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Thursday, June 23, 2016

How Learning 'Soft Skills' Prepares DCPS Students For The Workplace

When you're pursuing jobs in career-oriented fields, sometimes it's the little things that count — like dress, attitude and the way you shake hands. A DCPS program called Tenacity is giving students a leg up in those areas.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fort Totten Crash Still Weighs Heavily On Discussions About Metro Safety

Seven years after the darkest day in Metro’s 40-year history, safety experts say the transit authority has made limited strides improving safety but has not entirely escaped the shadow of the Red Line crash near Fort Totten station that killed eight passengers and a train operator.

LISTEN: What Is Different About This Latest Push For D.C. Statehood?

Mayor Muriel Bowser is leading a renewed push for D.C. statehood this year, but it's hardly the first time the effort has been undertaken. We talk to historian George Musgrove to compare this effort to those in years past.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

D.C. Legislators Give Final Approval To $15 Minimum Wage, Bowser Will Sign Bill

Under the bill, the minimum wage in D.C. will increase to $15 by 2020, and the tipped wage earned by restaurant workers will rise to $5 from the current $2.77.

Monday, June 20, 2016

After Orlando Massacre, Kentucky Republican Pushes For Open Carry In D.C.

Residents of Kentucky can openly carry handguns without a permit, and now a Republican representative from the Bluegrass State wants D.C. residents to enjoy the same right.

What To Expect On Metro With SafeTrack Segment Shutdown Monday

The second surge in Metro's SafeTrack reconstruction program is expected to have much bigger impacts for rush hour commuters the next two weeks, starting Monday.

Friday, June 17, 2016

In Fight For More Housing In Washington, Groups Hope To Make Case For 'Yes'

The NIMBY or "not in my backyard" impulse is strong in cities like Washington D.C., but what if there was an organized group of YIMBYs to balance them?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Find Other Ways To Get Around Monday, Metro And Other Officials Say

Transit authority leaders joined elected officials from D.C. and Prince George’s County to hammer home a message to commuters: Unless a significant number find alternative means of transportation, they will be stuck on packed trains and buses during the first rail shutdown under the SafeTrack program.

Montgomery County Police: Latino Youth Gang Violence On The Rise In Recent Months

Latino youth gang violence — including nine gang-related murders — has expanded alarmingly in Montgomery County over the past eight months, according to a new report from Montgomery County police.

Next SafeTrack Surge Will Be Tough Ride In Northern Virginia, Prince George's Co.

The second planned maintenance surge under Metro's SafeTrack plan will shut down stretches of track in Prince George's County and in Arlington, affecting nearly 60,000 riders trips per day during the two week stretch.

LISTEN: Scientists Find Further Confirmation Of Gravitational Waves In Binary Black Holes

We speak to physics professor Gregory Harry about a recent announcement of further proof of Einstein's theory of gravity — thanks to a pair of chirpy black holes.

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.