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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parents At High-Performing D.C. High School Criticize Merger With Other School

Many parents whose children attend the high-achieving School Without Walls High School in Northwest D.C. say the merger with another neighborhood school is not working.

Street Smart Campaign Seeks To Promote Safety For Pedestrians And Cyclists

Officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are launching an effort to help improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the region.

Virginia Is For Lovers... Of Farmers' Markets

Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, a 180 percent increase since 2006.

D.C. Council Sues Gray Over Budget Autonomy Referendum

A conflict between the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray over whether or not the city now enjoys budget autonomy is heading to court, and a ruling could have an impact on how this year's budget process plays out.

Two Men Believed To Be Homeless Found Dead By D.C. Freeway

D.C. police say the bodies of two men were found about 50 feet apart by Interstate 295 in Southeast Washington, but there is no sign of foul play.

With Work Still Left To Be Done, Silver Line Director Leaves Post

Silver Line project director Pat Nowakowski is leaving for another transit agency, though he didn't say which one.

D.C. Considering Toll Lanes On 14th Street Bridge

Though years away, the proposal would start with carpool lanes and expand to include toll lanes on one of the busiest bridges crossing the Potomac.

D.C. Restaurant Owner And Son Plead Guilty To Bribing Taxicab Official

A restaurant owner in the District and his son are pleading guilty to making illegal payments to the head of the city's taxicab commission.

Virginia Democrats Looking To Replace Moran Rake In Big Bucks

The race to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Moran has opened the door to an epic primary season that has 10 Democrats fighting for the seat and raising scads of money to do so.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After Six Years, D.C. To Get Six More Months To Debate Zoning Code Rewrite

D.C. residents and officials have been debating changes to the city's 60-year-old zoning code for the last six years, and there will be at least another six months of discussion before the plan can be voted on.

Mizeur Backs Legal Physician-Assisted Suicide In Maryland

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Del. Heather Mizeur wants to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in Maryland.

In Wake Of Ruling, D.C. Attorney General Urges Repeal Of Campaign Finance Limit

D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan is urging city legislators to repeal a specific campaign finance limit that was recently the focus of a Supreme Court ruling.

Hot Ticket: Reservations Reopen For Tours Of Washington Monument

The Washington Monument will open to the public again in May, and the National Park Service is opening up ticket reservations for opening day and beyond.

Metro's CFO Resigns In Wake Of Damning Federal Audit

Metro's CFO Carol Kissal is resigning to take a job in the private sector, according to a memo Metro General Manager Richard Sarles distributed to agency staff today.

Berlin Wall Brought To University Of Virginia With 'Kings Of Freedom'

A massive piece of the Berlin Wall was recently delivered to the campus of the University of Virginia, adorned with a famous mural by German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun.