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Passenger 'Panic Buttons' Coming To D.C. Cabs Over Industry Opposition

Prompted by legislation to improve safety, "panic buttons" are starting to appear in D.C. cabs. Rollout so far has been slow and early implementation is exposing potential wrinkles in the idea.

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D.C. Starts Mosquito Trapping Early, Tests For More Viruses, Including Zika

Officials announced they are starting mosquito trapping this week, two months earlier than in previous years, and they'll continue through the first frost in the fall.

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Alonzo Smith And The Role Of Private Policing In Anacostia

When the death of 27-year-old local teacher Alonzo Smith was ruled a homicide in December, questions regarding the role of special police in Washington, D.C., began circulating in Anacostia and beyond.

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D.C. Turns Up Efforts to Stop Street Harassment

From a $40,000 public art grant to calls for a city task force, local officials and advocates are increasing their efforts to combat street harassment in Washington.

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CIA Leaves Explosive On Loudoun Co. School Bus After Training Exercise

An explosive device was left on a Loudoun County school bus after a CIA training exercise earlier this month, and was discovered only after the bus had returned to service.

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D.C. Firefighters Say Technical Glitches Not Hindering Use Of Private Ambulances

D.C. Fire and EMS has augmented its fleet the last couple weeks with private ambulances, and while communications problems have hindered the sharing of patient information, fire officials say it's not affecting service.

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Cybersecurity Scare Rocks Local Hospitals

A cyberattack forced a local hospital system to shut off critical parts of its IT system. How safe is online medical data?

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The History Of ISIS And How Its Rise May Shape The Future Of The Middle East

In recent years recruits to the Islamic State have carried out atrocities across Syria and Iraq and in multiple locations around the world -- most recently Brussels. The history of ISIS and how its rise may shape the future of the Middle East.

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Metro: Quality Cameras Should Make For Quick Arrest In Fatal Deanwood Shooting

A teenager was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon on the platform at the Deanwood Metro station. Metro officials say they expect a quick arrest because the station was equipped with good security cameras.

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Man Shot By Police After Drawing Weapon At Capitol Building

Capitol Police officers say a man was shot by police after drawing a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint. A female bystander also sustained minor injuries. Police categorized the incident as a criminal act.

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