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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Is There A Washington D.C. Accent?

Can a transient city like Washington D.C. have an accent? That's the question we set out to answer in the latest story in our What's With Washington project.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

LISTEN: After Cool July 4, Washington Is In For 'Brutal' Week Ahead

July was unusually cool and the rest of the week will be hotter than normal. What's driving this pattern? Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow weighs in.

Will SafeTrack Drive Away Some Metro Riders For Good?

Disruptions caused by Metro's SafeTrack maintenance program are forcing riders to figure out new ways to get around — but will they be enough to form new habits? Will lost riders ever come back?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SafeTrack Surge #3 Brings Crowding, Even Though Ridership Was Down 70 Percent

SafeTrack is back in Northern Virginia this week, forcing riders to trade shuttles for trains between Braddock Road and National Airport. So how did it go during the first rush hour?

Monday, July 4, 2016

What's Beneath The Surface At National Building Museum's New Exhibit?

The National Building Museum has debuted its new exhibit — evoking a field of icebergs to help visitors cool off from the summer sun.

Friday, July 1, 2016

National Air And Space Museum Celebrates 40 Years Of Wonder

Smithsonian's National Air and Space museum first opened on July 1, 1976, and for four decades it's helped kids and adults revel in the wonders of flight.

Metro Sends Mixed Messages About Crowded X2 Buses

Ever since the start of the second SafeTrack surge, riders on the crosstown X2 bus have noticed major crowding. But is it because there are fewer large buses or because of spillover from the track work?

Researchers Identify One Of The Strongest Factors In Ending Poverty: Hope

In the final piece of Kavitha Cardoza's five-part series on ending poverty, we talk to some researchers who suggest that hope can be the X factor for turning peoples' lives around.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

For Nonprofits Tackling Poverty, Collaboration Remains Important Hurdle

Of all the efficiencies created in trying to end poverty for good, the Padua Project may have made its biggest dent simply by getting organizations with the same mission to work together. 

How A D.C. Diversion Program Helps Get Young Lives Off The Ropes

The city-run Alternatives to the Court Experience program (ACE) is receiving an award today for the work they've done channeling the energy of at-risk kids like young Bernard into productive pursuits.

Will FAA Change Flight Plans To Calm Jet Noise Over D.C. Neighborhoods?

Homeowners in neighborhoods like Georgetown and Foggy Bottom have complained about shifts in flight paths that have put veritable airplane highways above their heads. But is it a problem that can be fixed?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chancellor Kaya Henderson Says She's Leaving D.C. Public Schools

Kaya Henderson, who has served as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools since late 2010, announced Wednesday that she is leaving the school system's top job.

Metro Says It Responded Correctly To Monday Track Fire, Despite Confusion

A track fire Monday at Gallery Place on the Green/Yellow Line caused a major meltdown for Metro riders commuting home, but General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says the transit agency responded correctly.

It's Official: If D.C. Becomes The 51st State, It Will Be Known As... New Columbia

If D.C. ever becomes the 51st state, it will officially be known as the State of New Columbia. And what's now the 13-member D.C. Council will become a 21-person House of Delegates.