Naughty or nice? Chris Core’s 2017 list of failures and feats

WASHINGTON — From sexual assault in the workplace to Metro finally addressing its finances, WTOP commentator Chris Core looks back at the year that was 2017 and contemplates the year’s biggest triumphs and fumbles. See who, and what, made his annual naughty and nice list.

A flag flies on at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The House is scheduled to vote on adopting mandatory anti-sexual harassment training for all members and their staff. The vote comes amid a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct against lawmakers that has thrust the issue of gender hostility and discrimination on Capitol Hill squarely into the spotlight. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Naughty:
Congress AGAIN, punting instead of passing a real budget to keep the government open! (AP/Susan Walsh) (AP/Susan Walsh)
Nice:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe coming all the way from Richmond to be on “Ask the Governor” every month. (WTOP/Amanda Iacone) (WTOP/Amanda Iacone)
Grady Howell, of Plant City, Fla., helps a friend salvage items from a flooded mobile home Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after Hurricane Irma moved through the area in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Naughty:
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. No need to say more. (AP/Chris O’Meara) (AP/Chris O'Meara)
Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld listens to a question in this  March 15, 2016, file photo. Friday he announced his plan to refurbish significant portions of the Metrorail system. The repairs will significantly reduce service for riders round-the-clock, include rush hour and weekend service, while entire stretches of track are closed or trains share a single track for weeks at a time. The yearlong repairs could begin as soon as June 4. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Nice:
Metro finally getting serious about its funding and safety problems. (AP/Evan Vucci) (AP/Evan Vucci)
Nice:
The Nats, Wizards and Caps all having great seasons and making the playoffs. (The Associated Press) (The Associated Press )
Washington Nationals fans watch the action during Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Washington. The Cubs won 9-8 and won the series. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Naughty:
The Nats, Wizards and Caps all taking early exits from the playoffs. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
I-66 66 express lanes inside Beltway Arlington traffic toll road
Nice:
More lanes and commuting options on Interstate 66 in Virginia. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Eastbound tolls on Interstate 66 fluctuated, but increased gradually during the morning rush-hour on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Naughty:
The cost to use those lanes for single drivers. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the fifth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Nice:
Nats pitcher Max Scherzer winning his second straight Cy Young Award. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches the team during baseball practice at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Washington. Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs is Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Naughty:
The Nats firing manager Dusty Baker. (AP/Mark Tenally) (AP/Mark Tenally)
Naughty:
All the powerful men who have been sexually harassing women in the workplace for years. (The Associated Press) (The Associated Press)
Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Nice:
Women finally saying enough is enough #Metoo (AP/Damian Dovarganes) (AP/Damian Dovarganes)
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A flag flies on at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The House is scheduled to vote on adopting mandatory anti-sexual harassment training for all members and their staff. The vote comes amid a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct against lawmakers that has thrust the issue of gender hostility and discrimination on Capitol Hill squarely into the spotlight. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Grady Howell, of Plant City, Fla., helps a friend salvage items from a flooded mobile home Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after Hurricane Irma moved through the area in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld listens to a question in this  March 15, 2016, file photo. Friday he announced his plan to refurbish significant portions of the Metrorail system. The repairs will significantly reduce service for riders round-the-clock, include rush hour and weekend service, while entire stretches of track are closed or trains share a single track for weeks at a time. The yearlong repairs could begin as soon as June 4. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Nationals fans watch the action during Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Washington. The Cubs won 9-8 and won the series. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
I-66 66 express lanes inside Beltway Arlington traffic toll road
Eastbound tolls on Interstate 66 fluctuated, but increased gradually during the morning rush-hour on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the fifth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches the team during baseball practice at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Washington. Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs is Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


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