Cuneyt Dil
6 hours ago - News

D.C. begins distributing KN95 masks to residents

Employees at a D.C. COVID-19 center provide guidance on vaccinations and testing.
Mayor Bowser last week at D.C.'s COVID-19 center in Ward 7. Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

D.C. is now distributing free KN95 masks at its new COVID-19 centers.

Why it matters: Even as cases decline sharply in D.C., officials said Thursday that they remain higher than during last winter's surge.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Jan 27, 2022 - News

D.C. conducts its annual homelessness count

Illustration of rows of tally marks
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

With temperatures plummeting into the teens, volunteers in D.C. headed out Wednesday night to survey how many people were sleeping on the streets as part of an annual effort to measure homelessness.

Why it matters: The federally required point-in-time count happens annually across the country and helps inform local policies on ending homelessness.

Cuneyt Dil
Jan 26, 2022 - News

Maryland drivers owe most in unpaid D.C. traffic camera fines

Data: DDOT. Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: DDOT. Chart: Axios Visuals

Maryland drivers owe the most in D.C. tickets from speed and traffic enforcement cameras, according to a new report.

By the numbers: Maryland drivers owed $13.5 million in unpaid tickets, from Oct. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Jan 26, 2022 - News

D.C. explores the future of accessible public space

Outdoor dining in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

As the pandemic stretches into a third year, disability advocates are exploring how to best use public space for accessible outdoor dining and social distancing.

Why it matters: Streateries and extended sidewalks are pandemic-driven pilot programs meant to allow people to safely dine and socially distance from others, but as the pandemic continues, these programs may take new and more permanent shapes.

Erin Doherty
Jan 24, 2022 - News

"We were really insulted": DCPS subs say pay increase is not enough

A demonstrator holds a sign that calls for more pay for substitute teachers in D.C.
Photo: Erin Doherty/Axios

Substitute teachers in the Washington, D.C. public school system protested on Monday a pay increase that Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week, calling it insufficient.

Why it matters: The dozen or so protesters said that the $2 hourly wage increase, which was intended to attract more substitute teachers, falls short, Axios’ Erin Doherty writes.

Paige Hopkins
Jan 24, 2022 - News

D.C. sees increase in car thefts

Illustration of hands reaching for one car
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Car thefts have been top of mind for Washingtonians in recent weeks, especially after D.C. Council candidate Nate Fleming was carjacked at gunpoint earlier this month.

The big picture: Cars have been a hot target for thieves during the pandemic as car prices have skyrocketed thanks to supply chain shortages.

Paige Hopkins
Jan 20, 2022 - News

Screen Time with figure skating star Ilia Malinin

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Ilia Malinin.
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Fairfax native Ilia Malinin is an internationally recognized figure skater.

The 17-year-old’s fan base was outraged when he didn’t land a spot on the U.S. Men’s Figure Skating Olympic team after placing second in the national championship earlier this month; he’ll be the team's first alternate instead.

  • We’ll have more on the high schooler’s skating career next month as the Winter Olympics get started, but for now we’re digging into his media habits with a new edition of Screen Time. 

WMATA general manager Paul Wiedefeld announces retirement

WMATA chief
Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post/Getty Images

WMATA general manager Paul Wiedefeld unexpectedly announced Tuesday that he will retire — after six years on the job and coming at a difficult moment for the agency as it tries to get sidelined 7000-series trains back on track.

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