Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, May 18, 2012

'Third Culture' Kids Straddle International, American Identities

We visit a D.C. school whose 920 students hail from more than 60 countries.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Virginia Delegate Looks To Bring Up GPS Tracking Bill Again

One Virginia legislator is pushing once again to put restrictions on GPS tracking of people without their consent. 

Digging Into The History Of Mexico's Grim Santa Muerte

A Virginia scholar is looking into the lore surrounding Mexico's folk hero, Santa Muerte. The skeleton lady is now worshipped on both sides of the country's drug war, and her popularity is spreading into the U.S.

Fairfax Police Seek Coin Thief

A coin collection worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was stolen from an elderly couple's car in Northern Virginia this week; authorities are seeking any information in the case. 

Norton Denied From Speaking At D.C. Abortion Hearing

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is haranguing House Republicans for denying her request to speak at a hearing on regulating abortions in the District. 

Broccoli Is The Best Medicine?

Some healthy food advocates hope a new D.C. pilot program that allows patients to buy an apple a day really will keep the doctor away. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Alexandria Mayor Rebuffs Criticism Of Waterfront Plan

The potential environmental impact of the waterfront development plan is quickly becoming a hot issue in Alexandria's race for mayor, with incumbent Bill Euille dismissing the criticism.

MPD: Turbans Approved For Police Force

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced a new policy Wednesday that allows Sikh members of the MPD to don turbans as part of religious observance on active duty.

Chuck Brown, 'Godfather Of Go-Go,' Dead At 75

Washington D.C. has lost a local musical legend in Chuck Brown, "Godfather of Go-Go," who passed away of multiorgan failure Wednesday at the age of 75.

Senate Bill Offers Benefits For Same-Sex Partners

Legislation has been introduced in the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that would offer benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.

Maryland Passes Income Tax Hikes, Budget Measures

The Maryland General Assembly passed a budget measure in a special session that concluded today, raising income taxes for high-income earners, as well as other budget measures.

Analysis: More GSA-Fueled Spending Crackdowns, Fewer Bonuses For Federal Employees

Federal agencies are now seeing specific mandates on limits to travel spending and conferences after the Las Vegas conference scandal. GovExec Editor Tom Shoop talks about the latest policies affecting federal employees.

D.C. Unemployment Program Reaches 3,000 Hires

D.C.'s One City One Hire program has helped placed more than 3,000 District residents, with a large portion coming from the wards feeling unemployment most strongly.

Watergate Figure Charles Colson Honored At National Cathedral

Charles Colson, a Watergate figured who later turned evangelical preacher in prison, was honored at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday.