Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, July 22, 2016

'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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LISTEN: 17-Year-Old Virginian Adds Millennial Flavor To GOP Convention

Jack Salm, a teenager from Virginia's Eastern Shore, is one of the commonwealth's delegates at the Republican National Convention. He talks with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson about how he's been treated this week in Cleveland.

Groups Turn Fire Hose Of Super PAC Cash On Local Elections

Super PACs are starting to have a big impact on local government, as donors use them to skirt donor limits and pump large amounts of cash into elections.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Uber Reaches Into Its Pockets To Handle Washington's SafeTrack-Related Demand

There had been speculation that SafeTrack would push riders off Metro, causing near-permanent surge pricing for Uber riders. Martin Di Caro looks at how they have worked to keep more drivers on the road and available.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LISTEN: Inside The GOP Convention, From The View Of A Blue-State Delegate

What's it like to represent a solidly Democratic state at the Republican National Convention? Maryland has 38 delegates in Cleveland, and WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson spoke Tuesday with one of them: Don Murphy, an at-large delegate from Catonsville.

After String Of Delays, Riders Question What Was Fixed In SafeTrack Surge 2

For 16 days Metro contractors labored on the elevated tracks on the eastern side of D.C. On July 3, the transit authority issued a progress report claiming “all critical tasks completed.” But in the two weeks since the project ended, commuters have been repeatedly stuck in delays, and they are wondering why.

Metro’s SafeTrack Results In (Some) Extra Traffic, Earlier Commute Times

Traffic was somewhat worse during each of Metro’s first four “maintenance surges” of the SafeTrack rebuilding program and commuters started their highway trips earlier than normal, according to an analysis by the regional transportation planners.

VRE Sees Record Ridership As Commuters Avoid Metro

Last week was the busiest week ever for Virginia Railway Express, as some commuters looked for transit options beyond the Metro system, which was in the middle of its latest maintenance surge on the Yellow Line.

How Best To Report Police Misconduct? UDC Law Student Tackles Challenge

A  University of the District of Columbia law student who started school just days after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is working on a new resource that will enable anybody in the country to submit reports of police misconduct.

Does The D.C. Taxi Industry Need To Deregulate To Survive?

Regulations are hurting taxi drivers in their attempt to compete with the Ubers of the world, according to a new report put out by a group of economists.

Friday, July 15, 2016

LISTEN: Author David Miller On The Relationship Between Police And Young Black Men

Educational consultant and author David Miller — whose work includes Ten Rules Of Survival When Stopped By The Police — talks with WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull about the recent killings of black men by police, and the reactions in his Southeast D.C. neighborhood.

Newly Approved Pedestrian Bridge Would Simplify Access To Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center has been called a “marble island” because of its isolation from downtown D.C., but a planned pedestrian bridge aims to make the arts venue more accessible to foot traffic.

Feds Say Worker Protections Violated During First SafeTrack Surges

The Federal Transit Administration has noted more than 100 "defects" by Metro during the first two surges of the SafeTrack program.

Metro Faces Yawning Deficit As Budget Is Squeezed From Both Sides

The combination of declining ridership and ballooning labor costs have set the stage for yearly deficits in excess of $1 billion inside of a few years, according to a new report presented to the WMATA board this week.

Anacostia Residents Fed Up With Negligent Property-Owner: The D.C. Government

In D.C., property owners who allow homes to be vacant or blighted can be punished. But what if those vacant homes are actually owned by the D.C. government? That's the case in Anacostia's historic district.