Local News from WAMU 88.5

Friday, July 3, 2015

Clips: Where WAMU's Velvety-Voiced Talk-Show Host Gets His Shave-And-A-Haircut

As we continue our exploration of D.C.'s barber shop, we visit Kojo Nnamdi's longtime haunt in Park View.

How Gordonsville, Virginia, Became The 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World'

After the Civil War, a group of black women in Gordonsville, Va. supported themselves by peddling fried chicken to train passengers passing through their town.

Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's Literature

Author Mary Amato shares what it's like to pen prose for the younger set.

'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe

When is a shipping container not just a shipping container? When it's also a public art project designed to spark conversations among people around the world.

Montgomery County Looks To Crack Down On Predatory Tow Trucks

Tow truck scammers, beware: Montgomery County is looking to crack down on you.

Endangered Port Royal, Virginia, Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin

In colonial times, Port Royal, Va. was a thriving port town. Now, it's fighting for its very survival.

D.C. Charter School Uses Tough Love To Erase Achievement Gap

If you set the bar high, can you erase the achievement gap in American schools? We'll talk with the first graduates of a D.C. charter school that's trying to do just that.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

After Massive Response At Navy Yard, Police Say No Evidence Of A Shooter Found

Authorities received an alert about a potential shooter, which triggered a large response in keeping with protocols established after the 2013 massacre at the facility, officials said.

No Evidence Of Shooting At Navy Yard, Officials Say

The facility in Southeast D.C. was locked down Thursday morning after reports of shots fired, but officials later said there was no evidence of a shooting, no one had been arrested, and no weapons had been found.

Wheelchair-Accessibility Deadline For Taxis Prompts Threat, Confusion

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is ordering 21 companies to cease all operations by July 15 for failing to meet a deadline to convert at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But some companies on that list say they weren't required to meet the standard.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lawsuit Raises Questions About Animal Dung In Chesapeake Bay

How much animal dung belongs in the Chesapeake Bay? Is the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality doing enough to keep it out? Those questions are at the heart of a lawsuit that a judge in Richmond will hear Thursday.

How Could Avian Flu Affect People? Scientists Are Looking Into It

In Virginia, a group of scientists from around the world are trying to figure out how new strains of avian flu could impact humans by looking at the virus in a new way.

D.C. Auditor Says School Modernizations Plagued By Cost Overruns, Delays

A new report from the D.C. Auditor says that a billion-dollar effort to renovate public schools suffered from cost overruns, project delays and a lack of transparency.

Business Groups Try To Head Off Vote On $15 Minimum Wage In D.C.

Business groups on Wednesday mounted an effort to derail a nascent ballot initiative that would push the District's minimum wage up to $15, saying that the proposal would be disastrous for the city's economy and should not be decided by the electorate.

'The People's Fireworks' Leave Some D.C. Residents Fired Up

A lot of District residents assume that the sound of cheap rockets and firecrackers comes with the territory on the Fourth of July, but some say that the annual tradition — which is largely illegal — has gotten out of hand.