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National Park Service gets help with trash pickup during government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Trash has been building up this week around the nation’s capital because of the partial government shutdown. But things are improving due to outside groups that have stepped in and picked up the slack while scores of National Park Service employees, who are in charge of maintaining NPS grounds, remain furloughed. “We have […]

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Supporters calling for ‘Jamal Khashoggi Way’ will have to wait

WASHINGTON — An effort to rename a portion of the street outside the Saudi Embassy “Jamal Khashoggi Way” has been put on hold after D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson decided not to consider the measure. Mendelson cited a law that prevents public spaces from being named in honor of any person who is alive or […]

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‘Jamal Khashoggi Way’ near Saudi Embassy in DC gets ANC backing

WASHINGTON — A group in the District is sending an international message related to the murder of journalist and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. During a meeting Wednesday, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, which represents the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods, voted to rename a section of street outside the Saudi Embassy “Jamal Khashoggi Way.” The […]

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DC group delivers more than 8,000 lbs. of turkey to help feed sick adults and kids

WASHINGTON — In a building on Riggs Road in Northeast Washington, hundreds of volunteers have been working day and night to prepare massive quantities of Thanksgiving food and get it out the door. The nonprofit organization Food & Friends prepared and delivered 3,500 Thanksgiving meals to sick adults and children in the D.C. region on […]

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DC group delivers more than 8,000 pounds of turkey to help feed sick adults and kids

WASHINGTON — In a building on Riggs Road in Northeast Washington, hundreds of volunteers have been working day and night to prepare massive quantities of Thanksgiving food and get it out the door. The nonprofit organization Food & Friends prepared and delivered 3,500 Thanksgiving meals to sick adults and children in the D.C. region on […]

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Pr. George’s Co. officer accused of paying prostitute for sex in cruiser

WASHINGTON — Two local police officers are caught up in a misconduct investigation involving a prostitute in the District. The investigation started Saturday after an officer with the police department in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was accused of paying a prostitute for sex in Northeast D.C., according to NBC Washington. The officer was off-duty at […]

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Ahead of key vote, DC lawmaker ‘very confident’ voting age will be lowered to 16

WASHINGTON — One day before the full D.C. Council considers lowering the city’s voting age from 18 to 16, the main lawmaker behind the effort is expressing strong optimism that his bill will soon be law. “I feel very confident heading into tomorrow,” said council member Charles Allen, who represents Ward 6. Allen needs at […]

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Pot sales may be legalized in DC now that Democrats have the House

WASHINGTON — Now that Democrats control the House of Representatives, D.C. could have the ability to change its marijuana laws, potentially allowing for legal pot sales in the District. During a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said it was something she would push for in early 2019. “We will prepare a tax-and-regulate scheme to […]

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DC blackmail bill focuses on ‘sextortion’

WASHINGTON — A bill that would expand the crime of extortion is moving forward in the D.C. Council after passing unanimously through a committee Thursday. The next step is for the full council to consider the measure that addresses sexual blackmail, known as “sextortion.” Sextortion is when someone obtains a sexual image or video of […]

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Proposal would put McCain’s name on Russell Senate building

WASHINGTON — The late Sen. John McCain’s name could soon be a fixture on Capitol Hill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said over the weekend he plans to introduce a Senate resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building along Constitution Avenue for McCain. “The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places […]

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DC PARCC education tests reveal progress, lingering achievement gap

WASHINGTON — New test scores released this week show a lingering achievement gap among D.C. public school students, but they also reveal steady, encouraging growth. According to the PARCC assessments, tests that measure whether students are on track to be ready for college and careers, scores were up across almost all grades and subjects in […]

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DC Council threatened with political backlash if they repeal Initiative 77

WASHINGTON — Advocates who pushed for the raise of the tipped minimum wage in the District are promising political consequences for council members if they repeal Initiative 77. The ballot initiative, passed by voters last month, would directly affect the paychecks of tipped workers, such as food servers and bartenders. Last week, a majority of the […]

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