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As Crime Spikes Nationwide, Lanier And City Police Chiefs To Meet At Summit

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is organizing a summit of police chiefs from across the country to discuss a national crime spike — and what police can do to fight it.
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D.C.'s Rising Homicide Rate The Focus Of Community Event

Thursday night, representatives from at least eight law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are meeting at a D.C. church to discuss the city's uptick in violent crime.
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With A 'Strike Force' And $100 Million, Bowser Moves On Affordable Housing

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took two cracks at the city's affordable housing crisis this week, appointing a "strike force" to focus on protecting affordable housing and putting out $100 million to build new housing.
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Tea, Golf And Somewhere To Cool Off: The History Of Hains Point

D.C.'s Hains Point is beloved by many local residents. But it wasn't always that way, because 150 years ago, the point wasn't there at all. A look at the history of the now-iconic peninsula.
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In His Memoir, A Cocaine Kingpin's Son Sheds Light On D.C.'s Crack Era

Tony Lewis Jr. is the son of Tony Lewis Sr., a former cocaine kingpin in D.C. who's been in prison since 1989. In Lewis Jr.'s new memoir, "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration," he shares stories and lessons from his upbringing during D.C.'s crack epidemic.
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A Greenspace For Locals: How East Potomac Park Might Be Redeveloped

Hains Point, at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, is one of the most scenic spots in D.C., and a favorite among cyclists and rollerbladers. but in recent years, facilities have fallen into disrepair.
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The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better Pools

As society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, is there still a place for a team created for gay and lesbian swimmers?
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What Makes Using Synthetic Drugs 'Like Playing Russian Roulette'

Drug researchers at the University of Maryland have been observing the rise of synthetic cannabinoids — designer drugs created overseas that have so far posed unique challenges to drug enforcement.

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Midday Mugging Prompts Placement of Mile Markers Along D.C. Bike Trail

The July 13 midday robbery of a woman and other recent incidents exposed a hole in the District’s response system. The signs are intended to help rectify it.

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D.C. Lines Up Big Subsidies To Expand Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Fleet

Companies effectively would be "buying a $40,000 vehicle for $12,500," says the head of D.C.'s taxi commission. The goal is to add another 20 or 30 wheelchair-accessible vehicles by the end of the year.

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