Latest from Theresa Vargas

An unhoused woman flipped off D.C.’s mayor. Then came more criticism of the city’s actions to get people off the streets.

After a construction vehicle lifted a tent with a man it, people called on the city to halt a program aimed at clearing encampments.
  • Oct 13, 2021

While working to restore two historic Black cemeteries, she discovered a construction crew digging on burial grounds

The discovery, near two Georgetown cemeteries, left Lisa Fager asking, “What have they disturbed? Who have they disturbed?”
  • Oct 9, 2021

Children should be able to walk and bike to school safely. But, in D.C., four have been hit in crosswalks in less than four weeks.

The latest incident was caught on video, prompting horror, outrage and calls for the city to do more to protect children.
  • Oct 6, 2021

A Virginia filmmaker entered the deadly Darién Gap to capture what Black migrants face. He almost didn’t make it out.

Nathaniel Dennison, at one point, drank from the river and then realized the water flowed around a dead body. But that wasn’t his worst moment.
  • Oct 2, 2021

A child on a bike was struck in a D.C. crosswalk — again

The 4-year-old, unlike 5-year-old Allison Hart, survived, placing him among a group of bicyclists and pedestrians whose injuries often go unseen, uncounted.
  • Sep 29, 2021

During a pandemic that calls for distancing, students are still clustering for school safety drills. Should they?

Children too young for the vaccine are being given conflicting messages: Don’t get too close to your friends but also huddle when told, so you know what to do if a gunman starts shooting.
  • Sep 25, 2021

The inspiring math of kindness: How one woman turned a 2-day yard sale into a year’s worth of kindness

Most of those acts took place in the Washington region and came as surprises to people who had specific needs and people who were simply having a hard day.
  • Sep 22, 2021

A 5-year-old was killed while riding her bike. A video taken the next day has, rightfully, left people furious.

A roadside memorial for Allison Hart was still forming when a car drove recklessly through the D.C. intersection.
  • Sep 18, 2021

Not only lives are lost to gun violence. So, too, are ‘teenage dreams.’

A D.C. college student and other school shooting survivors appear in a new video that turns Katy Perry’s song into a mournful anthem.
  • Sep 15, 2021

For the nation, 9/11 brought devastation. For the D.C. area, it was the start of 13 months of terror.

First the Pentagon was hit. Then came anthrax-filled letters and the sniper attacks.
  • Sep 11, 2021
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