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Friday, September 19, 2014

D.C. Police Crack Down On Bicycling Violations

The MPD is in the process of enforcing bicycling laws, writing tickets for all kinds of violations.

Rip Currents Contribute To More Deaths In Ocean City

The drowning of two swimmers in Ocean City this week is being partially blamed on rip currents caused by a hurricane that was more than 1,000 miles offshore.

New Anthony Brown Video Accuses Opponent Of 'Hiding' And 'Lying"

Democrat Anthony Brown unveiled a new web video today alleging that Republican Larry Hogan is "hiding" his positions on contentious issues like abortion and gun control.

More Details Unearthed In Search For Missing Student Hannah Graham

Police say a person of interest went with Graham to a bar in downtown Charlottesville the night she disappeared, but they lack sufficient evidence to arrest the man.

D.C. Legislator Questions Relisha Rudd Review, But Gets Few Answers

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is questioning a city-led review that concluded that there was little that could have been done to prevent the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd from the D.C. General homeless shelter.

Q&A: Kavitha Cardoza On Military Children

All this week we've been bringing you stories of our nation's military children. The series is the culmination of nearly a year of reporting by WAMU's special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, who joined us Friday to talk about the project and what we can learn from these children.

Federal Officials Visit D.C. Neighborhood To Tout Green Jobs

One of the District’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods recently received a visit from two senior federal officials touting a program they say promotes sustainability and creates jobs.

Death Of Land Deal Means Smaller Purple Line Station In Bethesda

The western-most stop on the planned Purple Line light rail system in Montgomery County may not be as nice as planners wanted, as a deal to redevelop a key piece of land has fallen through.

Baltimore Ravens Allow Fans To Exchange Ray Rice Jerseys

Over the next two days, the Baltimore Ravens are giving fans a chance to exchange qualifying Ray Rice jerseys for that of another team player.

Virginia Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion Effort

The Republican majority killed a compromise effort on a 64 to 33 vote. That means no action will be taken to expand Virginia's Medicaid program.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bowser And Catania Take Swipes At Each During First Mayoral Debate

The first of four D.C. mayoral debates was largely defined by Muriel Bowser and David Catania, who attacked each other on matter of style and substance.

Sen. Kaine Proposes Limited Action Against ISIS

The U.S. Senator from Virginia has offered a bill that grants the president the authority to strike ISIS, but it limits it to just one year.

Person Of Interest Sought In Relation To Missing Student Hannah Graham

A man was seen putting his arm around Graham's shoulder around the time she was last heard from.

Watch The First D.C. Mayoral Debate

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz went head to head Thursday at 7 p.m. at American University, and you can watch it here.