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Ryan M. McDermott

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FILE - In this May 3, 2016 file photo, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld attends a National Transportation Safety Board meeting in Washington. Washington's beleaguered subway system will experience a year of rolling shutdowns and slowdowns as officials try to improve its safety and reliability. Wiedefeld announced the maintenance plan on Friday, May 6, 2016. He says doing track work at night and on the weekends when the system is closed simply doesn't provide enough time to catch up on maintenance. Instead, stations will be closed or trains will be sharing a single track in each direction for days or weeks at a time.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Paul Wiedefeld, Metro GM, fires 20 managers ahead of massive overhaul

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld fired 20 managers Friday and reduced the number of people who report directly to him in an effort to streamline the transit agency ahead of a yearlong overhaul of the subway system prompted by decades of lax safety management. Published May 20, 2016

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson testified on Capitol Hill in May before a House Oversight Government Operations subcommittee hearing on whether the District of Columbia government truly has the power to spend local tax dollars without approval by Congress. (Associated Press/File)

D.C. officials eye eminent domain in homeless shelter plan

D.C. lawmakers say they can use "quick take" eminent domain, if necessary, to acquire privately-held property and expedite construction of two homeless shelters under the city council's new plan to close the rundown facility at the former D.C. General Hospital by 2018. Published May 18, 2016

In addition to lowering costs, D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson said his revision would meet Mayor Muriel Bowser's schedule for closing the former D.C. General Hospital, which has been used as a temporary homeless shelter for more than a decade. (The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. Council moves to revise Mayor Muriel Bowser’s homeless proposal

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an overhaul of Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the dilapidated homeless shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital and build seven smaller facilities across the city to house its residents. Published May 17, 2016

Metro's general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, listens to a question during a news conference to announce that the DC Metrorail service will be shut down for a full day at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority headquarters, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Washington. Wiedefeld said the system would be shut down for an emergency inspection of the system’s third rail power cables. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Metro announces new overhaul plan

Metro will implement long-term single tracking, suspend service at some stations and close down the entire system at midnight seven days a week to overhaul the ailing subway over the next year. Published May 6, 2016

Police take Eulalio Tordil, 62, a suspect in three fatal shootings in the Washington, D.C., area into custody in Bethesda, Md., Friday, May 6, 2016. Tordil is an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal properties. He was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Montgomery County shootings: 2 dead, 2 hurt in separate incidents

Two were killed and two injured Friday in shootings at a Bethesda mall and a nearby shopping center, which authorities say could be connected to the fatal shooting of a woman by her estranged husband outside a high school the previous day. Published May 6, 2016

Police work at a crime scene after authorities say a man attacked a bus driver, stole the bus, then struck and killed a man after the bus jumped a curb at a gas station at the corner of Helen Burroughs Avenue and Minnesota Avenue in Northwest Washington, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Metro bus carjacked Tuesday morning in D.C.

A man attacked a bus driver, stole the bus, then struck and killed a pedestrian after the bus jumped a curb at a gas station in Northeast on Tuesday, police said. Published May 3, 2016