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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Clinton Pledges To Be 'Vocal Champion For D.C. Statehood' If Elected President

Presidential contender Hillary Clinton has joined her opponent in the Democratic primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in backing statehood for Washington, D.C. She pledged her support just as city officials plan to petition Congress for admission to the union as the 51st state.

Homelessness Ticks Up In Region, Largely Because Of Affordability Crisis In D.C.

Despite decreases in the number of homeless people in seven of the nine jurisdictions that make up the Washington region, the overall homeless population ticked up five percent from 2015 to 2016, driven largely by the District and in Frederick County.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

So. Much. Rain. The Capital Weather Gang Explains A Super-Wet May

All of the precipitation in the Washington region this month is threatening to break multiple records for consecutive days of rain. Jason Samenow of The Capital Weather Gang talks about the records, what an "omega block" pattern is doing to the local weather, and what we might expect for the summer of 2016.

Six-Month Sentence Given To Gray Aide For Role In D.C. 'Shadow Campaign'

A former top adviser to Vincent Gray has been sentenced to six months in prison for his role in an illegal, off-the-books effort that supported Gray in D.C.'s 2010 mayoral election.

Transportation Secretary Says He Almost Ordered Metro Shutdown Last Week

The nation’s top transportation official says he almost ordered a shutdown of the D.C. region’s subway system after inspectors were denied access to the tracks following an explosion May 5 at Federal Center Southwest.

Maryland Unveils New Driver's Licenses, ID Cards

The cards feature new security measures designed to prevent identity theft and fraud.

It's Not Just You — Metro Self-Assessment Finds 1 In 4 Trains Are Late

Does it feel like Metro is always running behind? There's something to that observation, according to the latest "Vital Signs" self-assessment report from Metro.

Monday, May 9, 2016

ACLU: D.C. Public Schools Initiative Is Unfair To Girls

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report that finds a D.C. Public Schools initiative, which focuses on boys of color, is not fair to girls.

As Metro Faces Crisis, Is Paul Wiedefeld The Leader The System Needs?

As the leader of a transit agency known for breakdowns, delays and concerns about rider safety, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld stands at the center of a vortex of rider anger. But is his approach in the first few months on the job what the transit agency needs?

When D.C.'s Frogs Call for Mates, These Human Volunteers Respond

We're often told that a chorus of frogs will set about doing a lot of "ribbiting," but as a group of citizen scientists saw firsthand, D.C.'s amphibian friends have a much different signature sound.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Feds Order 'Safety Stand-Down' At Metro After Thursday Track Explosion

The Federal Transit Administration is taking Metro to task for their handling of a track fire at the Federal Center Southwest station this week in a safety directive issued on Saturday.

Friday, May 6, 2016

In Push For Statehood, D.C. Leaders Unveil Constitution For State Of 'New Columbia'

D.C. leaders on Friday unveiled a draft 31-page state constitution that would serve as a part of a petition for statehood she wants to present to the new president and Congress next year.

Suspect In Maryland Shootings Now In Custody, Police Say

Police said 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil was taken into custody without incident. An onlooker shared video from the arrest with WAMU 88.5.

Metro Unveils Yearlong Track Work Program, Will Shut Down Sections Of Lines

Spanning all six lines and taking place over the course of a year, Metro's plan to address its major maintenance backlog will be based around 15 "safety surges" starting in June.

Are DCPS Teachers Due For A Bigger Raise? Negotiations Fuels Protest

Teachers at D.C. Public Schools are slated to get a 1 percent raise for the upcoming year after several years of flat salaries — leading many to protest, saying they feel the school chancellor doesn't value educators.