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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

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.

Fire Official: Dozens Hurt In Maryland Apartment Blaze

An explosion in a Silver Spring apartment building late Wednesday night has injured dozens and displaced more than 100.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Down-Ballot Dollars: $50,000 Reported In Super PAC Spending On Ward 8 Race

Newly released campaign finance records show that an out-of-state super PAC supported by organized labor pumped $50,000 into this spring's Democratic primary in Ward 8, backing incumbent LaRuby May. She lost, but experts say it's a sign of more to come.

Extra SafeTrack: More Weekend Metro Closures May Be Coming

More stretches of Metro may close entirely on weekends over the next few months, as the transit agency struggles to make fixes to the deteriorating system as part of its maintenance surges.

Boxing Genes: Capitol Heights Family Fuels Pursuit Of Olympic Gold

Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, Maryland, started his fight for Olympic glory on Wednesday night — driven by the lessons taught to him by his father and three older brothers, boxers all.