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Ryan M. McDermott

Articles by Ryan M. McDermott

Streets were plowed but sidewalks were covered, forcing pedestrians into streets, after a mammoth blizzard hit the District of Columbia last month. (Associated Press)

D.C. blizzard plows through snow removal budget

The District faces a preliminary $55.3 million snow removal tab from last month's blizzard, but the federal government, which declared a state of emergency for the storm, likely will cover some of those costs, city officials said Thursday. Published February 18, 2016

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and fire officials displayed newly purchased heavy equipment in a parking lot outside Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the District. The trucks and ambulances are expected to bolster a fire department fleet that has fallen into disrepair in recent years (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. emergency units hampered by faulty data devices

Technology meant to speed up D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services response times frequently breaks, leaving emergency workers to get all their information over radios, according to a 32-year veteran of the city fire department. Published February 17, 2016

For the Lincoln Memorial, the National Park Service has deferred about $20 million in maintenance. In fiscal 2015, Congress' allocated maintenance budget for the landmark was $490,000. (Ryan McDermott/The Washington Times)

Lincoln Memorial to be renovated

After 94 years of solemnly watching over the National Mall, Abraham Lincoln is going to get a face-lift. Published February 15, 2016

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

Muriel Bowser, D.C. mayor, outlines workforce-training plan

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Friday a new plan to expand job-training services and better align the programs with the needs of city businesses, just a few months after the U.S. Labor Department rated the District a "high-risk" partner in training programs. Published February 12, 2016

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
(Associated Press)

Judge rules D.C. AG can intervene in minimum-wage case

A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine can intervene in a case that will determine whether the District's Board of Elections was properly constituted when it approved a minimum-wage ballot measure for the general election this autumn. Published February 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmember Tommy Wells speak to the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conforming to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the District’s gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Paid family leave supporters fill hearing room at D.C. Council

More than 150 people packed themselves into a D.C. Council hearing Thursday night to voice support for a bill that would provide city workers with 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, saying they would be forced to choose between their jobs and their families' health without the legislation. Published February 11, 2016

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

Muriel Bowser’s support of 12 weeks of paid leave in question

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday that she doesn't know if she can back a pared-down proposal to provide 12 weeks of paid medical and family leave to city workers, a policy that would be the country's most generous. Published February 9, 2016

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

Nomination exposes D.C. election board issues

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser nominated Monday corporate lawyer David Michael Bennett to head the Board of Elections, which is embroiled in a court battle over whether its members had overstayed their terms when they approved a November ballot measure to raise the minimum wage. Published February 8, 2016