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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 27, 2015

Life is hard, confusing, funny and devastating. You can see two plays that focus on characters who are just trying to figure things out.

Not All Cattle Farmers In Virginia Are Embracing State's Stream-Fencing Program

A program intended to keep streams cleaner — and ultimately improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay — isn't catching on with all of the Virginia cattle farmers that it was supposed to attract.

In Prince George's County, No Consensus On Tax Increase For Schools

Some older, more conservative voters are lining up against the proposal, while younger families, particularly minorities, say the extra money is crucial.

D.C. Asks Judge To Stay Ruling That Tossed Out Key Part Of Concealed Carry Law

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday asked a federal judge to stay a recent ruling that invalidated a key provision of the city's new concealed carry law, saying that not doing so could increase the number of concealed guns carried in D.C. and threaten public safety.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

$62 Million Later, Road Project Goes From 'Complaints' To 'Compliments'

Smiling Northern Virginia politicians snipped a red ribbon along Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County, now four lanes wide instead of two, fresh asphalt for commuters traveling between U.S. 50 and Route 29.

Competitive Northern Virginia Seat Takes International Flair

The campaign for the seat of David Ramadan reflects the increasingly diverse demographics of Loudoun County.

Pot May Have Been Decriminalized In Maryland, But Bongs Are Still Illegal

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill decriminalizing the possession of drug paraphernalia in the state. So while possessing 10 grams of pot won't get you in trouble, holding a bong will.

Mendelson Dumps Bowser's Sales Tax Hike, But Gives On Most Everything Else

Despite scrapping a proposed increase in the sales tax, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Tuesday that Mayor Muriel Bowser would get most of what she wanted in her 2016 budget.

Virginia Has Highest Rate Of Uninsured In The Country

The number of people without health insurance is on the decline across the country, but lagging behind other states is Virginia, where 14 percent of the population is without insurance.

New Transit App, Split, Pushes User To Share The Backseat

A new entrant into the growing world of on-demand transportation apps in the District uses sustainability as its pitch — with users sharing the ride with others going the same direction.

Prince George's County Turns To Property Tax Hike To Pump Up Flagging Schools

A property tax hike of 15 cents on every $100 of assessed value is on the table for the Prince George's County Council — an increase the county executive says is necessary to boost schools.

Should Montgomery County Ban Pesticide Use On Lawns?

A bill before the Montgomery County Council would ban the use of pesticides on lawns, citing potential health effects, but while the bill has many supporters, critics say the policy is misguided.

Monday, May 25, 2015

D.C. Police Need To Identify Themselves Better, Says Complaint Board

D.C.'s Office of Police Complaints has received nearly 400 allegations of officers failing to identify themselves since 2006 — something the city's complaint board says should be changed.

Stars, Stripes And Crowds Line Constitution Avenue For Memorial Day Parade

The American Veterans Center's National Memorial Day Parade was just one of many local parades taking place Monday, and Martin Di Caro was there to take in the spectacle.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Virginia Tops Country For Student Referrals To Law Enforcement

Virginia public schools refer students to law enforcement agencies or the courts at a higher rate than any other state, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.