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Monday, December 22, 2014

DC Water Head Says Pipes Need To Be Replaced

DC Water made headlines last week, and not for good news. Now, the head of the agency says it's time for the system to be updated.

Nurses Go On Strike At MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Nurses are staging a one-day strike at MedStar Washington Hospital Center following months of negotiations between MedStar and the labor group National Nurses United.

Prison Deaths Reporting Bill By Rep. Scott Is Signed Into Law

The Death in Custory Reporting Act was renewed by Congress and signed by President Obama.

Where Are All The Deer? Hunters For The Hungry Report 17-Year Low In Donations

A Virginia organization that connects hunters in the commonwealth with local organizations that serve the hungry reports a major shortage in venison donated this year.

The Top 25 D.C. Songs Of 2014

WAMU's music site, Bandwidth, names its 25 favorite tracks from Washington-area artists in 2014.

FCC Shoots Down Petition Calling 'Redskins' Profane

A GWU law professor filed a petition with the FCC to revoke the license of a sports station co-owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, but the federal agency did not bite.

Gray Expected To Wrap Up Tenure As Mayor By Signing Pair Of Bills

The term for Mayor Vincent Gray wraps up Jan. 2, and he's expected to sign some legislation into law before his time is up.

Dulles Toll Road Riders Spared Fare Hike Thanks To Federal Loan

Drivers on the Dulles Toll Road help pay for the Silver Line with their tolls, but thanks to a new development, the amount they have to pay won't go up for several years.

Lanier: Shooting Of 2 NYPD Officers Reminds Us Police Are 'Vulnerable'

The fatal shooting of two New York Police Department officers on Saturday has hit home for police departments around the country, including the District.

Virginia's 10th District One Of Few In Play In 2015

2015 will be a big election year for Virginia's state senate, but whether the commonwealth breaks one way or another on the partisan divide will largely depend on the outcome in the 10th congressional district near Richmond.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Arlington Artisphere Likely To Close Next Summer

With Arlington's county government tightening its belt, the county manager is recommending that the Artisphere arts center in Rosslyn close up shop next year.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bowser Taps Council Member Tommy Wells For Cabinet Position

Just a few months ago, Council Member Wells was battling with Bowser to become the Democratic candidate for mayo. But now he becomes the first-ever D.C. Council member to move to a position in a new mayoral cabinet.

Regulators Try To Determine How Uber Would Operate In Maryland

At a hearing before the state's Public Service Commission Friday, regulators sought answers about how Uber would function if they approve a proposed settlement allowing Uber to stay in Maryland.

Director Says He Was Fired From Theater J, Cites 'Philosophical Differences'

After 18 years as artistic director of the Washington DCJCC's in-house theater company, Ari Roth is leaving. In a statement, the JCC says Roth "is stepping down to pursue a new series of endeavors." But Roth says he was fired.

Report Prompts Legislators To Call For More Investment In Secret Service

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are calling for more money for the Secret Service after a review released this week paints the picture of an agency stretched "beyond its limits."

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