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Cops: DC Jogger Killed in 'Random Attack'

Wendy Martinez got engaged last week

(Newser) - Police in Washington, DC, are hunting a man believed to have stabbed a woman to death in an apparently random attack. Police say 35-year-old Wendy Karina Martinez was jogging near her home in northwest DC around 8pm Tuesday night when she was fatally stabbed by a man in a mustard-colored... More »

Group Slams Trump's Character, Wants Liquor License Yanked

President doesn't pass character test required to hold license, group argues

(Newser) - A group calling President Trump a liar, fraudster, and racist say he shouldn't be allowed to serve booze at his hotel in Washington, DC. Two judges and five religious leaders are challenging the liquor license held by the Trump Hotel, as city law requires anyone selling wine, beer, or... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

Protesters Far Outnumber 'Unite the Right' Crowd in DC

Dozens of white nationalists encountered hundreds in counterprotest near White House

(Newser) - A contingent of about 30 white nationalists was seen marching down a Washington street toward the White House surrounded by a protective bubble of police officers and vehicles, per the AP . Hundreds of counterprotesters were walking alongside the group but keeping on the sidewalks, many of them shouting and taunting... More »

Snakes Put DC Library Out of Circulation

They were 4 days early for the reptile show

(Newser) - A DC Public Library branch was briefly closed upon the discovery of some uninvited guests: snakes. The Washington Post reports the Georgetown Library closed Saturday after staff noticed snakes near a meeting room. Another snake was found earlier that day and released outside. The library called pest control and closed... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Man's Cry of 'Stop Fingering Me, Bruh!' Leads to Lawsuit

ACLU alleges what happened to MB Cottingham was unconstitutional

(Newser) - It's been more than a decade (seriously) since the line "don't tase me, bro" became infamous. Now, an uncomfortable variation on that theme. The ACLU on Wednesday filed a suit against Metropolitan Police Department officer Sean Lojacono for what it claims was an "unconstitutional and exceedingly... More »

The 10 Best- and Worst-Run US Cities

In the top slot: Nampa, Idaho. Bringing up the rear: DC

(Newser) - Even before Tip O'Neill coined "all politics is local," urban leaders have tried to run their cities in ways that meet the most needs of the most constituents, all while staying on budget. WalletHub looks at the operating efficiency of 150 of the nation's biggest cities.... More »

NPS Gives OK for 'White Civil Rights' Rally in DC

Organizer Jason Kessler led the Charlottesville rally last year where Heather Heyer was killed

(Newser) - Police in Washington, DC, are going to be busy on Aug. 11 and 12: The National Park Service has given initial approval for Jason Kessler, organizer of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, to hold rallies to mark the anniversary of the Virginia event, WSET... More »

She Thought Everyone in DC Would Be 'So Nice.' Maybe Not?

Louise Linton, wife of Steven Mnuchin, tells 'Washingtonian' of adapting to 'mean girls' town

(Newser) - Louise Linton has been the subject of much interest since her arrival in DC, as evidenced by not just one profile on her, but now a second. The latest take on Steven Mnuchin's wife comes via the Washingtonian , and author Elaina Plott poses one big question: "Is DC... More »

'Rogue' Phone Spying Devices Detected in Washington

Homeland Security isn't sure who's operating them

(Newser) - For the first time, the US government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cell-site simulators by foreign powers... More »

Dozens of Teens Touring DC End Up Hospitalized

Illness (possibly food poisoning) seems to have originated in NYC

(Newser) - A spring break trip to the East Coast turned icky for a group of 48 teens and three adults Sunday night when the entire tour group was taken to hospitals in Washington, DC, with possible food poisoning. The group, which fire officials say may be from London, first started having... More »

He Got His Daughter Into a Top School. It Cost Him His Job

DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson broke the rules he wrote himself

(Newser) - "It wasn't a mistake out of anything other than trying to ensure that my daughter’s well-being was taken care of," says Antwan Wilson, but it's a mistake that has cost the DC Public Schools Chancellor his job, just one year and 19 days into his... More »

DC Bookstore Sells Out of Fire and Fury in 20 Minutes

'This is a DC moment'

(Newser) - “It’s like Harry Potter for adults,” someone said. The Washington Post reports that by 11:40pm Thursday—20 minutes before Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House went on sale at Kramerbooks in Washington DC—dozens of people were already lined up... More »

65% of DC Cameras Hacked Before Inauguration

Computers used to distribute ransomware; 2 Romanians charged

(Newser) - Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, ahead of President Trump's inauguration as part of an extortion scheme only now being made public, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint, filed in DC and unsealed Thursday, accuses Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru,... More »

Work Finally Begins on Huge Eisenhower Memorial

DC site will honor 34th president

(Newser) - After years of public controversy and debate, work is finally beginning Thursday on a massive memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower. A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the start of the project, which has been plagued for years by a bitter running fight over the memorial's design and aesthetics, the AP... More »

DC Battles a Wholly Unique Real Estate Phenomenon

The AP looks at why empty embassies can fester

(Newser) - The large building at the corner of 22nd and R streets in downtown Washington, DC, sticks out like a wart in the otherwise upscale neighborhood. Plywood covers the windows and sleeping bags and empty bottles litter the shuttered doorways. For a solid decade, neighbors and local political leaders complained bitterly... More »

Giant Nude Woman Could Grace US Capital

Festival wants to install 45-foot-tall statue on National Mall

(Newser) - It's entirely possible that tourists visiting the National Mall between November and March will be treated to views of the White House, the Washington Monument, and a 45-foot-tall, 16,000-pound naked woman. The Washington Post reports organizers of the third-annual Catharsis on the Mall festival are seeking permission to... More »

Steve Jobs' Widow Makes Big Move in Pro Sports World

Looks like Laurene Powell Jobs is buying major stake in Capitals, Wizards empire

(Newser) - There aren't many women who hold top ownership positions in the sports world's "Big Four" pro leagues, but the wife of the late Steve Jobs is about to up those numbers. Citing sources familiar with the deal, the Washington Post reports that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs... More »

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