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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On Capitol Hill, Tension Between History And Growth Comes Down To Single Street

A group of residents on Emerald Street NE thinks their 770-foot-long thoroughfare deserves special protections from the city. But their effort comes amid continuing discussion over just how D.C. balances maintaining its past with making room for waves of new arrivals.

How Women Have Changed The Culture Of Policing In D.C. And Elsewhere

After 10 years as chief of D.C. Police, Cathy Lanier is heading to a new job in charge of security for the NFL. When she steps down from MPD, there will be just three female chiefs among the 25 largest cities in the country. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Rising Labor Costs, Falling Ridership Set Table For Contract Talks With WMATA Union

Even as Metro ridership is taking a dive, employee costs continue to rise. With negotiations underway with the largest union of WMATA employees, the growth in worker compensation is likely to be a big topic.

LISTEN: Arlington County Superintendent Says His Focus Is On Equity

Superintendent Patrick Murphy talks to Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the biggest challenges and opportunities for the new school year.

Friday, September 9, 2016

'Sheldon' Wants Your Vote — For A D.C. Arts Office That Doesn't Exist

Who's Sheldon? He's the artist campaigning for an elected office that doesn't exist. As the city's aspiring Minister of Culture, he wants to raise awareness of issues facing art and artists in D.C.

Olympic Flame Is Out, But Fighting Spirit Remains In Maryland Boxer

Gary Antuanne Russell came home to a hero's welcome in Capitol Heights, Maryland. After all the hugs, kisses and selfies from the enthusiastic crowd, the boxer was still reckoning with the results of his quarterfinal match.

LISTEN: What's Next For Bob McDonnell, Metro Service Cuts

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney discuss this week's top political stories in the region.

Teaching 9/11 When ‘Never Forget’ Becomes 'Never Experienced It'

There was a time when classroom conversations about Sept. 11 put local teachers in the role of counselor rather than educator. The latest generation of students has no memory of that day, though — and so lesson plans have changed.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

LISTEN: Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler On The Bob McDonnell Case

Federal prosecutors have decided they won't retry former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on corruption charges. Georgetown University law professor Paul Butler explains how a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June affected the case.

Is Metro About To Bring Back Some Late-Night Service?

There hasn't been Metro service after midnight since June, because the rail system wants more overnight leeway for major repairs and maintenance. But some officials are openly questioning whether Metro really needs all that time. Could 3 a.m. station closings be coming back?

Federal Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente's office said Thursday that prosecutors will not pursue another trial in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor's corruption conviction.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In Montgomery And Prince George's, A New Way To Earn A High School Diploma

In two Maryland counties, earning a high school diploma can now be done for free online — for adult residents who are accepted to the program.

Fears, Questions — And Now A Lawsuit — From Tenants At Silver Spring Apartments

Tenants affected by a deadly natural gas explosion at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring are filing a lawsuit against the management of the complex and seeking assurances that the remaining buildings are safe.

D.C. Statehood Campaign Kicks Off With Promise Of National Pressure

The Statehood Yes! effort will focus on the home districts of reluctant members of Congress, which has the final say over whether to turn the District into the 51st state.

Metro Continues Steep Ridership Decline Amid Nationwide Trend Of Transit Losses

Where are the riders? With tougher competition and unreliable service, ridership on Metro is down — putting additional strains on the transit agency's already bleak financial forecast.