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New bill first step in getting free WiFi for D.C.

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 03/03/16 7:53pm

At-large D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange took the first step this week in an attempt to bring free WiFi to all of D.C.Orange introduced the WiFi Task Force Act of 2016 on Tuesday during a legislative meeting. If passed, the bill would establish a task force that would research the best route to offer free WiFi throughout the city, “including the most efficient construction and operation of a municipality wireless network.” The bill is co-sponsored by Councilmembers David Grosso, LaRuby May ...

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Neighborhood leaders oppose expanding jurisdiction of campus police officers

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 02/12/16 6:48pm

Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (center) has proposed a bill addressing the city's special police officers (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). Neighborhood leaders are blasting a D.C. Council bill that would give college police departments in the District the authority to patrol outside campus bounds. Last Wednesday, the Spring Valley/Palisades Advisory Neighborhood Commission passed a resolution 6-1 opposing the bill. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced the Special Police Officer Enhanced ...

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D.C. residents required to clear sidewalks of snow — but not for this storm

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 01/23/16 1:24am

A snowy Tenleytown Friday evening (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). D.C. residents will be subject to new regulations this snow season, but not for this weekend’s snow storm. “We don’t expect to issue tickets during this snow event,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference Thursday morning.[Follow District Wire's snow storm live blog] A new law that went into effect this winter requires residents and businesses to shovel their sidewalks 8 hours after snow stops falling, or face fines. “Property ...

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Live blog: Post-Snowzilla; AU, federal government closed Tuesday

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/21/16 9:39pm

More details on AU's closing tomorrow Monday 10:15 PMFrom AU Alert:"Shuttle Services: AU Shuttle Bus will not operate. Dining: TDR will open at 9 a.m. All other food/dining facilities will open pending staffing.Bender Library is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.Bookstore is closed.Student Health Center is closed. Jacobs Fitness Center (Sports Center) is open from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Cassell Fitness Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Washington College of Law: ...

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Mayor Bowser announces new efforts to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 01/20/16 8:12pm

Forty-three percent of the city’s homeless youth are a part of the LGBTQ community, according to a recently released D.C. Homeless Youth Census.The census was conducted in August 2015 over a nine day period, and is part of of the city’s efforts to end homelessness in the District by 2020, according to a press release announcing the findings.In a continuing effort to combat this issue, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the expansion of Casa Ruby, a LGBTQ community center near Howard University, in ...

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Live blog: State of the Union

By Cuneyt Dil, Casey Wexler Last updated: 01/13/16 1:59am

Welcome to District Wire's live blog of President Obama's final State of the Union address. Cuneyt Dil and Casey Wexler here. Beginning shortly.  (function() { var lb24 = document.createElement('script'); lb24.type = 'text/javascript'; lb24.id = '24lbScript'; lb24.async = true; lb24.charset="utf-8"; lb24.src = '//v.24liveblog.com/embed/24.js?id=1314847'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(lb24);})();

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New poll shows Vincent Gray in lead for D.C. Council seats

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/12/16 3:24am

Vincent Gray (courtesy Gray 2014 campaign). If former mayor Vincent Gray runs for the D.C. Council this year, a new poll shows he has a strong shot at winning either the at-large or Ward 7 seats that are up for grabs. Thirty-two percent of Democratic primary voters citywide said they would vote for Gray, giving him a 12 percent lead over incumbent at-large Councilmember Vincent Orange. Further worrisome for Orange is that 4 in 10 residents responding in the same poll said they have an unfavorable ...

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Bourbon Coffee to open in Tenleytown this week

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/31/15 3:30am

A Bourbon Coffee store in Boston (Bourbon Coffee). Bourbon Coffee is set to open at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Tenleytown this week, the company told District Wire, next to the AU Greenberg Theatre and Sullivan’s Toys & Art Supplies. “The store is ready and we are just awaiting final inspections prior to opening,” the company’s operations manager, Ryan Barker, wrote in an email. The coffee joint will join Starbucks and Coffee Nature as the third coffee shop in the area. The company ...

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Mayor signs off on regulations for District’s police body-worn camera program

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/31/15 3:17am

Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by D.C. councilmembers and administration officials, signs the District's police body-worn camera program into law on Wednesday (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle).Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law what she called the “most comprehensive, innovative [police] body-worn camera program in America” on Wednesday. The regulations outlined in the law will govern the city’s program to equip 2,800 patrol officers with body-worn cameras by this summer. The first shipment of 700 ...

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Fast casual Beefsteak will replace Radioshack in Tenleytown

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/23/15 8:46pm

Chef José Andrés (Youtube screenshot) Tenleytown looks set to gain another restaurant, this time from popular D.C. chef José Andrés. Food site D.C. Eater reports that the vegetable-based, fast casual Beefsteak will open at 4531 Wisconsin Avenue NW, the former Radioshack store near the Tenleytown Metro. The restaurant, which is planning a March opening, joins a growing list of upcoming eateries in Tenleytown. District Taco will open at the corner of Brandywine Street and Wisconsin ...

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Chick-fil-A outdoor patio proposal in Tenleytown wins backing of ANC

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/16/15 1:29am

Rendering of the proposed storefront. The Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission unanimously voted to support Chick-fil-A’s public space application to open a restaurant in place of the vacant former Payless Shoesource store on Wisconsin Avenue last Thursday. The application, sent to the District Department of Transportation, asks to use public sidewalk space at 4505 Wisconsin Avenue NW to create outdoor seating for 24 people, similar to the accommodation offered at neighboring Starbucks ...

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Van Ness plan envisions vibrant and green Connecticut Avenue streetscape

By Ellie Hartleb Last updated: 11/20/15 11:35pm

The plan hopes to activate the space around the Van Ness Metro station (screenshot from plan). If recommendations from a new action plan come to fruition, Van Ness would swap its extra wide sidewalk space for greenery, a stormwater management system, local artwork and more retail and dining options. The D.C. Office of Planning released the 36-page “ Van Ness Commercial District Action Plan” on Nov. 12 in an effort to guide the neighborhood toward a more sustainable and family-friendly ...

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Paul Wiedefeld appointed new general manager of Metro, says he's against fare increases

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/19/15 11:17pm

  Paul Wiedefeld (WMATA). Over two weeks after Metro’s top pick for the position dropped out, the agency’s Board of Directors appointed a permanent general manager for the troubled transit agency Thursday morning, ending a nearly year-long search. Paul Wiedefeld, a former chief executive of Baltimore-Washington International Airport, will start Nov. 30 in the position. Metro has been without a permanent general manager since January, when former chief Richard Sarles ...

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How much do D.C. residents even know about the controversial FreshPAC?

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/19/15 11:03pm

(Bryan Park/The Eagle) Less than half of District residents know about Mayor Muriel Bowser’s now-shuttered political action committee, according to a new Washington Post poll. Despite extensive media coverage of the controversial FreshPAC, 53 percent of residents said they know “nothing at all” about the committee in the poll. After criticism from city lawmakers and Attorney General Karl Racine — who warned the PAC could mean the return of “pay-to-play politics” in D.C. ...

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Glover Park ANC supports renewing looser version of the area's liquor license moratorium

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/19/15 6:46pm

(Google Maps screenshot.) After taking comments for a month, the Glover Park Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted to support renewing the area’s liquor license moratorium last Thursday, but with modifications to allow new restaurants to gain licenses. The current moratorium prevents taverns, nightclubs and retail liquor stores from opening in Glover Park and caps the number of restaurants that can sell alcohol to 14. The moratorium was created in 1999 in order to deal with rowdiness, litter ...

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How D.C. aims to help school children who have incarcerated parents

By Sam Bradway Last updated: 11/19/15 4:32pm

Hearing on kids with incarcerated parents @cmdgrosso @LaRubyMay @DMEforDC Watch: https://t.co/878EbXwckC pic.twitter.com/82b8zZKKMg — Council of DC (@councilofdc) November 12, 2015 The effects of a prison sentence go far beyond the convicted. The one in 28 children with an incarcerated parent in the U.S. are at a greater risk of being suspended, expelled or going to prison themselves, according to a Rutgers University study. At a Nov. 12 D.C. Council education committee ...

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Crime is D.C.’s new top problem, poll finds

By Cuneyt Dil, Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/19/15 3:47am

Despite negative reviews for her handling of crime, Mayor Muriel Bowser (above) has a 58 percent approval rating (Bryan Park/The Eagle). A 59 percent rise in homicides this year has made crime the top issue on D.C. residents’ minds, according to a new Washington Post poll. Thirty-four percent of residents surveyed said crime and violence is the biggest problem facing the city today, ranking higher than housing costs, the economy and education. One in four residents said they feel ...

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DDOT taking comments on how they take comments for Circulator’s future

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/18/15 8:36pm

A year after the D.C. Department of Transportation released a ten-year expansion plan for the Circulator bus system, the proposed routes are open to public feedback.DDOT is seeking comment on everything from the routes and buses to even the proposed changes to their required policies under Title VI of the Civil Rights act of 1964. According to DDOT’s Senior Transportation Planner, Circe Torruellas, the push for public feedback on the Circulator buses is relatively new. In the past, when the Circular ...

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Petition circulates to block Chick-fil-A opening in Tenleytown

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/18/15 5:49pm

  (From online petition)Updated 1:05 p.m.  Weeks after news broke that Chick-fil-A is exploring a Tenleytown location, a new online petition is rallying residents to oppose the fast-food chain from opening. The Change.org petition, addressed to Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Anne Wallace, had 93 supporters as of 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. Opponents are worried kids from neighborhood schools will become junk-food eaters. “Do parents want their kids at nearby schools Janney, ...

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