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Sophie Kaplan

Sophie Kaplan

Sophie Kaplan is a metro reporter for The Washington Times covering D.C. government as well as Maryland and Virginia government. She previously reported for PolitiFact, MediaFile, USA Today and The Hanover Evening Sun. Contact her at [email protected].

Articles by Sophie Kaplan

In this March 11, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel is seen in Washington. District of Columbia Attorney General is suing President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and two companies that control the Trump International Hotel in D.C., accusing the groups of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit Trump's family.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

D.C. sues Trump inaugural committee, alleging abuse of funds

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against President Trump's inaugural committee, accusing it of violating its tax-exempt status as a nonprofit by overpaying for event space at the Trump International Hotel. Published January 22, 2020

Lamont Carey (right), acting director of the Mayor's Office of Returning Citizens Affairs, discusses barriers to housing and employment for former inmates with WPFW radio host Roach Brown on Tuesday. (Sophie Kaplan/The Washington Times)

D.C. official challenges former inmates to achieve their dreams

As the acting director of the Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs since October, Mr. Carey wants to do more than just help former inmates find jobs and housing upon their release. He wants to help them achieve their dreams. Published January 15, 2020

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ACLU sues police department for sexually abusive search

The American Civil Liberties Union of D.C. filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department officer for the "unconstitutional and exceedingly invasive bodily search," of a District resident, according to a press release. Published January 13, 2020

 In this Sept. 16, 2019 file photo Flavored vaping solutions are shown in a window display at a vape and smoke shop in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)  **FILE**

D.C. Council hears concerns over e-cigarette access

D.C. lawmakers held a public hearing Thursday on legislation that would require a prescription to purchase of any electronic smoking device or liquid, and would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and the sale of vaping devices within a quarter mile of middle or high school. Published January 2, 2020

Newseum staffers change the display of the front pages of newspapers from around the world for the last time before the museum closes for its final day on Tuesday. Officials announced last year that the building would be sold to Johns Hopkins University. (Sophie Kaplan/The Washington Times)

Newseum closes doors for last time

It's the start of a new year and new decade -- but the end of an era for the Newseum, which closed its doors for the last time Tuesday. Published December 31, 2019

Fireworks explode over the National Mall during the Independence Day celebrations in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2019, after President Donald Trump's "Salute to America'"remarks at the Lincoln Memorial. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

First Night events offer family fun on New Year's Eve in Virginia

Barb Cram believes that families spending time together is important but rare, especially as the year ends. That's why she has organized the family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration known as Night Watch Falls Church for the last 13 years. Published December 30, 2019

Michael Harris charges his electronic devices at the Northwest One Neighborhood Library. The 58-year-old man, who has been homeless for nearly two decades, has finally secured a voucher for housing and now has plans to become a homeless advocate. He also wants to restart his construction business and reconnect with his family. (Sophie Kaplan/The Washington Times)

Formerly homeless, D.C. man to become community advocate

Michael Harris has many dreams to pursue in the new decade -- restart his construction business, reconnect with his five kids, launch an inspirational Youtube channel -- and it all soon may become a reality because he has secured a housing voucher. Published December 23, 2019

D.C. Council member David Grosso, at-large independent (The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. Council weighs abortion anti-discrimination bill

The D.C. Council held a hearing Thursday on legislation that would bar employers from discriminating against job seekers who have performed abortions and protect patients seeking abortions from government interference. Published December 19, 2019

A nurse points out the image of a three-month-old fetus during a sonogram scan for "Nancy" Yin (Associated Press). **FILE**

D.C. Council seeks to lower maternal mortality rate in District

Lawmakers on Wednesday discussed two bills that aim to reduce the District's maternal mortality rate by creating training opportunities for community based perinatal health workers and requiring insurance companies to cover postpartum health care visits, among other services. Published December 18, 2019