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Sophie Kaplan

Sophie Kaplan was a metro reporter for The Washington Times.

Articles by Sophie Kaplan

"The amendments I am circulating today will reverse a policy choice that I now regret — a new tax," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

D.C. Council cuts ad sales tax, $18 million from budget

The D.C. Council approved legislation that removes a proposed tax on advertising sales from the city's $16.7 billion budget on Thursday, two days after heated debate over the measure prompted lawmakers to postpone a final vote on the budget. Published July 23, 2020

Maryland's State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that Maryland's public schools will be closed another four weeks through April 24 in response to the new coronavirus during a news conference on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Maryland announces guardrails for schools

Maryland's state superintendent said Wednesday that schools can determine how to conduct instruction this fall, whether it's online or in-person, but they must follow guidelines set by the state. Published July 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, 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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  **FILE**

D.C. Council postpones vote on ad sales tax, budget

During what one lawmaker called a "dumpster fire of a legislative process," the D.C. Council on Tuesday debated an amendment to scale back a proposed 3% tax on advertising sales that would generate more than $18 million in the city's $16.7 billion budget. Published July 21, 2020

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak and the District's response, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Bowser delays decision about DCPS school year

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she is delaying her decision on how D.C. Public Schools will operate this fall, but added that an online-only option will be available for all students. Published July 16, 2020

The Montgomery County Thrift Shop in Bethesda joins a growing list of area stores and restaurants that have been unable to reopen now that the coronavirus shutdown orders are being lifted. (Photo by Jan Cary)

Coronavirus forces D.C. area stores, eateries to close for good

The Montgomery County Thrift Shop, which shutters for good at the end of the month, joins a growing number of local stores, restaurants and other businesses that are unable to reopen now that coronavirus shutdown orders have begun to be lifted. Published July 15, 2020

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)

Trade groups oppose proposed D.C. sales tax on advertising

Trade associations are opposing a new sales tax on advertising in the District, saying the 3% levy will only further hurt businesses already devastated by the economic recession created by the coronavirus pandemic. Published July 12, 2020

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, next to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham, calls on a reporter, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington, during a news conference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Daryle Bond arrested in Davon McNeal killing

D.C. police made arrests Thursday in two of the fatal shootings that happened over Independence Day weekend, including the killing of 11-year-old Davon McNeal. Published July 9, 2020

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday said the city is plagued by another epidemic besides the coronavirus after three people, including an 11-year-old boy, were fatally shot in the District over the Fourth of July weekend. (Associated Press)

Muriel Bowser, D.C. mayor, decries epidemic of youth killings

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday said the city is plagued by another epidemic besides the coronavirus — the "sense of hopelessness of kids with guns that will kill other kids" -- after three people, including an 11-year-old boy, were fatally shot in the District over the Fourth of July weekend. Published July 6, 2020

The Lincoln Memorial is reflected in the still waters of the reflecting pool on the National Mall in Washington before dawn, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Federal government, D.C. clash over July 4 events on National Mall

The D.C. government and the Trump administration are butting heads over events this weekend on the National Mall, with city leaders urging residents to stay home and federal officials encouraging people to congregate to celebrate Independence Day. Published July 2, 2020

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

NAACP headquarters to move from Baltimore to D.C.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday the District government will be seeking requests for proposals soon to develop the municipal building at 14th and U streets as the new headquarters for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Published June 30, 2020

In this Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, processed tobacco heads down the line at a tobacco company in Danville, Va.  (Matt Bell/Danville Register & Bee via AP)

New gun, tobacco laws go into effect in Virginia

A raft of new laws, including gun control and marijuana decriminalization, take effect Wednesday in Virginia — the work of the first Democrat-led legislature in more than two decades. Published June 29, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., left, speaks at a news conference on District of Columbia statehood on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md. will hold a vote on D.C. statehood on July 26. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

D.C. statehood bill passes in the House

The House on Friday passed a bill giving the District of Columbia statehood, the first time either chamber of Congress has passed any bill that would make the nation's capital a state. Published June 26, 2020