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Thursday, July 14, 2016

How One D.C. Delegate Tried To Soften The GOP Party Platform On LGBT Issues

Rachel Hoff is an openly gay D.C. Republican, and this week she tried to soften the Republican Party's official position on same-sex marriage.

Has $2.1M Spent Lobbying U.S. Lawmakers Derailed Peace Process In South Sudan?

In a reporting collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity, we look into how the government of South Sudan has spent millions on lobbying to keep aid flowing to the African republic and smooth out its image amid bloody civil conflict.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Metro Investigating Second Red Signal Overrun In Eight Days

It's been a bad couple weeks for Metro operators, as the transit authority investigates a second possible overrun of a red signal outside Reagan Washington National Airport.

TransportDC Faces Massive Cutbacks, Angering D.C. Disabled Community

The popular paratransit service is a victim of its own success — with ridership well beyond the original design of the program. But does it still have a future?

Permitting Problems: Who’s Working On Your House? In D.C., It’s Not Clear

Some D.C. homeowners say that licensed electricians and plumbers have long pulled permits for work that's done by someone else, leaving the consumer in the dark as to who's working on their house and potentially enabling shoddy house-flippers.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go Is Turning D.C. Into A Virtual Game Board

Next to a war memorial in downtown Washington, a new battle is taking shape. It's a war of Pokemon.

Monday, July 11, 2016

LISTEN: Anacostia Unmapped's Kymone Freeman On Race And Policing In D.C.

"It can happen anywhere," Kymone Freeman says about the types of shootings that have stirred protests nationwide.

Got A Quick, Cheap Fix For I-270 Traffic? Maryland Wants To Hear It

Maryland transportation officials are turning to the private sector to find solutions to traffic on I-270 — the most congested highway in the entire state.

LISTEN: Hundreds Turn Out To D.C. Vigil For Two Black Men Slain By Police

The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota galvanized D.C. residents Sunday, drawing hundreds to the African American Civil War monument for a vigil.

Friday, July 8, 2016

LISTEN: The Head Of D.C.'s Police Union On The Dangers And Politics Of Policing

Sgt. Matthew Mahl said Friday on WAMU 88.5's The Politics Hour that the killing of five officers in Dallas underscores the danger police face every day. The union leader also questioned Mayor Muriel Bowser's decision to release body camera footage this week from a local police shooting.

Law Enforcement Memorial Draws Mourners Of Officers Shot In Dallas

A quiet D.C. landmark has become the place to mourn the five police officers killed Thursday night in a sniper attack in Dallas.

Metro Fires Train Operator After 'Near Miss' On Red Line

A Metrorail operator who ran a red signal on the Red Line has been fired after risking a collision and threatening the safety of two track inspectors, the transit authority’s general manager said in an email to all employees Friday.

U.S. Capitol Briefly Locked Down After Report Of Woman With Gun

The Sergeant at Arms informed House leadership staff that it had been a false alarm. Normal operations quickly resumed at the Capitol, with visitors let inside and the House preparing to come back into session and vote.

LISTEN: At Hirshhorn, An Exhibit For Audio Adventurers

The ninth annual "Sound Scene" turns the Hirshhorn museum into a sonic playground.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Suspect Gang Involvement In Murder Of 18-Year-Old In Gaithersburg

The recent murder of Cristian Villagran-Morales in a Montgomery County Park is just the latest in a trend of gang violence that has gripped the area this year.