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Monday, September 22, 2014

D.C. Cab Companies Blame Steep Declines In Revenue On Ridesharing

Taxicab companies in the District say unregulated "ridesharing" services like UberX are eating into their bottom line by taking street hails, and they want that to change.

Lawmakers Demand Answers After Man With Knife Scales White House Fence

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are demanding explanations of Secret Service after a 42-year-old Army veteran scaled a fence and ran across the White House lawn with a knife in his pocket on Friday.

Cellphones In Class Are No Problem In One Maryland School District

An Eastern Shore school district is allowing teachers to treat students' cellphones, tables and laptops as a resource rather than a nuisance.

Person Of Interest In Disappearance Of UVA Student Wanted For Reckless Driving

Jesse Matthew, the man who was last seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, is now being sought by police on reckless driving charges.

Friday, September 19, 2014

D.C. Police Crack Down On Bicycling Violations

The MPD is in the process of enforcing bicycling laws, writing tickets for all kinds of violations.

Rip Currents Contribute To More Deaths In Ocean City

The drowning of two swimmers in Ocean City this week is being partially blamed on rip currents caused by a hurricane that was more than 1,000 miles offshore.

New Anthony Brown Video Accuses Opponent Of 'Hiding' And 'Lying'

Democrat Anthony Brown unveiled a new web video today alleging that Republican Larry Hogan is "hiding" his positions on contentious issues like abortion and gun control.

More Details Unearthed In Search For Missing Student Hannah Graham

Police say a person of interest went with Graham to a bar in downtown Charlottesville the night she disappeared, but they lack sufficient evidence to arrest the man.

D.C. Legislator Questions Relisha Rudd Review, But Gets Few Answers

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is questioning a city-led review that concluded that there was little that could have been done to prevent the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd from the D.C. General homeless shelter.

Q&A: Kavitha Cardoza On Military Children

All this week we've been bringing you stories of our nation's military children. The series is the culmination of nearly a year of reporting by WAMU's special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, who joined us Friday to talk about the project and what we can learn from these children.

Federal Officials Visit D.C. Neighborhood To Tout Green Jobs

One of the District’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods recently received a visit from two senior federal officials touting a program they say promotes sustainability and creates jobs.

Death Of Land Deal Means Smaller Purple Line Station In Bethesda

The western-most stop on the planned Purple Line light rail system in Montgomery County may not be as nice as planners wanted, as a deal to redevelop a key piece of land has fallen through.

Baltimore Ravens Allow Fans To Exchange Ray Rice Jerseys

Over the next two days, the Baltimore Ravens are giving fans a chance to exchange qualifying Ray Rice jerseys for that of another team player.

Virginia Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion Effort

The Republican majority killed a compromise effort on a 64 to 33 vote. That means no action will be taken to expand Virginia's Medicaid program.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bowser And Catania Take Swipes At Each During First Mayoral Debate

The first of four D.C. mayoral debates was largely defined by Muriel Bowser and David Catania, who attacked each other on matter of style and substance.