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Friday, July 10, 2015

Months After Freddie Gray's Death, Charm City Determined To Hold On To Its Charm

Residents of Baltimore say they are not defined by the issues of police brutality and poverty that propelled the city into the news. Hans Anderson spent a few days traversing the city to give us an audio postcard.

Longtime Chef For The Homeless Hangs Up His Apron

After 14 years feeding some of the city's neediest residents, Chef Steve Badt has helped change how people think about cooking for the homeless.

Spread Love: Making Busking In D.C. Into A Full-Time Job

A group of childhood friends have turned playing music on the street from a passion to a full-on professional that pays their bills.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Long-Delayed D.C. Streetcar Months From Opening, Says DDOT Chief

The District’s first streetcar line in more than half a century — beset by a bevy of construction and planning problems — is nearing completion but remains “months” from opening to the public.

McAuliffe, As Cheerleader-In-Chief, Tries To Refashion Virginia Economy

"I'm just sort of getting warmed up," the governor told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments this week.

With Early Lines And Go-Go Swing, A New Ben's Chili Bowl Opens On H Street

One of D.C.'s most beloved eateries now has a second location to bring its half-smokes to the public.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Celebrity Chef José Andrés Pulls Out Of Trump Hotel

The restauranteur says it's impossible to open an eatery at Donald Trump's hotel given his disparaging remarks about immigrants.

Metro Reaches 'Milestone' On Financial Controls Imposed By FTA

The financial problems for Metro are far from over, even as the transit authority has reached what is being called a "significant milestone" in complying with federal standards following an FTA audit last year.

Election Official Says Letting Non-Citizens Vote In D.C. Elections Would Face Hurdles

A bill that would allow legal permanent residents to vote in D.C. elections has been favorably received by legislators, though some skeptics worry about the logistics of implementing the measure.

Keep It Down! Residents Near Reagan National Bring Noise Complaints To FAA

Are airplanes flying into Reagan Washington National Airport really making more noise than they once did? Residents groups met with officials from the FAA Wednesday to lodge their complaints.

Judge Rules Against Redskins, Says Team Name 'May Disparage' Native Americans

The decision takes the team one step closer to losing its trademark protection over the name, which the judge agreed "may disparage" Native Americans.

Pope's Speech To Congress To Be Broadcast From Capitol

Jumbotrons, typically used for Memorial Day and July Fourth celebrations as well as for presidential inaugurations, will be set up on the West Front of the Capitol for the speech in September.

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore Plans Presidential Run

Gilmore said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he plans to announce his candidacy in the first week of August.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Judges To Decide Whether Virginia District Map Illegally Clusters Black Voters

A panel of federal judges in Alexandria is weighing whether the Virginia House of Delegates illegally grouped black voters into certain legislative districts.

With Petition & Protest, Pressure Builds On José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump Hotel

Local pressure is building on restaurateur José Andrés to sever his ties to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who in a speech said immigrants coming into the U.S. are criminals and "rapists."