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After 18 years as artistic director of the Washington DCJCC's in-house theater company, Ari Roth is leaving. In a statement, the JCC says Roth "is stepping down to pursue a new series of endeavors." But Roth says he was fired.
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Report Prompts Legislators To Call For More Investment In Secret Service

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are calling for more money for the Secret Service after a review released this week paints the picture of an agency stretched "beyond its limits."
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Mendelson Shuffles D.C. Council Committees, Keeps Education

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson today announced new committee assignments for the Council session that will start in January, creating a new committee to focus on housing while maintaining one for the city's schools.
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Hogan Plans To Stick To Maryland Tax Cut Promise, Despite Budget Shortfall

The state of Maryland is facing budget shortfalls last year, but Governor-elect Larry Hogan says he is sticking to his campaign promise to cut taxes, but just don't expect specifics yet.

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Maryland Lawmakers Played Role In Release Of Alan Gross From Cuba

State lawmakers say they had a hand in the release of Maryland resident Alan Gross from Cuba yesterday.

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Should Maryland Schools Start After Labor Day? Little Agreement Among Lawmakers

A report finds that pushing the start of classes in Maryland past Labor Day may help the state's economy, but many lawmakers don't buy that logic.

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Maryland Business Owners Urge Shoppers To Buy Local

With less than a week to go before Christmas, local businesses are urging customers to do their shopping in-person — not online. In the Maryland suburbs, stores are showcasing their knowledge of the community to get people in the door.
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Regulators Try To Determine How Uber Would Operate In Maryland

At a hearing before the state's Public Service Commission Friday, regulators sought answers about how Uber would function if they approve a proposed settlement allowing Uber to stay in Maryland.
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Environmental Group Calls On Maryland To Ban Fracking

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the natural gas-extraction process.
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Sexual Assault Numbers Up On D.C. College Campuses

According to the latest federal data, District college campuses have seen a significant uptick in sexual assaults on campus, but that may actually be an encouraging sign of increased awareness.

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Two Minutes, Or 12? Metro Starts Testing Real-Time Bus Arrival Signs At Bus Stops

Metro wants you to be able to tell how long you have to wait for a bus by simply looking up at a sign at the bus stop.
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Fatberg Ahoy! How Pouring Cooking Grease Down The Drain Hurts D.C. Sewers

Think twice before you pour the grease from your holiday turkey down the drain: it contributes to the creation of "fatbergs" that can clog pipes and send sewage back into your home.

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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.
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Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams

Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve.
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Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.
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Neighboring States Challenge Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Law

Colorado is vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by neighboring states that challenges its legalization of recreational marijuana.
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Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Is A Complicated Process

Melissa Block talks to Roberta Jacobson, assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, about the first steps toward restoring diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
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New Romanian President Vows To Crack Down On Corruption

On Sunday, Romania will swear in a new president, the first from one of that country's ethnic minorities. Klaus Iohannis, a little known mayor from Transylvania with German ancestry, scored a surprise victory last month over Romania's prime minister.
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Cubans Eager For More Economic Investment

We have Cuban reaction to the move toward normalization of ties between the country and the U.S.
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Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack.