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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Some Work On Orange, Silver Lines Is Ahead Of Schedule, Metro Reports

Metro has released a progress report for its first maintenance surge under the SafeTrack reconstruction program, and it shows that as of Monday, most of the work was either close to or ahead of schedule.

'Our Spaces Are No Longer Safe,' Say LGBTQ Latinos In D.C. Area

Violence against LGBTQ community is all too common, especially among members of color. The recent attack in Orlando has made some question whether their rare safe spaces are really safe.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bowser's Team Has Tough Night In Council Races; Clinton Easily Wins D.C. Primary

Former Mayor Vincent Gray was the headline victory in a primary night that was seen as a blow to Mayor Muriel Bowser's Green Team. And Hillary Clinton won the last-in-nation presidential primary in a landslide.

Some D.C. Voters See Change In Party Affiliation, Glitch In Mobile App Blamed

A glitch in the mobile app used by the D.C. Board of Elections has resulted in some voters seeing unexpected changes in their party affiliation, forcing them to cast special ballots in the city's closed primary taking place today.

On D.C. Primary Day, Celebrating 60 Years Of Having A Voice

This year is the 60th anniversary of the District’s first-ever presidential primary. In 1956, the District of Columbia hadn’t held an election for 82 years. There was no board of elections, no voting machines. It took two weeks to count all the ballots.

Monday, June 13, 2016

With Minimum Wage Fight Over, D.C. Activists Hope To Eliminate Tipped Wage

D.C.'s tipped wage is set to go up from $2.77 to $5, but some labor activists want to get rid of it altogether.

SafeTrack Leaves Riders Wondering: Where Did $5B For Metro Forward Go?

Metro has had more than five years of overhauls costing billions, but the system seems in even worse shape than when they started. How?

Attack In Orlando Casts Shadow Over D.C. Pride Events

Sunday marked the last day of two weeks of D.C. Pride events, but the deadly attacks in Orlando dampened spirits among the city's LGBT community.

D.C. Constitutional Debate Touches On Everything From Process To State Name

D.C. is convening a constitutional convention this week, the first step in a formal petition for statehood. But has the process been open enough? And is the District moving too fast?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Is Washington's Notorious Traffic Congestion Worse Under SafeTrack?

With some Metro commuters abandoning the rails to avoid the delays caused by the SafeTrack plan, some people are turning to the roads to get to work. But the evidence suggests the gridlock may not be too bad — at least not yet.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Newest, Shiniest Metro Cars Aren't Available On First Lines Hit By SafeTrack

Metro’s Orange and Silver lines not only have crowded trains these days. They also have old trains.

How Influence And Money Fueled Approval Of The Pepco-Exelon Deal

Just how much money went into selling the merger between Pepco and Exelon? Due to the nature of the work done by supporters, we may never know.

D.C. Takes First Step Toward $15 Minimum Wage

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The tipped wage would also go up, from $2.77 to $5, over the same time period. Mayor Muriel Bowser supports the bill.

Monday, June 6, 2016

D.C. Poised To Adopt $15 Minimum Wage, Give Restaurant Workers A Boost

The D.C. Council is poised to give initial approval to a bill increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Tipped restaurant workers will also see a pay hike, though not as big.

First Rush Hour Of Metro's SafeTrack Era Shows Riders Are Already Adjusting

Metro managed to get through the first rush hour under the SafeTrack maintenance blitz without any major hangups, providing tolerable service on the Orange and Silver Lines in Northern Virginia on Monday morning.