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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What To Know Before You Hit The Road This Holiday Season

Low gas prices and warm weather are expected to make car travel popular over the holidays, and transportation officials have some advice about navigating the coming rush.

Amid Scrutiny, Car-Title Lenders Refuse To Allow Release Of Their Reports

The fast-cash loan companies are at the center of a debate about how much information should be part of the public record and how much should remain under seal as proprietary information.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In Anacostia, 'Black Nativity' Is A D.C. Holiday Tradition All Over Again

Written by Langston Hughes, the Afrocentric telling of the Christmas story and the birth of blackness was first produced off-Broadway in 1961. It shows in D.C. through Jan. 3.

'Drive Sober,' Caution Maryland Police, Citing Holiday Spike In Drunken Driving

The holiday season is among the worst one for drunken driving, and recent incidents — including the death of a Maryland officer — have put renewed emphasis on enforcement.

McAuliffe Announces Solar Targets; Green Advocates Say It's Not Enough

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set new goals for solar power for his last year in office, but environmental advocates that paired with other policies pushing for gas and oil drilling, they don't go far enough.

Afterschool Art Program Helps D.C. Youth Exorcise Fears Of Gun Violence

At the Life Pieces to Masterpieces program in D.C., young men are given the chance to express their fears and anxieties about that violence by using art.

Monday, December 21, 2015

To Find Yelp's Top Dishes In The Maryland 'Burbs, It Helps To Leave The Beaten Path

Gas station tacos, a Filipino find and more can be found in a new Top 15 list that identifies some of the best food available in suburban Maryland.

LISTEN: How Do We Change How D.C. Drives? Gabe Klein Explains The Vision Zero Plan

D.C. officials have laid out a plan to totally eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. Former DDOT Director Gabe Klein walks us through some of the more controversial aspects of the plan among drivers.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

D.C. Region May Not Be Prepared For Expected Surge Of Migrant Youth

Authorities in the Washington, D.C., region are worried about a new influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America as thousands of young people cross the Mexican border to enter the U.S.

Bay Bridge In Good Shape, But Traffic Will Only Get Worse, Report Finds

The two existing spans of the Bay Bridge should be fine for another 50 years, according to a new report from the Maryland Transportation Authority. But the number of cars crossing the bridge to the beach continues to grow.

Rethinking How D.C. Inspects, Taxes Vacant Properties To Address Urban Blight

In D.C., city inspectors are required to keep checking vacant properties to make sure they're still empty. A proposed new law would change that.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Feds Advise Against Pepco-Exelon Merger Unless Better Deal Is Struck

As regulators in D.C. decide the fate of the $7 billion merger between power companies Pepco and Exelon, the federal government is weighing in.

The 10 Most Popular WAMU 88.5 Stories In 2015

A man who legally got his marijuana back from D.C. cops. Frustrated Metro riders finding other ways to get around. Shoddy home renovations. A Virginia farm offered up in exchange for a 1,000-word essay. These are your favorite WAMU 88.5 stories from 2015.

Metro Looks To Try Something New: A Personalized Monthly Rail Pass

Commuters may be looking at new options for paying fares next year — Metro is looking at designing a new way for riders to pay their fares, based on a monthly pass model.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Year In Feature And Investigative Reporting From WAMU 88.5

In 2015, our reporters connected regional stories to national debates and foreign conflicts. Revisit these in-depth stories about politics, education, immigration, housing, history and more.