains to be seen how actively he'll be able to lobby his former colleagues on matter of importance to the city's businesses.

District Residents Have The Most Student Debt In The U.S.

A new study ranks Washington as the worst place in America for student debt. But it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Vigil Held For The Missing After Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

A multidenominational vigil was held on Sunday for the victims of the Aug. 11 explosion and fire at an apartment building in Silver Spring, Maryland. Five bodies have been found and three more are missing.

Christopher Barry, Son Of Former Mayor, Dies At Age 36

A spokeperson for the family has confirmed that Christopher Barry, son of the late District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, died in the early morning hours Sunday.

Friday, August 12, 2016

LISTEN: What Does It Mean For D.C. To Be 'Restaurant City Of The Year'?

The transformation of the nation's capital into a food capital continues with the city's designation as "Restaurant City Of The Year" by Bon Appétit magazine. We talk to people lined up at Bad Saint in Columbia Heights, and we also delve into D.C.'s restaurant culture with Anna Spiegel, food editor at Washingtonian.

D.C. 'Shadow Campaign' Funder Awaits Sentencing In Federal Corruption Case

Jeffrey Thompson, the mastermind behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to D.C. politicians, will be sentenced Monday.

D.C.'s Advocate For Utility Customers Plans To Appeal Pepco-Exelon Deal

D.C.'s Office of the People's Counsel — the city's advocate for utility ratepayers — says it will appeal the merger between Pepco and Exelon.

How To Cultivate Plants Using Just Water, Nutrients And A Steady Diet Of D.C. Punk

We've all heard that talking to plants helps them grow. But what about blasting them with punk rock? A new art project in D.C. tries it out.

Investigation Continues Into Deadly Silver Spring Fire; Dozens Remain Displaced

Thirty one residents and three firefighters were sent to the emergency room following a blast and fire on Wednesday, but now residents are left displaced and trying to pick up the pieces.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What Is That Black Stuff On The Jefferson Memorial? Park Service Battling Biofilm

Never fear, the National Park Service isn't just letting monuments to the founding fathers get dirty. No, they're grappling with a stubborn microorganism that resists their best efforts so far.