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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why Are There 'So Many Sirens' In D.C.?

A newcomer to D.C. noticed that the piercing wail of sirens seemed to be more prevalent here than other cities. In WAMU's second What's With Washington story, reporter Matthew Schwartz explores whether the newcomer is onto something.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Few U.S. Neighborhoods Affordable, Walkable With Good Schools

Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.

Virginia Considers Allowing Internet Loans, But Critics Fear Predatory Activity

Fresh on the heels of a debate about car-title lending, Virginia lawmakers are considering an effort to legalize Internet lending, potentially opening the door for companies from across the world to offer loans at unlimited interest rates to Virginians.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

As Transit Agency Struggles, Politically Divided Metro Board To Elect New Leader

As 2016 unfolds, questions loom over whether the various personalities and parochial interests will prevent the members of Metro's Board of Directors from reaching consensus on key issues.

Future Of Virginia State Supreme Court Justice Remains Uncertain

Will Justice Jane Roush remain on the Virginia Supreme Court this year? Or will she be forced off the bench by Republicans, who say Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe failed to consult them?

Many Area Museums Remain Closed After Blizzard

Several Smithsonian museums in Washington and the National Zoo remain closed after shutting down for the snow storm on Friday.

Reform Efforts Stall As Virginia Car-Title Lenders Promise To Clean Up Their Ways

Two car-title lenders in Virginia have promised to stop using a loophole that allows them to charge unlimited interest, and some lawmakers are taking them at their word, halting efforts at regulation.

Who Were The Economic Winners And Losers During Snowzilla?

Early estimates say the costs for the nor'easter over the weekend could be as much as $1 billion, but while local governments and some local businesses were hurting, surely somebody was making out well from all this snow?

No Business Like Snow Business: For D.C. Theaters, Big Storms Can Mean Big Losses

In the world of performing arts, winter storms — like the blizzard that gripped much of the East Coast last weekend — can be financially taxing.

Monday, January 25, 2016

D.C. Public Schools May Have Closed For Teaching, But They Opened For Food

Ten D.C. public schools opened on Monday to offer students and families a free breakfast and lunch.

Airlines Still Canceling Flights From D.C. Airports Due To Effects Of Storm

As of Monday afternoon, Washington Dulles International listed 128 cancellations and 5 delays. Reagan National had 124 cancellations. Baltimore/Washington International listed 74 cancellations.

Few Snowzilla Outages Reported As Pepco Powers Through

Despite the size and strength of the blizzard that struck the D.C. region over the weekend, there were only a handful of power outages. What does this strong performance mean for Pepco's proposed merger with Exelon?

Conservative Lawmaker Responds To Transgender Protections In Fairfax County

The Fairfax County School Board voted last year to include transgender people in their non-discrimination policy — a move a conservative delegate in Virginia is trying to undo with a bill defining gender.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Feds Announce Monday Closure In Wake Of Blizzard, Limited Metro Service

No schools will be open, Metro will be running reduced service and snow still blankets the region. It's not a surprise that the federal government opted to let workers stay home on Monday.

Snow Forces Religious Groups To Get Creative Reaching D.C. Congregations

With most in the D.C. region snowbound this weekend, those conducting religious services have taken some creative approaches to reaching their flocks — including TV broadcasts, YouTube service and even a snow altar.