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Ryan M. McDermott

Articles by Ryan M. McDermott

D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, said privatization of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act would drastically cut costs.
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House GOP rebuffs request for funding to fix ailing Metro

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans asked Congress Wednesday to step up funding to help fix the ailing transit system, but was quickly rebuffed by Republican lawmakers who said they wouldn't fund the project on the backs of federal taxpayers. Published April 13, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser pushes $15 minimum wage

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to introduce legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour despite cries that it would unduly burden city businesses and make the District less attractive to companies seeking to set up shop. Published April 11, 2016

D.C. Council alters rules to allow Bernie Sanders on primary ballot

Sen. Bernard Sanders is back on the District of Columbia's Democratic primary ballot, as the D.C. Council moved to clean up the mess made when the city's Democratic Party failed to certify the presidential candidate by the deadline, putting him in jeopardy of being shut out. Published April 5, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

D.C. Council moves to permanently ban pot use in private clubs

In the latest twist in the District's struggles over legal marijuana, the D.C. Council Tuesday moved to permanently ban pot clubs in the city, just two months after the body approved a task force to study the issue. Published April 5, 2016

Demonstrators protest to legalize marijuana outside of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, April 2, 2016. During the event they demanded Obama use his authority to stop marijuana arrests and pardon offenders. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Firm offers 'free' pot to D.C. customers who buy its juice

An Oakland-based company has started selling cold-pressed juice to thirsty Washingtonians -- with a side of free marijuana. It's the latest example of a deep contradiction at the heart of pot policy in the nation's capital, where growing, lighting up and even giving away marijuana are all now permitted but where legalized sales are not. Published April 4, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser takes her seat before federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is introduced as President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Kenyan McDuffie: Muriel Bowser's $13.5B budget shorts schools

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged more than $1 billion for school modernization in her fiscal 2017 budget proposal, but in the city council's first public review of the mayor's $13.5 billion financial blueprint, at least one member on Monday said his ward got shorted in the deal. Published April 4, 2016

Demonstrators carry a 51-foot inflatable joint as they march for the legalization of marijuana outside of the White House on Saturday, where they demanded President Obama stop marijuana arrests and pardon offenders. (Associated Press)

Marijuana activists see D.C. win as opportunity for dialogue

The local activists who helped legalize marijuana possession in the District were on the trail of bigger game Saturday, lighting up in front of the White House to protest the way federal laws classify the drug. Published April 3, 2016

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Population D.C. children growing, moving west of the Anacostia

Call it the gentrification generation: Census statistics show that the number of children in the District is increasing, but the greatest concentration of children has moved from east of the Anacostia River to neighborhoods dominated by young professionals, such as Petworth. Published March 31, 2016

Population D.C. chilren moving west of the Anacostia

Call it the gentrification generation: Census statistics show that the number of children in the District is increasing, but the greatest concentration of children has moved from east of the Anacostia River to neighborhoods dominated by young professionals, such as Petworth. Published March 31, 2016

(Associated Press/File)

Teen charged in shooting death of boy at Metro station

A Southeast teenager has been charged as an adult in Saturday's fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy at the Deanwood Metro station, a slaying that occurred over "nothing," police said. Published March 29, 2016

Children with their families enjoy a brisk spring day at the National Zoo on Monday, taking in views of exotic animals and taking part in traditional holiday activities.

National Zoo's Easter egg hunt a 'pseudo-holiday'

Emory Green, 8, lies buried in a pile of hay at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, his arms thrashing around in search of an Easter egg that will garner him a treasured reward. Published March 28, 2016