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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Teachers In D.C, Maryland Keep Up The Pressure As PARCC Season Is Upon Us

D.C. and Maryland schools are gearing up to administer the PARCC tests for a second year. Kavitha Cardoza checks in on how one school is changing its preparation strategy, and she talks to an academic who studies the tests' relationship to the so-called "opportunity gap."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

D.C. Mayor Fleshes Out Minimum Wage Plan, Including Boost For Tipped Workers

Mayor Muriel Bowser released details of a plan she announced last month. D.C.'s minimum wage would increase to $15 an hour by 2020, and hourly wages for tipped restaurant workers would more than double by 2022.

Feds Order 'Immediate Action' For Metro After Uncovering Slew Of Safety Defects

A recent 'safety blitz' by the Federal Transit Administration unearthed more than 200 defects with impacts on emergency preparedness and numerous violations of workplace safety rules by Metro personnel.

Monday, April 18, 2016

In John Geer Shooting, An Involuntary Manslaughter Plea From Former Officer

Adam Torres struck the plea bargain just before his murder trial was scheduled to begin in Fairfax. It calls for him to serve a 12-month sentence for killing John Geer of Springfield.

From Europe To Bolivia To D.C.: 'Mission Baroque' Finds New Life In Georgetown

Local covers of international hits aren't a new phenomenon. The Georgetown University Chamber Singers are resurrecting covers known as 'Mission Baroque' — South American takes on European Baroque music.

For This D.C. Resident, No Representation Means No Taxation

For 30 years, D.C. resident Lateef Mangum has refused to file federal tax returns, part of a protest over the District's lack of voting representation in Congress.

Friday, April 15, 2016

LISTEN: The Latest On The 'Document Dump' From The D.C. Corruption Investigation

WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden explains the documents released Friday that are related to the sweeping federal investigation into political corruption in the District of Columbia.

Extra Money For 'At Risk' D.C. Students Isn't Flowing Properly, Report Says

D.C. Public Schools students targeted for extra help may not be getting the support they need, says a new report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

Mayor Wants Statehood Vote This Year By D.C. Residents

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants residents to vote this November on whether the nation's capital should become the 51st state.

'Psycho' And So Much More: Composer Bernard Herrmann Gets A D.C. Festival

Herrmann's career and legacy are largely unsung, but in some circles he's regarded "as the supreme Hollywood screen composer." D.C.'s PostClassical Ensemble is holding a monthlong multimedia retrospective, including special events Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Metro Dumps Next-Generation Fare Payment System After Faulty Trial

Want to pay your Metro fare with a smartphone or smart chip card? Too bad! The transit agency will be sticking with SmarTrip after a lackluster trial for a new system.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Report: Credibility Of Key Figure In 'Shadow Campaign' Probe Was Doomed By Sex Allegations

A report by The Washington Post explains why prosecutors' case against Vincent Gray never materialized.

Judge To Unseal 'Shadow Campaign' Docs From Gray Campaign Probe

Documents from the investigation into former Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign will soon be released after pressure from lawyers.

'National Mall' And 'Kennedy Center' To Be Added To Names Of Metro Stations

The Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom-GWU stops will each get appendages to their names as the result of a process that concluded this week.

Politician Who Rarely Rode The Trains Emerging As Metro's Most Vocal Champion

D.C. Council Member Jack Evans was forceful in advocating for the Metro in front of lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, continuing his outspoken advocacy as chairman of Metro’s board of directors.

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