WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

MPD Investigating Possible Bias-Related Crimes

Play associated audio

The Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate three attacks  this month against members of the D.C. gay and transgender community. One victim was shot in the stomach at an IHOP restaurant, and the other two were beaten and robbed on the street.

While D.C. laws do not include hate crimes per se, there are enhanced penalties attached to other crimes that include bias behavior. 

At least two of the recent cases had clear indications of hate speech and bias because of homophobic comments made by the suspects, according to MPD Chief Cathy Lanier. 

Once suspects are arrested, the District Attorney's office will determine if enhanced penalties based on hate speech can be added to the primary charges, Lanier says. 

NPR

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
NPR

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
NPR

The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.
NPR

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.