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Washington clothing designers want a fashion industry for the capital

by Mikaela Lefrak Jan 2, 2020
Small-scale designers and boutique owners in the nation’s capital are trying to build the city’s fashion industry from the ground up.
Stacey Price owns Shop Made in D.C., a local boutique that sells clothing, accessories and art by Washington designers.
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How public-private partnerships fund national landmarks

by Mikaela Lefrak Oct 3, 2019
The monuments on the National Mall in Washington D.C. memorialize the country’s wars and great leaders, and one might assume that the federal government pays for all of them. But they’re actually funded in large part by private citizens. Take…
Birds fly over The Washington Monument.
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At a Starbucks located near a college for the deaf, all the baristas know ASL

by Mikaela Lefrak Nov 29, 2018
Starbucks designed a store specifically for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Sign language interpretation major student Nikolas Carapellatti (L) signs with deaf Gallaudet University student Rebecca Witzofsky outside the first Starbucks café staffed by employees who are partially or fully deaf and capable of communicating in American Sign Language in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2018.
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Qatar, Uber, Exelon are fellow travelers in funding game night rides home on D.C. Metro

by Aaron Schrank May 24, 2018
The Washington Capitals are headed to the Stanley Cup finals and the team’s fans have sponsors to help them catch a ride home. Because Washington, D.C.’s metro system usually shuts down at 11:30 pm, some interesting public-private partnerships are evolving…

Why President Trump will keep lobbyists especially busy

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 26, 2017
In Washington, D.C., lobbyists are in a frenzy.
President Donald Trump signs two executive orders during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security with Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and other officials on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.
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The National Park Service's $11.5 billion repair bill

by Tim Fitzsimons Apr 3, 2015
Much of that money is needed to repair the National Mall in Washington.

The Corcoran Gallery is philanthropy's latest failure

by David Brancaccio Mar 14, 2014
Can we trust the rich to fund our nation's cultural assets?

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