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Friday, July 31, 2015

Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.

Pilot Program Makes Inmates Eligible For Education Grants

In hopes of reducing recidivism, the Obama administration is announcing a pilot program that will allow incarcerated students the ability to receive federal Pell grants for college courses.

How To Fund A Transit Project: A Purple Line Explainer

Key decisions are coming that will determine whether the 16-mile Purple Line light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton is built next year. Not surprisingly, many of them revolve around money.

Virginia's Bid To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plate Faces Judge

A judge in the Virginia city that was the final refuge for the Confederacy is set to hear arguments over the state's bid to erase the Confederate battle flag from license plates.

As Crime Spikes Nationwide, Lanier And City Police Chiefs To Meet At Summit

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is organizing a summit of police chiefs from across the country to discuss a national crime spike — and what police can do to fight it.

This Week On Metro Connection: July 31, 2015

We'll examine the past, present and future or one of D.C.'s most scenic spots, Hains Point, as well as other stories from around the region.

Tea, Golf And Somewhere To Cool Off: The History Of Hains Point

D.C.'s Hains Point is beloved by many local residents. But it wasn't always that way, because 150 years ago, the point wasn't there at all. A look at the history of the now-iconic peninsula.

Workshop Helps Central American Youth Heal Through Theater

Bethesda's Imagination Stage is running a program aimed at young people who have fled violence in Central America — with the hope that they can vent their emotions after the extraordinary things they have seen on their journey.

In His Memoir, A Cocaine Kingpin's Son Sheds Light On D.C.'s Crack Era

Tony Lewis Jr. is the son of Tony Lewis Sr., a former cocaine kingpin in D.C. who's been in prison since 1989. In Lewis Jr.'s new memoir, "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration," he shares stories and lessons from his upbringing during D.C.'s crack epidemic.

East Potomac Park: Hidden Gem, Neglected Greenspace?

Hains Point, at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, is one of the most scenic spots in D.C., and a favorite among cyclists and rollerbladers. but in recent years, facilities have fallen into disrepair.

After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?

Virginia has pursued a policy called "truth in sentencing," eliminating parole for more than two decades, but as the cost of incarcerating tens of thousands of offenders continues to rise, that policy is being re-thought.

The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better Pools

As society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, is there still a place for a team created for gay and lesbian swimmers?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

D.C.'s Rising Homicide Rate The Focus Of Community Event

Thursday night, representatives from at least eight law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are meeting at a D.C. church to discuss the city's uptick in violent crime.

With A 'Strike Force' And $100 Million, Bowser Moves On Affordable Housing

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took two cracks at the city's affordable housing crisis this week, appointing a "strike force" to focus on protecting affordable housing and putting out $100 million to build new housing.

State Police Wrap Up Investigation Into Bloody Arrest Of U.Va. Student

The review of what happened to Martese Johnson in mid-March is being sent to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Officials have not released details of the report.

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