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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

These Barriers Between 7000-Series Metro Cars Pose A Safety Risk, Say Blind Riders

Metro will be making changes to its fleet of 7000-series railcars after blind passengers pointed out the possible safety risk. We speak to one rider who fell on the tracks and feared for his life.

Traveling Exhibit In D.C. Through Sunday Puts You In The Shoes Of Refugees

Imagine having to flee your home. You’ve got a few minutes to grab some of your belongings, and then you have to leave. That’s the premise of a new traveling exhibit entitled “Forced From Home” by Doctors Without Borders. 

Police Said She Had An Open Container. Her Lawyer Asked For Body Camera Video.

Body-worn cameras often make the news when the news is bad: a police officer shoots someone, or there's a particularly dramatic chase. But footage from the cameras is now making its way into even minor criminal cases.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Vice-Presidential Debate: Live Fact-Checking From NPR

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence are debating tonight at Longwood College in Virginia. NPR Politics is providing a live fact-check and transcript of the event.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Metro-Riding Nationals Fans Can Enjoy The Whole Game (For Now)

Metro and the Nats caught a break on Monday, as Major League Baseball announced the start times for the team’s first two post-season games: Friday at 5:38 p.m. and Saturday at 4:08 p.m. Those games probably will end early enough for riders to catch a train home.

Father Of Montgomery County Student Who Recorded Racist Chant On School Bus Speaks Out

A Montgomery County middle school says it has already punished students for chanting a racial slur on a school bus. The students were imitating a popular video about racial profiling, but the father of the student who was upset by the incident is calling on the school to do more. 

Transport DC Is Back — With Tweaks To Test Paratransit's Financial Viability

Transport DC — the on-demand paratransit taxi service in the District — will be back to its original form this month after running out of money earlier this year due to its wild popularity.

Residents Identify A Few Pain Points In Washington's Most Diverse Areas

The Washington region is one of the most diverse areas in the country, and a new report finds that while there is little overt prejudice in mixed neighborhoods, there are still some pressure points between different groups.

Revolving Door? Ethics Board Says Vincent Orange Free To Lobby D.C. Council

In a majority of states, former legislators face a "cooling-off" period before they can lobby. But in D.C., former Council member Vincent Orange is free to lobby his former colleagues.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Good Luck Finding 8-Car Trains On The Blue Line — Data Show How Rare They Are

Only 2 percent of Blue Line trains consisted of eight railcars during morning and afternoon rush hour since Aug. 1, according to a co-developer of the dcmetrohero app. Metro had promised to deploy more of them to help reduce rush-hour crowding.

Commentary: All Lives Do Matter, Just Not In America

For D.C. poet and playwright John Johnson, the shooting of Terrence Sterling by D.C. police serves as yet another reminder of how we can hear the same story and reach different conclusions. Here he offers a frank commentary about race and values of lives in America.

LISTEN: Police Body Camera Footage From Terrence Sterling Shooting Sparks Debate

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Terrence Sterling's Family Questions Timing Of Union Official's Arrival At Scene Of Shooting

The attorney for motorcyclist Terrence Sterling's family says they have more questions for officials after seeing additional police body camera footage from the night Sterling was fatally shot by a D.C. officer.

Washington's Latino Children Fare Better Than Peers Nationwide, Says Report

Latino children living in Maryland, Virginia and the District are doing better on some socioeconomic indicators when compared to most of their peers nationally, according to a study by the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy group in the United States.

Dance Legend Returns To Washington In Time To Help Ballet Celebrate A Milestone

Ballet superstar Julie Kent was a Bethesda teenager studying at the Maryland Youth Ballet before moving to New York decades ago. Now she's coming home, but her job isn't to perform.