Thumbs up, thumbs down: Chris Core rates 2016’s winners and losers

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Thumbs down:  The D.C. Council, which in just one year managed to run off Wal-Mart, raise the minimum wage to a noncompetitive rate and figured out how to tax D.C. businesses so that people who live in Virginia and Maryland will get lots and lots of paid leave. Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! (WTOP)
Pepco's massive new vehicle will help coordinate response to summer storms. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
Thumbs up: Pepco got its act together. Seriously, notice how we don’t lose power anymore when the wind kicks up to, say, 5 mph? (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
metrorail metro 7000 series
Thumbs down: All local jurisdictions who once again failed to figure out a way to give Metro a dedicated funding source like every other transportation system in the world! (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld wants to cut late-night Metro service even after the track work is done, but the DC Council has other ideas. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)
Thumbs up: Metro. This might seem illogical considering all the issues with the system this year, but, at last, the new general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, is actually addressing the problems (painful as it is) instead of just slapping on a Band-Aid, as has happened for years in the past. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols) (AP/Ben Nuckols)
Donald Trump
Thumbs down: Donald Trump for being a sore winner. For heaven’s sake, you won. You get to be president. Shut up about the popular vote already. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (AP)
The MGM National Harbor opened in December 2016.
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Thumbs up: Prince George’s County. For years Montgomery’s inferior little brother, the county is now the hot destination choice, with its glamorous National Harbor complex and new casino. Take that, Bethesda! (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper slides on the field after he caught a fly ball by Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto for an out during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Thumbs down: The Nats and Caps for once again folding early in their playoff runs. And the Redskins and the Wizards for being … well … the Redskins and the Wizards (sigh). (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Bob McDonnell
Thumbs up: The U.S. Supreme Court for throwing out the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Seriously, you Virginia taxpayers want to pay to incarcerate this guy? What he did was boneheaded, but probably not illegal. His career is toast anyway. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP)
University of Maryland head basketball coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell shouts encouragement to his team as they clash with Duke University at College Park, Md., Feb. 2, 1974. (AP Photo/William Smith)
Thumbs down: The University of Maryland for taking so long to honor former basketball coach Lefty Driesell. All the man did in his 17 years in College Park was to take a pretty pathetic program and turn it into “the UCLA of the East.” The Terps will finally hang a banner in his honor in February. (AP Photo/William Smith) (AP/William Smith)
Voter turnout was down slightly for the presidential election.(WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Thumbs up: The voters of Montgomery County who approved the latest “Ficker Amendment.” This one imposes term limits on the county executive and members of the county council. Imagine: George Leventhal will have to get a real job. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
FILE - In this  April 28, 2016 file picture a security guard stands on the roof of the Volkswagen old power plant and monitors the area during the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany.2016. The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday  Dec. 8, 2016 that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commission, all the technical information" they gathered on Volkswagen emissions. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)
Thumbs down: Volkswagen. Seriously, guys? After years and years of bragging about your clean diesel engines, it turns out you were cheating? What? Is Lance Armstrong one of your engineers? (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file) (AP)
Gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky speaks to WTOP live on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 about her exeperiences in Rio and what new goals she'll set for herself as she heads off to Stanford University this fall. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Thumbs up: Katie Ledecky. Don’t need to say more. She makes her sport, her hometown and her country proud. And she can run for president in just 16 years. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Katie Ledecky)
The Capitol Building as seen in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, Congress scrambled on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, to wrap-up unfinished business, voting decisively to send President Barack Obama a defense policy bill but facing obstacles on a stopgap spending measure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Thumbs down: Congress, for managing to go another year without addressing any of the major issues facing our country. Apparently squabbling with each other like spoiled brats is more satisfying. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP)
This July 9, 2015 photo shows a Wall Street sign near the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  World stock markets turned lower on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 as investors speculated whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in coming months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Thumbs up: The stock market. Its latest run-up has given some of us hope that maybe we will be able to retire sometime. In the future. Waaay in the future, but still. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (AP)
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Pepco's massive new vehicle will help coordinate response to summer storms. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)
metrorail metro 7000 series
Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld wants to cut late-night Metro service even after the track work is done, but the DC Council has other ideas. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)
Donald Trump
The MGM National Harbor opened in December 2016.
 (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper slides on the field after he caught a fly ball by Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto for an out during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Bob McDonnell
University of Maryland head basketball coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell shouts encouragement to his team as they clash with Duke University at College Park, Md., Feb. 2, 1974. (AP Photo/William Smith)
Voter turnout was down slightly for the presidential election.(WTOP/Kate Ryan)
FILE - In this  April 28, 2016 file picture a security guard stands on the roof of the Volkswagen old power plant and monitors the area during the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany.2016. The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday  Dec. 8, 2016 that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commission, all the technical information" they gathered on Volkswagen emissions. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)
Gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky speaks to WTOP live on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 about her exeperiences in Rio and what new goals she'll set for herself as she heads off to Stanford University this fall. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
The Capitol Building as seen in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, Congress scrambled on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, to wrap-up unfinished business, voting decisively to send President Barack Obama a defense policy bill but facing obstacles on a stopgap spending measure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
This July 9, 2015 photo shows a Wall Street sign near the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  World stock markets turned lower on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 as investors speculated whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in coming months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

WASHINGTON — From Metro’s funding woes to local Olympian Katie Ledecky’s triumph, WTOP commentator Chris Core weighs in on the year’s biggest successes and stumbles.

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