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All aboard! US Botanic Garden holiday display features tiny train stations

WASHINGTON — Every year, mushrooms, acorns, cacao pods and other plant materials are transformed into a dazzling display at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill. This year, visitors will journey on a virtual train trip across America. In the Botanic Garden’s West Wing, visitors get a glimpse of the nation’s rail history in “Season’s […]

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Jobs coming to DC, but more housing needed

WASHINGTON — By 2045 the D.C. region will see an additional 990,000 new jobs. But unless there’s a push to build new housing, the employees coming to fill those jobs will struggle to find a place to live. That’s the upshot of the report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. According to COG’S forecast, […]

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Crime down across DC metro region for the 5th year in a row

WASHINGTON — Crime is down in the D.C. region, and that’s especially true for crimes such as murder, assault, robbery and car theft. A report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments shows the drop in crime is part of a five-year trend. The numbers are encouraging, said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik, who […]

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DC Wharf’s new businesses face old problem of hurricanes, flooding

WASHINGTON — With businesses at the D.C.’s Wharf in Southwest D.C. ready to mark a first year anniversary, owners and managers are getting ready for Hurricane Florence and the possible damage from flooding. Nick Fontana remembers the cleanup after Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. It was, in a word, nasty. Fontana is the Executive Manager of Hurricane […]

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Some ‘side hustles’ become ‘full-time gigs’: Looking at labor on Labor Day

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. and WASHINGTON — Go on social media, and you can find people promoting their “side hustles.” But there’s nothing new about supplementing your income with a second job. From Maryland’s exurbs to downtown D.C., people find ways to put their skills to work. Sometimes the side hustle even turns into a full-time […]

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It’s electric! DC Capital Bikeshare bikes to offer pedal assist

WASHINGTON — The District’s bright red fleet of Capital Bikeshare bikes will soon be joined by pedal-assist versions. D.C. Department of Transportation officials won’t comment publicly, but the social media account for the program has been dropping hints for months. And it became clear that electric bikes are coming in the updated user agreement sent […]

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Key to cleaning up Anacostia River? It could be mussel power

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 years ago, the open space along the Anacostia River was declared parkland by an Act of Congress. By 2032, D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment hopes to make the river clean enough to declare it “fishable and swimmable.” Part of that effort is being carried out by a native freshwater mussel […]

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