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Staff Writer — Washington Post
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I write stories about how people live and work in the D.C. region for The Post's Transportation and Development Team.

D.C. Council okays bill to legalize Lyft, Sidecar, uberX-type services in the District

washingtonpost.com — Lyft, Sidecar, uberX and similar services are now closer to being legal in the District. The D.C. Council voted to approve new rules governing these services, which will require certain levels of insurance coverage and background checks for drivers who work with the companies.

D.C. taxi drivers plan downtown protest Tuesday morning

washingtonpost.com — If you're planning on driving anywhere in downtown D.C. mid-morning Tuesday, be prepared for possible delays. In advance of Tuesday's scheduled D.C. Council vote on legislation that will allow app-based services such at uberX, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in the District, the city's cab drivers will be staging another protest.

A hated Virginia road summed up in 7 or fewer characters: ‘I66BLOZ’

washingtonpost.com — Kristan Barnes was sitting in traffic recently on Interstate 66, just before Exit 57B (Route 50/Lee Jackson Memorial Highway). The day was gray, and traffic, as usual, was at a standstill. And then the Fairfax receptionist spotted the Virginia license plate on a sporty red coupe and burst into laughter.

You can name a Silver Line station

washingtonpost.com — What's in a name? Oh, so, so much. As the folks at Greater Greater Washington point out in this recent blog post about Loudoun County's effort to solicit nominations for what to name the two new Silver Line Metro stations that will connect the county to the larger Metrorail system, a station's name can set the tone and establish or even change the identity of a neighborhood.

Audit faults handling of search for missing elderly woman found dead near National Airport

washingtonpost.com — U.S. Park Police mishandled communications in the search for an elderly Gaithersburg woman who went missing after landing at Reagan National Airport last year and later was found dead, less than a mile from the airport, an inspector general's report found.

An additional 3 million vehicles may have defective airbags, NHTSA says

washingtonpost.com — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week that three million additional vehicles may need urgent repairs to prevent drivers and passengers from being injured because of defective airbags. The now 7.8 million vehicles that are part of the recall have airbags manufactured by Takata.

NerdWallet crunches the number: owning a car vs. Uber, Lyft

washingtonpost.com — The folks at NerdWallet, a San Francisco-based company aimed at helping consumers make better financial decisions - whether it be what credit card to get or how to shop for a mortgage - have turned their attention to the world of ride-sharing and its promise of savings.

Demand crashes air bag recall Web site safercar.gov

washingtonpost.com — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's announcement on Monday that more than 4.7 million vehicles may be part of an urgent recall because of defective air bags has drawn so much interest that it crashed the Web site where people can go and check to see if their car is affected.

Taxi driver’s license temporarily suspended in connection with road-rage allegations

washingtonpost.com — A D.C. taxi driver has had his license to drive a cab in the District temporarily suspended following an incident in which he was arrested for allegedly carrying an unlicensed firearm and making threats to a private citizen in another vehicle, officials with the D.C. Taxicab Commission announced Friday.

- The Washington Post

washingtonpost.com — Come Thursday, travelers arriving at Dulles International Airport from three West African nations hit hard by the Ebola virus will be met by Customs and Border Protection agents who will whisk them away to special screening rooms. There, they will be evaluated for signs of illness, questioned about their travel and asked whether they've had contact with anyone with Ebola or anyone exposed to the virus.
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Oct 30, 2014

Must-read: Midnight in North Carolina w/World Series star Madison #Bumgarner's father. (HT: @scfehr1) nytimes.com/2014/10/31/spo…

Oct 30, 2014

From the campaign trail: An exaggerated claim concerning savings on #SilverLine construction. wapo.st/1tlUZjz

Oct 30, 2014

Va./Md. transportation officials warn of potentially defective guardrails that could impale cars that hit them. wapo.st/1tkGaPS

Oct 29, 2014

Finally, some good news in Liberia: WHO says rate of new cases appears to be slowing down - wapo.st/1tDVoiR

Oct 29, 2014

She rocks! MT @edatpost: So psyched that fellow @AmericanU alum @VStMartin has been hired full-time as a @postlocal reporter. Welcome!

Oct 29, 2014

RT @washingtonpost: Tim Hudson will be the oldest pitcher to ever start Game 7 of the World Series wapo.st/1nQzYhP

Oct 29, 2014

David Plouffe,on passage of #Uber, #Lyft, legislation in DC -- now #Uber's got "Uber-mentum .."

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