Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards
Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards
2022-12-07 16:50:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban on beards. Firefighters argue the ban violates the freedom of religion of their Muslim and Jewish members. The District of... Read More

DC Considers Wide-Ranging Anti-Discrimination Data Law
2022-09-27 17:29:12
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Robert White heard nearly seven hours of wide-ranging testimony about the proposed Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act last week. The proposed law would prohibit a wide range of businesses across the district from using algorithms to... Read More

District of Columbia
DC Names Sports Celeb as City’s First Sustainability Ambassador
2022-09-06 14:46:38
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Heading into her second year with the Washington Spirit, the professional women’s soccer team in the nation's capital, Anna Heilferty expressed an interest in using her sports prowess to share her equal passion for sustainability. A new mayoral... Read More

Courts Waffle on Vaccine Mandates for Municipal Workers
2022-08-30 20:13:45
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — New York is keeping its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers for now while Washington, D.C., is losing its mandate because of recent judges’ decisions. The differing court rulings within days of each other add to confusion... Read More

New York, Washington Plead for Federal Help With Immigrants
2022-08-22 22:48:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Pleas for federal assistance from city officials are becoming more shrill as Texas continues busing thousands of illegal immigrants to New York City and Washington, D.C. The mayors of both cities say their resources for housing and feeding... Read More

Appeals Court Says Judicial Workers Can Engage in Political Activities
2022-08-17 20:01:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this week refused to allow a series of restrictions on the political activity of some judicial workers. The court’s ruling said the two workers who sued to block the restrictions... Read More

Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Arrest Alleged Serial Armed Carjackers
2022-08-03 20:24:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Two men arrested by U.S. Capitol Police officers Tuesday night are now facing felony charges for their alleged involvement in a series of armed carjackings throughout the D.C. metro area. According to the Capitol Police, one of its... Read More

DC Attorney General Loses Again in Antitrust Claims Against Amazon
2022-08-03 16:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s attorney general lost again Monday in an attempt to hold Amazon.com liable for alleged antitrust violations. Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed an anti-competition lawsuit last year that accused Amazon of unfair trade practices that included... Read More

District of Columbia
DC Mayor Could Deploy National Guard Under Defense Bill Approved by House
2022-07-22 20:12:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency under the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this month. The $840.2 billion bill would... Read More

Northern Section of GW Memorial Parkway to Undergo $161M Renovation
2022-07-19 23:03:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was among the officials who took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the $161 million renovation of the northern section of George Washington Memorial Parkway. The project is one of the largest infrastructure... Read More

The Choice in Virginia and DC: Stay the Course or Embrace Change
2022-06-18 16:47:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the 2021 gubernatorial contest has Republicans dreaming of pulling the state’s congressional delegation solidly back into the red column. This year the smart money says both Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who currently represents the... Read More

Civil Rights
DC Pride Is Back and Better Than Ever
2022-06-13 21:00:31
by Natalie McCormick

WASHINGTON — People flooded the streets in celebration of the Capital Pride Parade and Festival this weekend, which were held in person for the first time in two years due to the pandemic.  The theme of the Capital Pride events... Read More

DC Most Accessible Metro in DMV When It Comes to Charging Electric Vehicles
2022-05-12 17:48:44
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK —The District of Columbia is hands down the most accessible metro in the DMV when it comes to charging your electric vehicle, a new study by the financial comparison site Forbes Advisor has found. The study, based on... Read More

DC Council Tries to Protect Against Restrictive State Abortion Laws
2022-05-10 20:02:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A District of Columbia Council member wants to turn the nation’s capital into a sanctuary city for women seeking abortions who might be prosecuted or sued in their home states. A bill introduced last week by D.C. Councilmember... Read More

DC Tourism Saw Rebound Last Year, but Still Lags 2019 Levels
2022-05-04 17:25:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Approximately 18.8 million people visited the District of Columbia last year, contributing some $5.4 billion to the local economy, but the numbers, released Wednesday as part of the city’s annual Travel Rally at Union Market, still remain significantly... Read More

Political News
Lawmakers Request DC Mayor Be Given Control Over National Guard in NDAA
2022-04-12 19:59:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership asking for the District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act to be included in the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization... Read More

Law Enforcement
DC Police Officer’s Suicide Declared Line-of-Duty Death
2022-03-11 22:22:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The widow of a Washington Metropolitan Police officer won her struggle this week to have her husband’s suicide after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol declared a line-of-duty death. Officer Jeffrey Smith died nine days after... Read More

In The News
National Guard to Help DC Control Traffic for Truck Convoys

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to the nation’s capital as it prepares for trucker convoys that are planning protests against pandemic restrictions beginning next week. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved... Read More

Criminal Justice
Public Defender Service Sues Federal Prisons for Scoring System
2022-02-11 18:26:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a class action lawsuit that could alter how prisoners are handled nationwide. The Public Defender Service argues District of Columbia prisoners are being... Read More

At Long Last, Pierre L’Enfant, Designer of District of Columbia, to be Honored in Capitol
2022-02-07 20:04:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — After more than decade of squabbling, a bronze likeness of the French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the man who designed the original city plan for the nation’s capital in 1791, will finally take a place of honor in... Read More

Law Enforcement
Rising Crime Rates Prompt Calls for Stricter Enforcement
2022-02-01 18:45:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s mayor is casting doubt on whether the city’s attorney general is adequately protecting residents against crime in a dispute echoed nationwide amid a surge in violence. "When a violent crime happens in our city, we need... Read More

Congress’ Doctor Warns COVID Cases Are Surging
2022-01-04 20:52:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A warning Monday from the attending physician for Congress about skyrocketing COVID-19 cases is compelling lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff members to rethink their meeting schedules and masking guidelines. A letter Dr. Brian P. Monahan wrote to House... Read More

DC Mayor Announces Vaccine Mandate for Bars, Restaurants, Public Events
2021-12-23 19:35:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that the city will soon require those who want to patronize bars and restaurants or attend indoor gatherings to show proof of coronavirus vaccination to be admitted. During a weekly update on... Read More

District of Columbia to Rescind Mask Mandate Next Week
2021-11-16 17:23:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask mandate on Monday, Nov. 22. During a late morning press conference, the message from Bowser and other city officials was “we’re learning to live... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Holds DC Not Entitled to Vote in Congress
2021-10-04 20:22:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that denied District of Columbia residents a voting member in the House of Representatives. As is their custom, the justices did not explain the rationale behind their summary... Read More

DC Would Need to Plant 626K+ Trees Annually to Be Carbon Neutral
2021-09-09 14:09:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s capital would need to plant 626,557 trees annually to be a carbon neutral city, a new study finds. The analysis, by comparethemarket.com, pegs Washington, D.C.’s annual carbon emissions at 3,132,786 pounds. It then calculated the number... Read More

Ribbon Cut on District’s Biggest Modern Infrastructure Project
2021-09-07 16:44:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton were among the dignitaries who joined descendants of civil rights icon Frederick Douglass for the opening of the new bridge named in... Read More

Medical Groups Join Lawsuit to Support DC’s Vaccination Law for Children
2021-08-11 20:48:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A group of medical associations is speaking out to support the District of Columbia’s new law that allows children as young as 11 years old to request vaccinations from health care professionals without their parents' permission. The plaintiffs... Read More

District of Columbia
DC Mayor Says Executive Agency Employees Must Be Vaccinated
2021-08-10 20:17:15
by Dan McCue

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday gave all government employees whose agencies report to her office until Sept. 19 to be fully vaccinated, calling it a “job requirement.” According to the mayor’s office, roughly 36,700 people are employed... Read More

District of Columbia
DC Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate as Virus Cases Rise
2021-07-29 17:41:43
by TWN Staff

Face masks will once again be required indoors in the District of Columbia, a reversal of recent policy driven by new federal guidelines that recommend indoor masking in areas where transmission of the coronavirus is high. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced... Read More

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