I can’t believe that it has been over a month since I last posted about what I’ve been writing at the Washington Examiner. Here’s a summary…
I learned a lot about medical marijuana in D.C. ahead of the opening of the District’s first highly regulated medical marijuana dispensaries.
I visited the National Zoo to check out their Asian elephants’ fancy new digs.
I looked into a national civil engineers’ report that gave D.C. roads surprisingly low marks.
I interviewed college students about a solar-powered house they’ve been working on for over two years — and I got to visit the construction site in person.
Verizon is under scrutiny after a mass failure of their 911 infrastructure in a storm last summer. I wrote about a regional government group’s report on what happened.
The Examiner published an article I wrote early in my internship about the George Washington University’s ever-rising cost of attendance.
I spent two days with another reporter following on the “Snowquester” storm that turned out to be pretty weak — but still caused some headaches in D.C. (Two articles: the day before the storm and the day of the storm.)
I interviewed a lute and guitar player who performs a specific type of Jewish folk music, a local artist who uses an old-fashioned letterpress machine, and a man who organized a recent Frisbee tournament where players wear crazy costumes. I also met the world’s most articulate 8-year-old entrepreneur and asked a stand-up comedian where his jokes come from.
I wrote about some of the pressures on the foster care system in D.C., even as it seems to be making progress.
I also attended a hearing and wrote about the limitations of D.C.’s new ethics board.
I wrote about two missing person cases, in addition to normal crime reporting, blogging and features. (More crime blogging here, here, here, here and here. More features here and here.) Plus, I learned that criminals do not always think through their decisions very well.
As always, you can follow my writer page on the Examiner’s website to see my latest contributions.