Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, June 7, 2012

D.C. Man Pleads Guilty To Running Online Prostitution Ring

A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges after taking in more than $1.8 million operating an online prostitution ring in the area.

Kwame Brown Faces New Charge For Campaign Finance Violation

Embattled former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is also facing a misdemeanor charge related to his 2008 campaign, according to court documents filed this morning. 

Analysis: Kwame Brown's Resignation Leaves 'Leadership Vacuum'

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigns after bank fraud charge; now what? WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden talks about the latest in D.C. government scandals.

Redskins Move Preseason Training To Richmond

Loudoun County officials are reacting to news that the Washington Redskins will be moving their preseason training.

Dulles Rail: Virginia's In, Now What About Loudoun County?

The State of Virginia is reaffirming its commitment to Dulles Rail funding after airports authority officials removed a controversial pro-labor union provision from the project. 

Republicans Propose Offsetting Student Loans With Pension Contributions

D.C.-area Democrats are skewering a plan from House Republicans to balance low student loan interest with increased pension contributions from federal government worker. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Door to Door: Dupont Circle, D.C. & Lynhaven, Va.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Dupont Circle and the Lynhaven neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

Old D.C. Housing Projects Give Way To New

Public housing residents talk about how their lives are changing as old subsidized apartment blocks make way for new kinds of dwellings.

New Book Explores The 'Wicked' Ways Of Capitol Hill

We tour Capitol Hill with a guide who's written a new book about the neighborhood's most titillating tales and sinful scandals.

An Arts Leader Lifts the Baton One Last Time

More than 45 years after founding the Washington Choral Arts Society, Norman Scribner is preparing for his final performance on June 13.

From Tim To Sarah: AU Student Body President Unveils Big News

For most of this past academic year, students at American University knew their student body president as Tim McBride. But by the time McBride's term was done, "Tim" had become "Sarah." We hear the story of how McBride came out as transgender to family and friends.

Scientists Scramble To Protect The Ocean's Coral Reefs

Scientists at Baltimore's National Aquarium and across the country are worried about the future of coral reefs, which provide a critical home to all sorts of marine species.

From A To B: Is the Silver Line In Peril?

We get an update on one of the largest public works projects in the country: Metro's Silver Line rail to Dulles and beyond.

DDOT: Adams Morgan Streetscape Project Will Be Done By Month's End

As the 18th Street reconstruction nears completion in Adams Morgan, Rebecca Sheir checks in with some major players in a project that wound up pitting business owners against the city.

This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

This week we bring you a "Wild Cards" show, in which we cast aside our usual thematic approach and bring you stories that are all over the map.