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MPD Asking For Public's Help Cracking Down On Dirt Bikes, ATVs

After several high-profile incidents, D.C. Police are hoping the public can identify more than 200 persons of interest in connection with incidents involving groups of people on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

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Defective Buses, Inadequate Maintenance Found In Audit Of D.C. Circulator

The oldest D.C. Circulator buses in the District’s fleet have remained on the roads despite “an exceptionally high number of defects,” says an audit by the District Department of Transportation.

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Metro Track-Safety 'Blitz' Continues On Specific Areas Of Rail System

Federal safety inspectors are descending upon Metrorail for a “track inspection blitz,” part of the federal government’s temporary yet growing intervention into the regional subway system’s routine maintenance program.

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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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