May 17, 2024 - News

Around the Beltway: 🚨 Crime survey

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🚨 Sixty-five percent of D.C. residents think city crime is an "extremely serious" or "very serious" problem, an increase from 56% in 2023, per a Washington Post-Schar School poll. Seventy percent feel "somewhat" safe in their neighborhoods, down from 77% last year, including 23% who feel "very safe" — lower than last year's 29%.

❌ The House of Representatives passed a bill that would restrict D.C.'s ability to change its sentencing laws, instead giving Congress sole authority. This comes as many House Republicans have claimed that D.C. is "soft" on crime. Meanwhile, D.C. officials expressed concern that the legislation would limit D.C.'s home rule and crime response. (Washington Post)

🚨 Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School went on lockdown yesterday after officials said a bomb threat was made against the school. It was later determined to be unfounded. (Fox 5 DC)

🏠 Tomorrow's Montgomery County house tour includes the hard-to-get-into Glenstone museum, The Old White House, and eight other prominent properties. Tickets are $41.75 online. (Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage)

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