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“I think we came together collectively and forced their hand to relax tonight,” Maryland resident Greg Jules said as the...
06/03/2020
D.C. Protests Remain Markedly Peaceful After Days Of Intense Clashes | WAMU

“I think we came together collectively and forced their hand to relax tonight,” Maryland resident Greg Jules said as the protest moved through U Street.

Protesters stayed out for hours past a 7 p.m. curfew, but the scenes of violent altercations with police seen on previous evenings didn't replay for a fifth night.

Advocates for inmates say they are cautiously optimistic that conditions at the jail could be improving. At the start of...
06/02/2020
Half The Inmates At D.C. Jail Have Been Tested For COVID-19, But Advocates Say More Needs To Be Done | WAMU

Advocates for inmates say they are cautiously optimistic that conditions at the jail could be improving. At the start of the pandemic, the facility came under scrutiny for not working more aggressively to curb the virus’s spread.

After a slow pace in the early weeks of the pandemic, testing has picked up at the D.C. Jail, with more than 300 inmates being tested on a single day in May.

After President Trump’s appearance at St. John’s Episcopal Church yesterday, some local Christians who hadn’t attended a...
06/02/2020
D.C. Christians to Donald Trump: 'God Is Not A Photo Opportunity'

After President Trump’s appearance at St. John’s Episcopal Church yesterday, some local Christians who hadn’t attended a rally yet said it brought them out.

Top leaders from D.C.'s Episcopal and Catholic dioceses denounced the president's recent appearances at religious sites.

President Donald Trump’s recent visits to two Christian sites in D.C. have galvanized the Christian community into joini...
06/02/2020
D.C. Christians to Donald Trump: 'God Is Not A Photo Opportunity'

President Donald Trump’s recent visits to two Christian sites in D.C. have galvanized the Christian community into joining the very protests the president seeks to quell.

Top leaders from D.C.'s Episcopal and Catholic dioceses denounced the president's recent appearances at religious sites.

If you're casting a ballot in D.C. today, you’ll have Frederick Douglass help you show off the fact that you did your ci...
06/02/2020
D.C.’s New 'I Voted' Stickers Feature Frederick Douglass | WAMU

If you're casting a ballot in D.C. today, you’ll have Frederick Douglass help you show off the fact that you did your civic duty.

The District's new Frederick Douglass stickers will be available alongside the existing stock of traditional stickers at polling places for the June 2020 primary and next November's general election.

Today is D.C.’s primary election. If you're heading to the polls, here's what you should know.
06/02/2020
DCision 2020: Your (Pandemic) Primary Voting Guide | DCist

Today is D.C.’s primary election. If you're heading to the polls, here's what you should know.

Officials are hoping voters will use mail-in ballots for the primary, which is happening June 2. The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is May 26.

Under a provision of D.C. law, the president can direct the mayor to provide access to services like the city’s police f...
06/02/2020
District Of Cops: Like It Or Not, The Feds Have Lots Of Control Over Police In D.C. | WAMU

Under a provision of D.C. law, the president can direct the mayor to provide access to services like the city’s police force during an emergency, but only for 48 hours before notifying Congress.

"The Insurrection Act remains the most likely and legally 'clean' method for introducing military units — whether active duty or National Guard — into the current unrest in order to reestablish order in a uniform manner."

The president said anyone who breaks the city’s curfew will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Meanwhile, p...
06/02/2020
Protesters In D.C. Met With Heavy Police Presence And Helicopters After Curfew | WAMU

The president said anyone who breaks the city’s curfew will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Meanwhile, protests near Lafayette Square turned chaotic shortly before 7 p.m.

This story will be updated with new developments throughout the night.

A helicopter flying near the Capital One Arena descended over protesters, coming low enough for its wind to rip branches from trees.

As the region rolls out phase one of reopening, some locals are experiencing fear and anxiety from isolation, stress at ...
06/01/2020
As D.C. Reopens, Some Locals Are Struggling With Pandemic Anxiety | WAMU

As the region rolls out phase one of reopening, some locals are experiencing fear and anxiety from isolation, stress at work and more during the pandemic.

As the region begins to reopen, locals are struggling with fear, anxiety, uncertainty and — on top of it all — isolation.

A number of false rumors about the protests in D.C. circulated on social media late Sunday and early Monday.We've been l...
06/01/2020
False Rumors And Doctored Images Went Viral During The D.C. Protests | WAMU

A number of false rumors about the protests in D.C. circulated on social media late Sunday and early Monday.

We've been looking into what's real and what's not.

Some of the rumors claimed that authorities shut down cell phone signals in order to cover up violent police reprisals, but reporters on the scene say that is not true.

Mayor Muriel Bowser is forcefully refuting President Donald Trump’s accusation that she declined to allow D.C. police of...
05/30/2020
Bowser Fires Back At Trump, Calling His Comments An 'Attack On Black America' | WAMU

Mayor Muriel Bowser is forcefully refuting President Donald Trump’s accusation that she declined to allow D.C. police officers to respond to intense protests outside the White House on Friday night over the death of George Floyd.

The president claimed that Mayor Muriel Bowser wouldn't let D.C. police get involved in intense protests outside the White House on Friday night over the death of George Floyd.

“Opening for the sake of opening doesn’t mean anything if people don’t feel comfortable coming,” says the general manage...
05/28/2020
As Local Restaurants Prepare To Open, Some Wonder Whether Customers Will Even Show Up | WAMU

“Opening for the sake of opening doesn’t mean anything if people don’t feel comfortable coming,” says the general manager of Kitty O’Shea’s in Tenleytown.

With businesses in the region partially opening tomorrow, some are questioning what turnout will look like.

Restaurants and eateries are allowed to open starting Friday. But while those that have chosen to reopen are rushing to prepare — some are questioning whether their efforts will be worth it.

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