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**FILE ** Passengers await a Red Line train at Metro's Metro Center station in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg) **FILE**

Metro riders to expect major delays on Red Line

The next phase of Metro's "SafeTrack" maintenance plan is expected to cause significant delays from Shady Grove to Glenmont -- and officials are telling passengers it's going to be a red hot mess. Published October 26, 2016

Andre Agassi found enthusiasm for education from second-grade students at Rocketship Rise Academy in the District's Ward 8. (Julia Porterfield/The Washington Times)

Andre Agassi's Rocketship Rise Academy thriving as charter schools take hold in D.C.

Twenty years ago, Andre Agassi was at the top of his game -- a highly ranked tennis pro with an Olympic gold medal by the age of 26. But students and teachers at the Rocketship Rise Academy in Ward 8 recognize Mr. Agassi as the man who founded their charter school, which joins 117 other publicly funded, privately operated education centers in the District. Published October 23, 2016

McDonald's has announced that appearances by mascot Ronald McDonald will be limited due to a spate of clown-related crime and pranks. (Associated Press)

Ronald McDonald keeping low profile as creepy clown craze intensifies

With Halloween just around the corner, school districts have banned clown outfits, police departments have begun cracking down on clownlike activities, professional jesters have reported a dip in their funny business, and some costume sellers have reported a spike in sales, while others have refused to offer clown gear. Published October 11, 2016

Employees were decked out in Luke's everyday uniform: flannel, a backwards baseball cap and an apron. (Julia Porterfield/The Washington Times)

'Gilmore Girls' fans queue up for show-themed coffee

For a few hours Wednesday, Alexandria's Grounded Coffee Shop traded in its hip, urban vibe for the laid-back, semirural charm of a small-town diner in a sleepy New England hamlet. And its customers lined up around the block. Published October 5, 2016

A sharp-toothed clown at Six Flags America's Fright Fest in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Creepy clown sightings in 10 states giving police departments problems

Creepy clown sightings in more than 10 states have been giving police departments fits as they investigate recent reports of costumed cutups lurking near apartment buildings, standing on street corners or driving around in groups trying to lure children. Published September 28, 2016

A statue depicts civil rights pioneer Clara Brown, who was born a slave in Virginia around 1800. She was freed when her owner died in 1856 and traveled to Colorado, where she established a successful laundry business. (Associated Press)

Rich complexity of black experience finds home on Mall

Historian, professor at George Mason University and the first black director of the National Museum of American History -- those are among the titles Spencer Crew has acquired over a long and varied career. Published September 22, 2016

Starting Sept. 18, the DC Streetcar will run seven days a week with the addition of Sunday service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The project, which cost more than $200 million, has been touted as a stimulus for economic growth, but business owners and community members often criticize the service for causing a wide range of traffic issues. (Julia Porterfield/The Washington TImes)

DC Streetcar to start service on Sundays

Starting Sept. 18, the streetcar will run seven days a week with the addition of Sunday service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The streetcar currently runs from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. Published September 8, 2016