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Virginia Settles Disabled Housing Case With DOJ

State will close four of its institutions for developmentally disabled

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Virginia is closing four of its five homes for the developmentally and intellectually disabled and will instead provide services in local communities under a 10-year, $2 billion settlement.

The deal follows a three-year investigation by the Department of Justice that found Virginia violated federal law by needlessly warehousing disabled individuals in institutions instead of providing adequate community-based services. The settlement was filed this week with the United States Court in Richmond after nearly a year of negotiations with the Justice Department.

The deal calls for Virginia to provide nearly 4,200 waivers to pay for localized care, enhanced crisis management services, housing assistance and greater employment opportunities for those receiving treatment.

Virginia is one of five states that operates multiple state-run institutions for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Most states began transitioning those services to the community decades ago. The settlement announced yesterday echoes similar DOJ decisions reached in recent years with Delaware and Georgia.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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