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PETER NOUHAN/FACEBOOK | High school volunteers from SEED Tax Prep Ambassadors have assisted over 70 people in filing their taxes since the program's start.

GU Grad Student Founds Program to Provide Free Tax Assistance

Peter Nouhan (GRD ’19) started a new program that trains high school students for free to file taxes on behalf of low-income individuals in Washington, D.C., primarily within Ward 7. Nouhan founded SEED Tax Prep Ambassadors after receiving the 2018 Baker Innovation Grant, a $20,000 grant to fund social and[Read More…]

by March 29, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
MONO DINER/FACEBOOK | The Mono Diner, which seeks to recreate the atmosphere of Hollywood, opened on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown on March 4.

Late-Night Diner Opens on Wisconsin Avenue

Mono Diner, located on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown, unofficially opened March 4 following multiple cases of property mishandling, lawsuits and corporate conflicts over the past few decades involving its owner Mohammad Esfahani. The diner, which aims to recreate the atmosphere of the golden age of Hollywood, remains open from[Read More…]

by March 28, 2019 1 comment City News, News, News - Top
BRANDON TODD/FACEBOOK Washington, D.C. Councilmember Brandon Todd is the second councilmember to face accusations of misusing a government email to improperly exert influence.

2nd DC Councilmember Accused of Ethics Violation

Washington, D.C. Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) was fined $4,000 by the Office of Campaign Finance March 18 after he improperly used government resources in an attempt to influence the D.C. State Board of Education election last year. A number of Ward 4 constituents received a Nov. 30 campaign email[Read More…]

by March 28, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
MARYLAND SENATE DEMOCRATS/FACEBOOK | The Maryland General Assembly is set to consider a bill urging Congress to support Washington, D.C. statehood.

Maryland to Consider Supporting DC Statehood

A Maryland House of Representatives Joint Resolution urging Congress to grant Washington, D.C. official statehood is under consideration for the Maryland General Assembly, contributing to both regional and national pushes for D.C. to become the 51st state. The bill was first heard Feb. 25 but did not receive enough votes[Read More…]

by March 28, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
Bowser Promises to Extend Free Circulator Bus Rides Indefinitely

Bowser Promises to Extend Free Circulator Bus Rides Indefinitely

The D.C. Circulator Bus, which provides transportation across six different routes in the District and Rosslyn, Va., will continue to provide service to riders free of charge indefinitely, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced during the State of the District address Monday. The Circulator began operating for free Feb.[Read More…]

by March 22, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
DC Employee Pleads Guilty to Bribery

DC Employee Pleads Guilty to Bribery

A former Washington, D.C., employee pled guilty to federal bribery charges for distributing $1.4 million in food stamp and temporary assistance benefits to individuals in exchange for $380,000 and sexual favors. Demetrius McMillan pled guilty March 14 following a yearlong investigation into federal fraud charges. McMillan had worked at the[Read More…]

by March 22, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
SENATOR CORY MCCRAY/FACEBOOK | A bill set to increase the  hourly minimum wage in Maryland to $12.50 by 2022 and $15 by 2025 passed the MD House of Delegates and Senate this week.

Bill to Increase Maryland Minimum Wage Awaits Approval

A bill raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 passed the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate this week and awaits the approval of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The proposed legislation intends to raise the minimum wage initially to $12.50 from the current $10.10 by 2022,[Read More…]

by March 21, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA | A proposal that would offer Metro riders an increased number of trains and extended service on the Red and Yellow lines gained initial approval March 14.

Metro Aims to Boost Ridership Through Increased Service

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to double the number of trains at approximately 12 stations to increase service amid historical lows in Metro ridership. There will be no fare increases or service cuts in other areas despite these extended service proposals. The proposal is part of a preliminary[Read More…]

by March 21, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
CRYSTAL CITY | Amazon is set to establish a second headquarters in Crystal City after cancelling its plans to split a second headquarters between Crystal City and New York because of opposition from local leaders in New York.

Arlington County Approves $23 Million in Incentives for Amazon

Amazon is set to receive $23 million in incentives after a unanimous vote by the Arlington County Board on March 16. Amazon’s second headquarters will occupy over six million square feet of office space in Northern Virginia through 2035 in exchange for the approved local and state subsidies, according to[Read More…]

by March 20, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
ELEANOR NORTON/FACEBOOK | Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton proposed a bill in the House of Representatives endorsing statehood for the District of Columbia.

DC Statehood Endorsement Passes House Along Party Lines

The House of Representatives passed its first-ever endorsement of Washington, D.C. statehood in H.R. 1 with a 234 to 193 vote March 8. Although campaign finances, voting rights and anti-corruption were the primary focuses of the bill, known as the For the People Act, an endorsement for D.C. statehood was[Read More…]

by March 15, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top