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WAMU: Local News

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News features from the Washington, DC Metro Area.

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‘We Are Probably In A Recession’: What To Expect As Pandemic Drags On

Apr 2, 2020 4:25

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"Because of what we know about the pandemic, we are probably in a recession, both nationally and and locally."

With Their Chairs Empty, D.C. Salons, Day Spas And Barbershops Are Waiting On Aid

Apr 2, 2020 4:02

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Even for shops that are able to make it through this economic downturn, questions about their future remain.

What The 1918 Flu Epidemic In D.C. Can Teach Us About Coronavirus

Apr 1, 2020 4:41

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Just like today, Washingtonians combatted the 1918 outbreak with a citywide shutdown.

People Are Using 3D Printers To Combat The Shortage Of Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals

Apr 1, 2020 4:21

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Builders, artists and engineers from around the region are joining a global movement of people using 3D printers to create face shields for health care workers.

How The Coronavirus Has One D.C. Doctor Feeling Like ‘An Intern All Over Again’

Mar 30, 2020 4:29

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Dr. Rahul Shah, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National Hospital, says recent days have been particularly draining.

‘It Was Just A Matter Of Time’: Korean-Americans Saw Coronavirus Coming

Mar 30, 2020 4:11

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Korean-Americans watched coronavirus wrack their home country. Now, they offer lessons for their neighbors in the U.S.

‘It’s A Ghost Town’ — Portraits From A D.C. Shuttered By Coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 4:38

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Activity has ground to a halt, or gone indoors, as the coronavirus spreads. These people are still navigating the city during the pandemic, many to do essential work that can't be done at home.

Stoop Sings, Scavenger Hunts And Bagpipes: How Neighbors Come Together, Six Feet Apart

Mar 21, 2020 2:27

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It's a public health imperative to keep our distance, but neighbors have come up with creative ways to keep their communities close.

As Restaurants Clear Their Pantries, Food Banks And Shelters In Need

Mar 19, 2020 4:19

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Volunteers are scrambling to save food from shuttered restaurants and get it to people in need.

For A Family Adopting From China, Coronavirus Adds Another Dimension Of Anxiety

Mar 17, 2020 4:44

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A family from Northern Virginia hoped they'd be traveling to China this month or next to pick up their newest family member. But coronavirus has thrown their adoption plans into limbo.

Locked Arms, Shared Spoon: Churches Struggle With Social Distance

Mar 15, 2020 3:59

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Many religious services across the region were canceled this weekend, and some relied on reaching congregants through a live video stream instead. But others chose to forge ahead.

Some Military Families Are Without Long-Term Housing Amid Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Mar 13, 2020 1:41

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“We have already sold our home which closes next week, so after that we’ll have no place to live. All of our household goods have been picked up,” one military spouse says.

Local Workers And Businesses Brace For The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 4:27

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Millions of people visit the District in the spring, but self-quarantines and restrictions on travel may lead to a slow tourist season.

Faith Leaders Grapple With Holding Services In The Coronavirus Age

Mar 11, 2020 3:05

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One church will stop offering communion after a rector and organist at another parish was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

His Daughter Died Of An Opioid Overdose. So He Built A Treatment Facility In Her Name

Mar 5, 2020 4:23

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Kevin Simmers, a veteran narcotics cop, was determined to create the kind of residential rehab facility for women that he couldn’t find for his daughter.

Takoma Park Could Be Among Nation’s First Cities To Ban Fossil Fuels

Mar 4, 2020 4:31

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Can one small city take on climate change? Takoma Park has a plan to stop using gasoline, heating oil and natural gas.

These Maryland Lawmakers Strategize On The Run (Literally)

Feb 21, 2020 4:56

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During Maryland legislative session, House lawmakers run together every Tuesday and Thursday.

How This Army Officer Is Memorializing Her Stillborn Daughter Through Music

Feb 20, 2020 5:29

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First Lt. Elizabeth Elliott will conduct the piece inspired by her daughter in a concert this Saturday.

Why A Plan To Keep Sewage Out Of The Potomac Was On The Chopping Block

Feb 20, 2020 7:23

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“Do we commit to providing safe, clean water for future generations and restoring this river? Or are they going to take this carrot from an EPA and a Department of Justice that really doesn’t care about water quality?" the Potomac Riverkeeper asked.

As The D.C. Area Grows Pricier, Can Picking Up A Side Hustle (Or Three) Make A Difference?

Feb 19, 2020 4:27

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From hawking vintage Harley shirts to weighing in on the next location for a Target, area side gigs run the gamut.

A New African American Art Exhibit Encourages Visitors To Vote

Feb 17, 2020 1:49

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The new presentation at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis displays large murals highlighting African Americans in the electoral process.

More Couples Are Embracing Female Breadwinners, Despite Decades-Old Stigma

Feb 17, 2020 4:33

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When women earn more in the relationship, it can make both parties uncomfortable. Some lie about it to family and friends — and other couples have lied to the government about how they actually live.

Ban On Developer Campaign Contributions May Be Scrapped In Prince George’s County

Feb 14, 2020 4:09

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The county is the only one in Maryland with such a prohibition, which stems from a 2011 scandal involving a county executive pleading guilty to accepting $1 million in bribes from development corporations.

Remembering D.C. Negro Leagues Legend, Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson

Feb 13, 2020 4:38

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Mamie Johnson was one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the leagues, we look at the lasting impression Johnson had on D.C. and baseball.

A Republican Group Hopes To Craft A Winning Message In Blue Northern Virginia

Feb 6, 2020 3:56

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Republicans in Northern Virginia are trying to solve a problem facing their party across much of the United States: Can it win back its former stronghold in the suburbs?

‘You Have To Know The Sprint’: Residents React To Latest Pedestrian Death On Suitland Parkway

Feb 4, 2020 4:33

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Community members familiar with the intersection say people run across Suitland Parkway at Irving Street all the time. Local residents say the crossing point is "ripe for conversations about Vision Zero" and the District's goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2024.

D.C. Police Can No Longer Handcuff Most Suspects Under Age 12

Jan 28, 2020 1:02

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A new policy outlines how D.C. police officers should handle juvenile suspects, limiting handcuffing and arrests and giving more suspects the chance at diversion programs.

Here’s A List Of Chinese New Year Celebrations And Events In The Washington Area

Jan 24, 2020 4:13

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Parades, outdoor displays, contemporary hip-hop dance routines and more to do this week and next.

D.C. Has Some Of The Longest Commutes In The Country. What Help Is Available?

Jan 24, 2020 4:25

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More than a third of D.C.-area commuters travel 45 minutes or more to work every day.

In D.C. And Maryland, Strangling Someone Is A Misdemeanor. Victim Advocates Want That To Change

Jan 22, 2020 1:10

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Unlike in 47 states, both D.C. and Maryland consider strangulation a misdemeanor offense — which victim advocates say understates the severity and potential lethality of the crime, especially for women.

In Virginia, Newly Galvanized Gun Activists Challenge Democratic Gun Restrictions

Jan 21, 2020 4:06

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A new wave of pro-gun rights activists are finding their voice in response to Democratic efforts to tighten gun laws.

Maryland’s New Senate President Represents A Generational Shift

Jan 20, 2020 4:27

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Bill Ferguson is working on distinguishing himself while facing the challenges of a new General Assembly session, including a new school funding formula.

After Controversial Leaders Step Down, The Women’s March Tries Again In 2020

Jan 18, 2020 2:45

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For the fourth year, the anti-Trump Women's March will stage events in Washington, D.C., and other places. After years of controversy, the group now has new leadership and a new focus.

Homemade Food Could Soon Be Easier To Sell (And Buy) In D.C.

Jan 17, 2020 4:52

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Changes to the city's cottage food law would lift the limits on where home cooks can sell their food, and how much money they can make.

The D.C. Council After Jack Evans: Bad For Business, Or A Chance For Change?

Jan 17, 2020 4:35

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From near bankruptcy to booming development, D.C. Council member Jack Evans has seen a lot. But as he leaves the D.C. Council on which he has served for almost three decades, some see a loss of institutional knowledge — and others a chance to change how D.C. develops.

Metro Board Weighs Fare Increases And Service Changes In Proposed Budget

Jan 16, 2020 4:31

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The transit agency is required to hold public hearings on some of the most significant changes.

Howard University Receives Coveted African American Art Collection Worth $2.5 Million

Jan 16, 2020 1:11

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The collection includes 152 works by African American artists, including some of the earliest surviving works by African Americans in this country.

D.C. Schools Show Improvement — But Also Persistent Challenges, Report Says

Jan 16, 2020 1:14

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The report notes that many campuses are not racially diverse, and not all students have access to top-rated schools.

Are Bobcats Back In D.C.? Researchers Document First Known Sighting In The City

Jan 15, 2020 1:35

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Bobcats' historic range once included the entire contiguous U.S., but they were driven out by humans. Now, the wild cats are making their way back.

Plastic Bags Could Be Banned In Maryland, Taxed In Virginia

Jan 13, 2020 4:48

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Ten years ago, Washington, D.C., was one of the first places in the nation to impose a fee on single-use shopping bags in an effort to curb pollution in the Anacostia River. Now, outright bans are catching on.

To Cover Virginia Statehouse, Journalists Are Asked Their Race

Jan 10, 2020 1:41

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The Commonwealth has a history of asking race-related questions on marriage licenses and dozens of discriminatory laws in the books that are no longer in effect.

Local Iranians Say They’re ‘Angry For The American People, And People In Iran’

Jan 9, 2020 4:20

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The Washington region is home to one of the largest communities of Iranian-Americans in the country. More than 31,000 Iranian-Americans call the area home.

Waterfront Art Installation Will Examine Alexandria’s Prominent Role In Slave Trade

Jan 9, 2020 1:04

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An art installation in Old Town's Waterfront Park will feature metal silhouettes created by Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous.

Virginia Democrats Unveil Ambitious Agenda For General Assembly

Jan 8, 2020 4:02

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Lawmakers say they have a mandate to enact dramatic change on voting rights, guns, the environment, minimum wage and protections for the LGBTQ community — and they have just 60 days to get that agenda passed.

Hold That Balloon: Maryland Bill Would Levy $250 Fine For Releasing Balloons

Jan 8, 2020 1:04

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The idea is to prevent harm to the environment and wildlife, but some say, "Balloons are not the culprit.”

Embroiled In Scandal And Facing Expulsion, Jack Evans Resigns From D.C. Council

Jan 7, 2020 4:44

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The Council's longest serving member resigned before his colleagues were expected to remove him from office for repeatedly violating conflict of interest rules over the last five years.

Maryland’s First Black Female House Speaker Gears Up For Her Role As Leader

Jan 6, 2020 4:28

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In 2020, Adrienne Jones will defend her position in the House after a contentious speaker’s election that divided Democrats. She’ll also be fighting for a new school funding formula as one of the party’s top priorities.

Teaching History As Impeachment Unfolds

Dec 20, 2019 4:34

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In classrooms across the D.C. region, teachers are airing clips of impeachment hearings and challenging students to draw parallels between the Trump era and other presidencies.

New Beer Laws In Maryland Mean More Craft Beer In More Places

Dec 20, 2019 4:33

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One law increases the amount of beer craft brewers can produce and sell. Another loosens provisions on contracts between brewers and wholesalers. The changes mean craft beer enthusiasts will see more of their favorite drinks in stores around the Washington region.

Minding The (Age) Gap: Volunteer Drivers Make Transportation More Accessible To Suburban Seniors

Dec 19, 2019 4:41

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Cities across the nation are grappling with how to meet the needs of an aging population. One of the greatest needs is transportation, but one Northern Virginia group is helping bridge the transportation gap for free.

Worms Make Great Pets, And Other Reasons To Compost At Home

Dec 18, 2019 5:06

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D.C. has just launched a program to encourage composting at home, with rebates and free composting workshops.

For Small D.C.-Area Businesses, The Holiday Season May Be Make Or Break

Dec 17, 2019 4:52

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One longtime Arlington shop is pondering its future in the age of e-commerce.

Low Skyline, High Prices: Would Taller Buildings Help Make Housing Cheaper In D.C.?

Dec 17, 2019 5:05

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The Height Act has helped create D.C.'s iconic low-slung skyline. Critics say it has also fueled the city's high housing prices.

What It’s Like Trying Out For The Nationals’ Racing Presidents

Dec 16, 2019 3:33

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Racing Presidents tryouts bring out an interesting assortment of candidates. "I pretty much told my colleagues I came for the tryout," Brian says. "They just told me not to get hurt. I have the Department of Defense behind me right now, so I feel good."

Local Politicos Hope Impeachment Takeaway Is Voter Turnout

Dec 16, 2019 4:38

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We spoke with activists and political leaders about their thoughts on impeachment and what they hope the result will be.

Local SNAP Recipients Prepare To Lose Food Stamps In Wake Of New Rule

Dec 13, 2019 4:10

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The Trump administration's new rule means roughly 16,500 District residents will lose their access to the critical benefit, plus thousands more in surrounding areas of the region.

Free Dinner Could Be Offered At Some Prince George’s Schools

Dec 13, 2019 1:19

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The program would provide meals at 45 of the neediest campuses in Prince George’s County Public Schools, and would be the first time the school system provides dinner.

Virginia Officials Explore Legalizing Marijuana At ‘Cannabis Summit’

Dec 12, 2019 1:56

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With Democrats set to take control of Virginia's General Assembly, there's high hopes that marijuana will be decriminalized or fully legalized. But state officials and lawmakers still have to sort out the timing and the details of how to move forward.

Washington Has A Shortage Of Single, Educated Men. Could Amazon Fix That?

Dec 10, 2019 4:43

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Washington women have long complained about a shortage of eligible men to date. It's possible that Amazon — which is known for hiring mostly men — could change that dynamic.

Local Universities Suspend Hong Kong Study Abroad Programs In Rare Move

Dec 9, 2019 1:10

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American University, Georgetown University and George Mason University evacuated students in November from study abroad programs in Hong Kong and will not send students to the region for the 2020 spring semester.

Metro Pilot Program Will Offer Discounts Or Free Transit To Low-Income Riders

Dec 9, 2019 1:32

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D.C. seeks to launch a six to nine-month transit fare pilot to evaluate effectiveness of transit subsidies for low-income residents.

Metro Looks At Building New Lines To Address Tunnel Congestion, But What’s Realistic?

Dec 6, 2019 4:24

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"This is a full-blown effort to put everything on the table and decide what direction we're going to go in," says Shyam Kannan, Metro's vice president of planning.

The Business Of Christmas Trees: How Millennials Might Be Their Saving Grace

Dec 6, 2019 4:36

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Sales have gone down in recent years, but some sellers are optimistic that millenial-driven business will bolster the industry in years to come.

Montgomery County Students To Be Off On Muslim Holiday, Lunar New Year

Dec 5, 2019 1:10

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The school system considered a proposal that would have kept campuses open on Eid al-Fitr in 2021, in part because the College Board had scheduled Advanced Placement exams on the holiday.

Women Wrestling Men: A Promotion Of Violence Or Empowerment?

Dec 5, 2019 4:56

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Some independent wrestling companies allow women and men to wrestle each other in intergender matches. But others say these matches send the wrong message to children.

D.C. Mandates TB Tests For Public School Volunteers. Some Say That’s A Problem

Dec 2, 2019 4:16

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D.C. is the only jurisdiction in the Washington region that requires a TB test from anyone looking to volunteer or chaperone at a public school, and some say it's a barrier to parental engagement.

D.C. Inspectors Issue Warnings If You Aren’t Recycling Right

Dec 2, 2019 4:03

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Jurisdictions around the country are stepping up efforts to cut down on trash in recycling bins after shifts in international recycling markets.

Amazon Commits $20M To Affordable Housing In Arlington In Exchange For More Space

Nov 26, 2019 0:53

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The contribution is expected to cover approximately 235 new affordable housing units.

Trump Administration Sued By Refugee Advocates Over Executive Order

Nov 26, 2019 2:03

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Three refugee resettlement organizations are asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction, momentarily halting the implementation of Trump's executive order.

Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results

Nov 25, 2019 4:07

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Some groups want to move the state toward renewable energy faster than one of its predominant power companies Dominion Energy.

I Went To Enchant, The Christmas-Themed Extravaganza Inside Nationals Park

Nov 25, 2019 2:06

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Visitors can experience "the world's largest" Christmas light maze while battling distraction by dozens of Instagram-worthy light installations, including a 100-foot-tall tree, giant snowflakes and an enormous diamond engagement ring.

Washington Redskins Fans Hang On To Suffering Team By A Fraying Thread

Nov 22, 2019 5:02

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Some sports fans compare passion for their teams to religious worship. For Washington Redskins fans, that devotion has turned into all-out despair.

What Howard County’s Population, Demographic Data Tell You About The School Redistricting Battle

Nov 21, 2019 5:15

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Parents and school board officials are divided on whether the county should relocate some students from their neighborhood schools to help remedy an uneven distribution of resources.

Virginia’s Legislature Will Tackle Gerrymandering In The New Year

Nov 20, 2019 4:38

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Earlier this year, Virginia lawmakers took steps toward overhauling the state's redistricting process. But with Democrats now in the majority, will anything change?

I Went Backpacking In The Middle Of Washington, D.C. You Can, Too

Nov 19, 2019 4:54

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For city-dwellers, a camping trip usually means packing up the car with gear and driving a few hours. But what if you could spend a night in the wilderness, in the middle of the city?

Home Grown: Your Guide To Buying Local, Seasonal Produce In The Washington Region

Nov 18, 2019 4:47

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There are dozens of places to find local produce in the Washington region — from local grocers to daily farmers markets. Here's how to get your fresh produce fix locally.

Prince George’s County Eyes New Approach To Upgrading Its Public School Buildings

Nov 18, 2019 4:13

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The county's public schools recently announced an ambitious plan to build six new middle schools in the next three years by partnering with the private sector.

Dating A Democrat: How 2020’s Presidential Election Has Altered Romance in D.C.

Nov 15, 2019 3:58

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Dating can be tough. And in this era of political divisiveness, people are looking at candidate affiliation as the mark of a good mate.

Maryland’s Black Caucus Takes Fight For HBCU Funding To Legislature

Nov 14, 2019 3:34

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Lawmakers want to force the state to pay $577 million to HBCUs that historically have been underfunded.

Soda Industry Kicks Off Fight Against Proposed D.C. ‘Soda Tax’

Nov 13, 2019 0:52

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The American Beverage Association has waged aggressive and well-funded fights against proposed soda taxes in other jurisdictions, and now is gearing up to fight a bill in the D.C. Council.

A Retro Adult Daycare Goes Back To The Future To Treat Dementia

Nov 13, 2019 3:57

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Don't call it a comeback: A unique senior day program taps into decades-old memories to soothe seniors living with dementia.

Why Doesn’t Georgetown Have A Metro Station? It Goes Beyond NIMBYism

Nov 12, 2019 4:15

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The old story goes that neighbors protested, but the real cause of Georgetown's lack of a Metro station is less about NIMBYism and more about strategy and geology.

Advocates Eye Virginia In Push To Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Nov 11, 2019 4:43

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Now that Democrats have taken control of Virginia's General Assembly, the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment appears closer than ever.

Duck Boats Ferried Supplies On D-Day, Tourists On The National Mall — Now They’re Retiring

Nov 5, 2019 5:14

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Washington's duck boats have ferried generations of tourists around the monuments. But the vehicles, built in the 1940s, won't be returning to D.C. streets or waterways.

Critical Virginia Elections Spread Volunteers Across Swing Districts

Nov 4, 2019 3:55

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Both Democrats and Republicans agree there’s a lot at stake this year in Virginia's elections. But if you live in the northern D.C. suburbs, there’s a chance your vote won’t have much of an impact. That’s why local residents, both Democrat and Republican, are volunteering for candidates in swing districts across the state.

Nationals Win World Series For First Time In Franchise History

Oct 31, 2019 5:17

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It was a long journey to victory spanning seven games — and more than eight decades.

Your Northern Virginia Voter Guide To The November Elections

Oct 29, 2019 4:11

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What's at stake in Virginia's General Assembly elections, and how can you participate? What you need to know ahead of the Nov. 5 race.

Go-Go Is D.C. — D.C. Is Go-Go. Is That Changing?

Oct 29, 2019 7:45

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Go-go music has long been the signature soundtrack of Washington, D.C. But as the city changes — growing more expensive and gentrifying — will the genre change along with it, or can the music shape the city's future?

Why A Nationals World Series Probably Won’t Be A Cash Cow For D.C.

Oct 25, 2019 4:41

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Despite what some say is a fountain of economic prosperity for the District, economists say the Nationals playing in the World Series is unlikely to derive any additional income for D.C.

How The Negro League’s Homestead Grays Shaped D.C. Baseball

Oct 24, 2019 4:52

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The Washington Homestead Grays won three Negro League World Series titles and 10 Negro National League pennants.

You Only Need About $2,500 In Emergency Savings, But Even That’s Difficult In D.C.

Oct 24, 2019 4:41

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Researchers studied lower-income households to see how much money it takes to lower the risk of financial disaster in the event of an unexpected expense.

In Photos: Nationals Fans Cheer Team On To Game 1 Win In The World Series

Oct 23, 2019 5:31

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While the Nationals sought a win Tuesday in Houston in their first-ever World Series appearance, fans in the Washington region descended on Nationals Park to show their support for a team that's been no stranger to heartbreak.

Maryland Universities Draw Protests And Some Support Over ICE Contracts

Oct 21, 2019 3:58

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Some believe it’s critical for universities to partner with agencies like ICE in order to inform better policy, but others say those contracts run up against an institutions' values.

‘It’s About Human Nature’: What Science Tells Us About Being A Bandwagon Nats Fan

Oct 21, 2019 4:40

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The Washington Nationals are seeing a wave of new local fans now throwing their support behind the team as they prepare for the World Series. What does that say about their fanbase?

Gun Control Laws Emerge As Top Issue Ahead Of Virginia Elections

Oct 17, 2019 4:54

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As Republicans try to maintain a majority in Virginia’s legislature, some are appealing to voters' demands for stricter gun control as the state begins to lean in favor of more liberal values.

Psilocybin Paves Path For Addiction Research At Johns Hopkins

Oct 15, 2019 4:34

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Johns Hopkins has launched a research center that will study the therapeutic properties of psychedelic drugs. The center will study compounds like psilocybin in treating a range of mental health issues, like anorexia and addiction.

Vape Shops Say Proposed Bans Could Send Their Industry Up In Smoke

Oct 14, 2019 4:25

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Vape shop employees say they're not the ones to blame for the serious lung illnesses around the country.

As U.S. Refugee Cap Hits All-Time Low, Advocates Say ‘It’s Just Devastating’

Oct 11, 2019 5:20

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The Trump administration cited security reasons for scaling back refugee admissions, but advocates worry the decline will eventually lead to the end of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program.

Solar Permits More Than Doubled In D.C. Last Year

Oct 2, 2019 1:28

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D.C. has made it easier to go solar by simplifying the permitting process. Plus, a new renewable energy mandate makes solar more affordable and profitable.

Students Plan To Skip Class For Climate Change. Here’s How Schools Are Handling It.

Sep 19, 2019 1:06

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Local school systems support their students' civic engagement, but some won't excuse them for climate protests.

What Does ‘Affordable’ Even Mean In The Washington Area?

Sep 19, 2019 4:13

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Even people making six figures are struggling to pay their bills. And that could have wide-reaching effects on the region's future.

D.C. Wants To Be Resilient To Climate Change. Critics Argue Efforts Could Worsen Inequalities.

Sep 18, 2019 3:50

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Critics of the term "resilience" say urban planners often ignore the root causes that make people vulnerable to climate change in the first place.

Climate Change Is Making D.C. Weather ‘Warmer, Wetter And Wilder’

Sep 16, 2019 4:00

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Rising sea level. Hotter days. Unpredictable weather — how climate change is playing out in the region.

Cricket Is Growing In Popularity In Montgomery County. Now, There’s A New Field For People To Play

Sep 16, 2019 1:12

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One league used to play cricket in parking lots and on tennis courts before the Germantown field opened.

Chevy Chase Dog Park Latest Local Doggie Drama

Sep 11, 2019 4:09

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A debate over noise shut down a Chevy Chase dog park, but in many places, they're controversial symbols of neighborhood change.

A Northern Virginia Mother Was A Victim Of Domestic Violence. She Was Deported.

Sep 11, 2019 4:12

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Undocumented immigrants who've been victims of a crime can qualify for a special visa known as the U visa. But advocates fear changes under the Trump administration will mean more people with pending applications will be deported.

Elrich Says Montgomery County To Meet With ICE To Resolve Disputes

Sep 10, 2019 3:55

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"I’m not averse to having conversations with people. But if the conversation is going to be, ‘Illegal people come into in the country and do bad things, we don’t know who the individuals are, so we want all of them taken away,’ that’s not a conversation I’m going to have," Elrich said.

Get Out There: Back-To-School For Adults

Sep 5, 2019 4:17

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As children around the Washington region head back to school, adults can keep learning, too.

It Takes A Village ⁠— And A Diversity Course ⁠— To Drive Out Hate In Anne Arundel County

Sep 4, 2019 4:21

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How one high school principal decided to turn a hate-based incident into a teachable moment.

What It Might Take to Fix Washington’s Housing Shortage

Sep 4, 2019 1:30

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A new report from the Urban Institute grapples with the state of affordability throughout the region and identifies actionable strategies to change it over time.

‘It’s About Power’: D.C. Students Seek To Remove Bias In School Dress Codes

Sep 4, 2019 1:20

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A new report from the National Women's Law Center looks at the work student activists and policymakers are doing to promote equitable school dress codes in D.C.

How Food Banks Are Working To Combat D.C.’s Hunger Problem And What You Can Do To Help

Aug 29, 2019 4:22

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Food banks have challenges: a growing need despite a growing economy, limits to government funding and restrictions on applying for money that vary by jurisdiction. These roadblocks can make it difficult to coordinate efforts.

The Economy’s Good, So Why Are Food Banks Still Struggling To Meet The Demand?

Aug 29, 2019 5:02

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As the Washington region’s food banks and pantries work together to feed families, the organizations say a lack of government funding is making it more difficult to resolve the area's growing food insecurity problem.

Veterans Say Bethesda Naval Base’s Bowling Alley ‘Saved Multiple Lives.’ Then It Shut Down

Aug 26, 2019 4:07

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A Bethesda naval base shut down its bowling alley due to a decline in customers and revenue. The decision upset veterans and civilians, who had been bowling there for years.

Here’s What It’s Like To Ride The New Shared Mopeds — And What Trainers Taught Us

Aug 22, 2019 4:31

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Learn in a low-traffic neighborhood first, use good defensive driving practices and watch out for potholes.

Get Out There: Dog-Friendly Activities

Aug 22, 2019 4:01

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In "Get Out There," our weekly arts chat, we discussed canine-friendly activities perfectly suited for the dog days of summer.

‘They Ask Me, What Is The Holocaust?’ Teens Connect With Holocaust Survivors Through Art

Aug 21, 2019 1:42

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The teens create artwork based on the stories of survivors. Organizers say it's a way to ensure that the Holocaust isn't forgotten.

In Debut Novel, Tope Folarin Traces A Nigerian American’s Coming Of Age

Aug 20, 2019 27:19

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Tope Folarin moved to D.C. to become a writer. Just over a decade later, he releases his first novel, "A Particular Kind of Black Man."

With Steph Curry Donation, Howard University Brings Back Golf Team

Aug 19, 2019 1:27

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Though Curry's representatives wouldn't confirm how much money he is donating to Howard University's golf program, they did confirm it will be a seven-figure commitment over the next six years.

Fathers Are Favored In Child Custody Battles, Even When Abuse Is Alleged

Aug 19, 2019 6:01

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New research shows that when either parent is accused of alienation, mothers are twice as likely to lose custody compared to fathers. Lawmakers and experts in Maryland are working to change that.

‘This Feels Like A Moment’: Local Gun Control Advocates Push For Stricter Laws After Mass Shootings

Aug 17, 2019 1:31

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"The officers told me he was a statistic," said Susie Paul-de Leede of her father-in-law, Johan, who was killed in a shooting in 2016. "And that's what drew me to this movement. I want to honor him. He's not a statistic."

Artists Take On America’s Biggest Issues At D.C.’s Touchstone Gallery

Aug 16, 2019 1:41

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The "America Is" exhibition includes pieces that reflect on everything from multiculturalism to the opioid epidemic.

Second Marijuana Dispensary Opens East Of The Anacostia River In D.C.

Aug 15, 2019 4:30

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In an effort to bring patients closer to their medicine, D.C. required that two medical marijuana dispensaries open east of the Anacostia River — where none existed before.

Takoma’s Been Torched: Satirical News Site Takes Aim At Takoma Park Quirks

Aug 14, 2019 1:37

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The Takoma Torch publishes "Onion"-style articles that poke fun at the suburb's hippie, progressive reputation.

Misplaced And Displaced: Rebuilding Community Through Restorative Justice

Aug 13, 2019 4:19

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In Portland, Oregon, restorative justice is being used to rebuild communities fractured by gentrification.

The Weird & Wonderful Life Of Murray Horwitz

Aug 8, 2019 34:22

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WAMU's Big Broadcast host is a Tony award-winning playwright — and a former clown.

You Pushed The Walk Button At An Intersection. So Why Don’t The Cars Stop?

Aug 8, 2019 4:58

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How a national standard for signage is confusing walk button pushers across the District and how that may soon change.

How And Where To Find Gluten-Free Alcohol In The D.C. Region

Aug 5, 2019 4:29

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Imbibing is a tradition in the Washington region, and new watering holes open all the time. But people with allergies to wheat or soy, or who have Celiac Disease may have a hard time enjoying some of their favorite libations.

‘This Is My Spot’: D.C. Gallery Helps Artists With Disabilities Sell Their Work

Aug 2, 2019 4:39

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At Art Enables, artists with intellectual disabilities learn how to make and market their art.

Why Parking Prices Are Changing Again In Chinatown/Penn Quarter

Aug 2, 2019 4:33

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Prices in the area will soon range from $1 to $7 an hour depending on the spot and time of day.

Children Of Color’s Health Can Be Affected By Racism. Here’s What Doctors Can Do To Help

Jul 31, 2019 1:06

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The American Academy of Pediatrics wants doctors to focus on how racism can impact the health of children and adolescents.

Out From The Shadows: Montgomery County’s Historic Black Communities Are The Focus Of New Exhibit

Jul 30, 2019 4:42

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The goal of the exhibition, curated by students at American University, is to pay homage to the Montgomery County black communities who championed fights against racial discrimination through faith, family and fellowship.

Watergate Salad: A Fluffy Green Bite Of Washington’s Past

Jul 26, 2019 5:23

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New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel gave us the Waldorf salad. Boston’s Parker House hotel is home of the Parker House roll. And D.C.’s most famous hotel has its own eponymous treat: the Watergate salad. Except unlike the Waldorf salad or Parker House roll, the Watergate salad wasn’t invented at the hotel whose name it bears.

‘Our Ancestors Deserve This’: Displaced Residents Seek Historic Status For Barry Farm

Jul 25, 2019 1:14

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Residents of the public housing complex in Southeast D.C. are requesting a landmark designation for 32 buildings set for demolition.

Northam Looks To Expand Preschool For Low-Income Virginians

Jul 24, 2019 1:34

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The executive directive could expand early education opportunities for three and four-year-olds in low-income families.

From Sewage Dump To Beach: Washington’s Rivers May Be Safe To Swim Within 5 Years

Jul 23, 2019 4:45

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D.C.'s rivers are so polluted, it's been illegal to swim in them for decades. But as the water quality improves, some say it may soon be time to dive in.

‘Humans For Humans’: Maryland Group Turns ‘Ugly’ Produce Into Cooked Meals For The Needy

Jul 18, 2019 4:25

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Volunteers in Montgomery County come together twice a month to prepare fresh, healthy meals for people in need.

Residents, Police Skeptical Of Montgomery County’s Proposed Advisory Commission

Jul 18, 2019 4:32

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The proposal from Council member Hans Riemer would create a 15-member board with non-voting representatives from the police department and police union.

D.C. Wants Ambulances Used Only For Emergencies. But Who Decides What’s An Emergency?

Jul 15, 2019 4:01

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D.C. Fire and EMS has one of the highest per capita call volumes in the country – and it’s growing. To help relieve pressure, officials are trying to steer more patients to clinics instead of emergency rooms. But not everyone trusts it.

A Window Into Space At The National Cathedral

Jul 10, 2019 4:37

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Neil Armstrong picked up the rock at the Sea of Tranquility. It’s the only moon rock that was given to a non-governmental agency.

Flooded Basement? Here’s What To Do And How To Stop It From Happening Again

Jul 9, 2019 4:33

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Cleaning up might just mean cleaning out.

Most Plays Performed In D.C. Are Written By White Men — And Other Facts About The City’s Theater Scene

Jul 9, 2019 1:20

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The study analyzes playwright and director demographics for a season's worth of theatrical productions in D.C.

The Overlooked Monument That Marks ‘America’s Worst Road Trip’ Turns 100

Jul 8, 2019 4:34

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The Zero Milestone is one of the best places to get a picture of the White House, but the marker itself rests in obscurity.

A Big Fight Over Small Apartments In Montgomery County

Jul 8, 2019 4:34

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After a Montgomery County council member proposed allowing more tiny homes and basement apartments in the jurisdiction, the ensuing debate divided residents who disagree on their potential impacts.

Wake Up In 1916 When You Stay At This Restored C&O Canal Lockhouse

Jun 27, 2019 4:28

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The C&O Canal is dotted with historic lockhouses. One of them has just been restored and opened to the public for overnight stays.

A Year Later, Widow Of Capital Gazette Shooting Victim Moves Forward With Her Grief

Jun 27, 2019 3:42

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Andrea Chamblee's husband, John McNamara, was one of five people killed in the mass shooting.

Push For Improved Maternal Health Care In D.C. Addresses Racial Biases

Jun 26, 2019 1:13

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Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) has introduced a bill expanding maternal health services covered under insurance in the District.

Five Don’t-Miss Events At This Weekend’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Jun 26, 2019 3:04

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The annual festival has been shrunk down to two days this year, but there's still a lot to do.

John Delaney Has Been Running For President Since 2017. Now He Gets A National Stage.

Jun 26, 2019 4:42

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While Bernie Sanders is pushing Medicare for All and doing away with private insurance, former Maryland Congressman John Delaney offers a more centrist view. He wants universal health care — like that of some European countries — with access to free health care while maintaining some private insurance.

Adult Graduates Get Hugs, Cheers And Second Chances

Jun 25, 2019 5:16

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Nearly 50 students from Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter, with campuses in Wards 5 and 8, completed their high school requirements this year: they have passed the GED or the National External Diploma Program.

‘They Didn’t Expect To Get These Children’: Family Members Struggle Outside Of Foster System

Jun 24, 2019 5:08

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Thousands of families agree to take in a relative's children and become kinship caregivers to prevent the children from going into foster care. Then, they have to navigate financial and emotional resource gaps.

What’s With The Black Stuff On The Jefferson Memorial Roof?

Jun 21, 2019 5:05

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A mysterious substance has been growing on the monument's dome for more than a decade. Here's why it's taking so long to clean.

First Of Three Young, Black Lynching Victims In Loudoun County To Be Memorialized

Jun 18, 2019 1:15

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A 14-year-old boy was lynched more than 100 years ago for allegedly scaring a white teenage girl. On Wednesday, officials will gather to remember him and place a marker at the site where he was murdered.

New Palestinian Museum In D.C. Favors The Personal Over The Political

Jun 18, 2019 3:56

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The museum's founder hopes the new space will make room for conversation among a diverse audience.

For One Night, Asylum-Seeking Chef Offers D.C. A Taste Of South Sudan

Jun 17, 2019 4:20

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Mary Apollo will be cooking a traditional dish from her homeland Monday as part of a new program called Tables Without Borders.

Ward 8 Community Fears Health Risks From Proposed 5G Towers

Jun 14, 2019 1:07

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The fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) will be a game changer for how we live and work. Technology experts and policymakers participated in a town hall meeting in the District's Ward 8 to explore how 5G will benefit communities of color.

‘One Of The Biggest Ghosts Of Our Past’: Corcoran Revisits Its Canceled Mapplethorpe Exhibition 30 Years Later

Jun 13, 2019 1:37

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Graduate students at George Washington University pored through thousands of documents from the gallery's archives to tell the story of the Mapplethorpe show's conception, controversy and cancellation, as well as the community outcry that followed.

It’s A West Nile (Virus) Story: Fairfax County’s Bug Rapper Returns With New Video

Jun 13, 2019 1:36

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He's back! The man behind the raps about Zika and Lyme disease returns with sick beats and catchy rhymes about the most common mosquito-borne disease in the United States.

She Was Told Her Son Wouldn’t Make It To Age 5, But The Graduate Is On The Road To Adulthood

Jun 11, 2019 4:53

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For students with severe functional needs getting to graduation is just half the battle. As adults, graduates are no longer entitled to the services they had in the school system.

The Smithsonian’s Founder Never Set Foot In America. Now His Descendants Are Touring The Museums

Jun 11, 2019 1:42

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For the first time, descendants of the English scientist who founded the Smithsonian are in Washington to visit the museums.

Virginia Primaries Breeze Past Spending Records

Jun 10, 2019 0:58

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Local contests in Tuesday’s primary elections in Virginia are among the most expensive in the state’s history. One race in Fairfax County has seen an influx of more than $1.7 million dollars, with one candidate contributing roughly half of that amount.

Against The Backdrop Of Barry Farm’s Demolition, The Goodman League Returns

Jun 10, 2019 4:47

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The community basketball league has brought neighbors and families together for years, but regulars wonder what the future holds.

What’s In A Name? Residents East Of The Anacostia River Say, ‘Everything.’

Jun 7, 2019 4:34

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Some residents in Wards 7 and 8 say there’s too much rich history to give up the area's nickname “East of the River."

Voters Get Ready For ‘One Of The Most Diverse Tickets Virginia Has Ever Seen’

Jun 6, 2019 4:49

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Four young progressives are vying to represent the ever-changing Loudoun County area in the House of Delegates.

D.C. Students Turn To Renowned Educator To Tackle Gentrification And Racism

Jun 6, 2019 1:42

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World-renowned diversity expert Jane Elliott hosted master classes with students, parents and a Southeast D.C. community to address the impacts of gentrification on public schools, and what children should be taught about it.

Who Mows The Lawn On The National Mall And When Do They Do It?

Jun 6, 2019 4:45

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The National Mall is "America's front yard," but it didn't get that way all on its own. Meet one of the hard-working people keeping things looking beautiful.

McAuliffe Steps In As Virginia’s ‘Surrogate Governor’ For Democrats This Election Season

Jun 5, 2019 4:29

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The scandals among Democratic leadership in Virginia in the last year have left local candidates looking for fundraising help. Enter the commonwealth's former governor.

The Fourth Of July Is A Month Away, But D.C. Officials Still Have No Details On Trump’s Plan

Jun 4, 2019 1:55

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The White House hasn't clued the National Park Service or D.C. into what changes it wants to the Fourth of July celebrations, although officials expect them to include a new location for fireworks and a possible speech by President Trump.

Choosing The Right Assisted Living Community: Tips, Costs And More

Jun 3, 2019 6:27

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Assisted living communities come with a wide range of services in many different forms, from small group homes to plush apartments buildings. All provide a place to live, meals and help with tasks from bathing to medication reminders.   

Child Care Is Expensive, But Providers Themselves Struggle To Get By

May 29, 2019 4:14

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While child care costs continue to rise, many providers are still among the lowest-paid workers in the country. This may come as a surprise to D.C. area parents, who are paying among the highest costs for child care in the nation

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Capital Beltway Expansion

May 29, 2019 4:41

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State leaders are grappling with agitated residents and local leaders over the plans and how neighborhoods might be impacted.

Trump Promises Rolling Thunder Will Return To D.C., But Organizers Say ‘It’s Not Just About The Money’

May 28, 2019 3:25

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Trump tweeted that Rolling Thunder will be back in D.C. next year. That was news to the ride's organizers.

Transgender Military Members Say Ban Is ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 2.0’

May 28, 2019 4:48

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The Trump administration's ban on transgender service members has many asking how they can serve their country and be true to themselves.

Meet The D.C. Glydiators, The Electric Unicycle Fanatics Who Glide All Over The Region

May 24, 2019 4:16

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Could these rare electric vehicles be the new way to get around?

Rolling Thunder Motorcyclists Converge On Washington For The Last Time

May 24, 2019 4:34

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The motorcycle rally for veterans and POWs has been an annual Memorial Day tradition for 32 years, but it's ending due to high costs.

From Chanterelles To Serviceberries, A Forageable Feast Surrounds Us

May 23, 2019 4:41

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Foraging for food is as ancient as the first human beings -- and it's also trendy, nutritious and probably not toxic.

Why This Historic Silver Spring Development Looks Straight Out Of Disney World

May 23, 2019 4:03

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A school for women, circa 1894, looks like something of a children’s book. Today, it’s in the midst of a revival.

Let The Women Score: Gender Dynamics At Play In Washington Flag Football Leagues

May 23, 2019 4:49

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Touchdowns in flag football are worth more points when women score. Some think gendered rules like this are "Band-Aids" on larger societal issues.

The Spy Behind Home Plate: New Film Tells The Curious Story Of Moe Berg

May 22, 2019 1:49

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There’s often more to people than meets the eye — even ballplayers.

How Walt Whitman’s Decade In Washington Changed His Life — And His Poetry

May 22, 2019 4:49

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On the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth, Washingtonians reflect on his time in D.C.

As Virginia Primaries Near, Progressives Get Ready For A Fight

May 20, 2019 4:10

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Virginia's largest political story this year, the blackface scandal and sexual assault allegations in the executive branch, won't play a huge role, analysts say.

Many School Districts Hesitate To Say Students Have Dyslexia. That Can Lead To Problems.

May 20, 2019 5:26

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Federal officials and researchers agree: Dyslexia is a disorder that needs to be screened for and treated. The problem is so widespread that now prisons are tasked with proactively treating dyslexia — something many schools still don’t do.

Mourning Nabra Hassanen: The Uncommon Aftermath Of A Muslim Teen’s Death

May 17, 2019 4:55

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In the two years since Nabra was killed during Ramadan, her community is still reeling from the loss.

A Childhood Erased: Black Girls And Women Discuss Harsher Punishments Due To ‘Adultification’

May 16, 2019 1:33

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A new report reveals findings from focus groups that examined whether a 2017 study aligns with the real lives of black girls and women, and what should be done to address adultification bias.

D.C. Teen To Race In NASCAR Series For Young Minority Drivers

May 16, 2019 5:05

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Rajah Caruth, 17, is one of four young drivers accepted to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program.

Why Does It Seem Like Allergies Get So Much Worse For Washington Transplants?

May 16, 2019 4:41

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Warmer weather is a pleasant change for many Washingtonians, but it also brings a new scourge: seasonal allergies. We look into the science behind worsening allergies for new residents and how they might only get worse.

1 In 14 D.C. Public High Schoolers Has Had ‘Exchange Sex,’ Study Finds

May 16, 2019 1:13

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But certain groups of teens were much more likely to have had exchange sex than others.

Adoptees At Risk Of Deportation Bring Fight To Washington

May 15, 2019 1:10

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Although they were adopted from other countries by U.S. citizen parents as children, tens of thousands remain without U.S. citizenship, limiting access to needed services and placing them at risk of deportation.

Giant Bugs And Neon Houses Take Over Smithsonian Gardens

May 15, 2019 1:30

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"Habitat" explores the places that different species call home.

ACLU Study Finds D.C.’s Black Residents Arrested At Higher Rate For Largely Minor Offenses

May 14, 2019 0:00

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Newly released data shows black residents were arrested disproportionately in the vast majority of the city's neighborhoods, including predominantly white areas.

Why Some Restaurants Call Food Delivery Apps A ‘Necessary Evil’

May 14, 2019 4:45

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Customers love the convenience of delivery apps like Postmates and Uber Eats. But does that convenience come at a high cost to restaurants?

Two Dozen Bullets Almost Claimed A Father And His Teenage Son. Now The Whole Family Is Surviving The Aftermath.

May 13, 2019 4:55

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Daryl and his 14-year-old son Rell survived 26 bullets mistakenly fired at them in late December 2018. Now the family is navigating a difficult road to recovery, one they say has brought them closer together.

Is Metrorail’s Reputation Improving? Poll Respondents Seem To Think So.

May 10, 2019 2:34

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But ridership isn't improving -- it's at its lowest point in nearly 20 years.

Should D.C. Toll Streets During Peak Traffic Periods? Council Wants To Study ‘Congestion Pricing’

May 9, 2019 4:01

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The concept of tolling to use regular roads is coming to the U.S. and New York City in 2021. Could D.C. be next?

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

May 8, 2019 4:02

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The term "100-year flood" is often confusing and misleading, scientists, local emergency officials and homeowners all agree. Experts say there's a better way to communicate about flood risk.

Former Deputy Assistant AG Offers Perspective On Unitary Executive Theory

May 8, 2019 7:25

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John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, talks about executive power, and the tug of war between Congress and the White House over the Mueller report.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries On Contempt Proceedings Against Barr

May 8, 2019 4:38

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NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, House Democratic Caucus chair, about the contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr.

Iran Announces It Will Ramp Up Nuclear Activities

May 8, 2019 4:19

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Iran has announced its intention to begin withdrawing from parts of a 2015 nuclear agreement in 60 days. The decision could reduce the time needed to develop a nuclear weapon — if Iran chose to do so.

Mississippi River Closure’s Impact On Illinois Farmer

May 8, 2019 3:56

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Illinois farmer Joe Zumwalt's soybeans, corn and wheat can't go down the Mississippi River because the Coast Guard has shut down a 5-mile stretch. Tariff conflicts have also affected his business.

Addiction Medicine Mostly Prescribed To Whites, Even As Opioid Deaths Rose In Blacks

May 8, 2019 2:33

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A study looked at who gets prescriptions for buprenorphine, and found that white patients are almost 35 times more likely to get the lifesaving addiction treatment than African Americans.

Lessons Learned From California’s Effort To Tighten The Childhood Immunization Law

May 8, 2019 5:04

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NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with California state Sen. Richard Pan. Pan is also a pediatrician, and he was one of the leaders of the effort to force parents to vaccinate their children.

House Judiciary Committee Votes To Hold Barr In Contempt

May 8, 2019 3:29

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The House Judiciary Committee votes to hold William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to provide access to the unredacted Mueller report after the White House asserted executive privilege.

How Big A Problem Is Religious Objection In Health Care?

May 8, 2019 3:44

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About once a year for the last decade, a health care provider would file a complaint of conscience through Health and Human Services. Last year, complaints skyrocketed to 343.

South Africans Head To Polls

May 8, 2019 4:05

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South Africans voted Wednesday in an election viewed as a referendum on the African National Congress. It's been in charge since the end of apartheid but has largely failed to live up to its promises.

Want To Walk Or Bike Across The Country? There’s A Plan For That.

May 8, 2019 1:35

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The Great American Rail-Trail would begin with a section in D.C. and Maryland, mostly along the C&O Canal. But don't put on your lycra bike shorts yet -- the trail is likely decades from completion.

‘They Don’t Understand’: Howard Neighbors Search For Solutions After Dog-Walking Uproar

May 8, 2019 4:42

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A look at the complex history Howard University has with the surrounding community in light of the recent dog-walking controversy.

How One Non-Muslim Is Working To Make Restaurants More Inclusive During Ramadan

May 8, 2019 1:39

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"There is obviously a religious aspect to this, in that we're talking about Ramadan and an Islamic holiday. But really, this is about capitalism," says Katherine Ashworth Brandt, Dine After Dark's founder.

Venezuelan President Maduro Denies Claims He Was Ready To Flee

May 1, 2019 3:43

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President Nicolás Maduro emerged defiant on state television after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on the military to oust him. David Greene talks to reporter Mariana Zuñiga about the issues.

Attorney General Barr To Testify On Capitol Hill About Mueller Report

May 1, 2019 7:08

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Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Judiciary Committee member and 2020 presidential candidate, about Barr testifying on the special counsel's report. NPR's Tamara Keith comments.

Mattress Firm Seeks Intern To Sleep On The Job

May 1, 2019 0:27

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The company calls it a snooze-tern. It's taking applications for an intern to test beds and post videos on social media.

High School’s Pitchers Throw Perfect Game And No-Hitter On Same Day

May 1, 2019 0:27

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Pitchers at two teams at a New Mexico high school threw a perfect game and a no-hitter on the same day, according to the Carlsbad Current Argus.

Opinion: How Holzhauer Hacked ‘Jeopardy!’

May 1, 2019 3:47

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Sports commentator Mike Pesca has his say on the unstoppability of Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer.

NASA Warns About Threat Of Meteors

May 1, 2019 1:00

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said meteor impacts happen more frequently than the general public knows.

Democratic Senators Look To Make Headlines In Barr Hearing

May 1, 2019 3:50

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Attorney General Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee will give three presidential candidates another opportunity to make headlines from the committee dais.

How Proposed Asylum Rule Changes Would Affect Asylum-Seekers

May 1, 2019 3:23

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How will the Trump administrations' proposed changes to asylum rules affect asylum seekers? NPR's David Greene talks with Michelle Brané of the Women's Refugee Commission.

As Meth Use Surges, First Responders Struggle To Help Those In Crisis

May 1, 2019 5:53

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The return of methamphetamine is overwhelming police, ERs and treatment centers — especially west of the Mississippi. But, unlike opioid dependency, meth addiction has no reliable treatment.

No Visas For Afghan And Iraqi Interpreters

May 1, 2019 5:15

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Dozens of lawmakers have signed a letter to the Trump administration demanding to know why there has been a drastic slowdown in granting U.S. visas to Afghans and Iraqis who helped U.S. forces.

How Takoma Park Became ‘The Berkeley Of The East’

Apr 24, 2019 6:08

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Exploring the origins of a Washington suburb's hippy-dippy reputation.

Fairfax County Proposes Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

Apr 23, 2019 7:49

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The program will benefit immigrants living in the county including permanent residents, DACA recipients and Temporary Protected Status holders who are facing deportation proceedings.

‘Compared To Notre Dame, We’re A Baby.’ National Cathedral Leadership Sees Lesson In Paris Fire

Apr 17, 2019 4:52

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The National Cathedral is currently updating its fire plan. But "ironically, that's not fully funded," the Director of Preservation and Facilities James Shepherd said.

Despite Housing Crunch, Montgomery County Expected To Freeze New Development

Apr 16, 2019 4:29

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To mitigate overcrowding, the county is looking at redistricting schools and putting a pause on housing development.

What Does It Mean To Have A Military Base In Your Neighborhood?

Apr 16, 2019 5:24

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Between the hundreds of thousands of military personnel, including contractors and civilian employees, there are a host of benefits for local communities that have bases. But there are also some risks.

‘Save Black Women’: D.C. Gets To Work Addressing Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Apr 12, 2019 5:19

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African American women in D.C. are dying at disproportionate rates after giving birth, when compared to other women in the District and across the country. The city's committing new resources to figure out why.

Kid-Sized ‘Traffic Parks’ Are D.C.’s New Playgrounds With A Purpose

Apr 11, 2019 4:27

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"It is the city in miniature," says Ellen Drogin Rodgers, a George Mason University professor who helped coordinate the project. Preschoolers learn traffic safety basics. In second grade, DCPS teach students how to ride bikes on the traffic garden.

In The D.C. Region, Some Residents Complain About Too Many Banks — While Others Have Few

Apr 10, 2019 5:04

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After years of closing branches, some banks are getting back into brick-and-mortar. But they're opening in Washington neighborhoods that arguably don't need more banks.

Why Is Child Care So Expensive? Costs Leave Washington-Area Millennials Hesitant To Have Kids

Apr 9, 2019 5:00

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It's not unusual for young families to spend a quarter or more of their income on child care. Does it have to be this way? We look at some of the baked in costs for What's With Washington.

‘Slumlords’ Have A New Foe: D.C.’s Attorney General

Apr 8, 2019 4:43

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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has stepped up enforcement of the city's housing code, creatively using legal tools to go after landlords who don't fix up their properties.

More Than A Decade Later, Some Former D.C. Public Housing Residents Worry If They’ll Ever Return

Apr 8, 2019 4:35

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Temple Courts residents were vouchered out of their homes more than 10 years ago. What has D.C. learned from their stories?

Washington’s New Archbishop Has A History Of Fighting Child Sexual Abuse

Apr 5, 2019 4:15

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory brings his decades-long experience of fighting child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to the Washington diocese at a time when the community is reeling from a scandal-riddled past.

The (Very Scientific) Egg Carton Test

Apr 5, 2019 3:46

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Maryland lawmakers spent a long time talking about egg cartons, during debate over banning foam food containers. Does foam really protects eggs better?