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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Three Dead, Two Injured In Frederick Aircraft Collision

The deadly crash took place during a helicopter training exercise Thursday afternoon.

Amid Funding Fight, D.C. Cuts Streetcar System From 22 To 8 Miles

D.C. officials today announced the next step in the construction of additional streetcar lines across the city, but also admitted that a conflict with the D.C. Council over funding would likely cut the planned 22-mile system by more than half.

A Hashtag That All Washington Football Fans Can Get Behind

With many local fans mulling whether the team's name is offensive, it can be a tough time to be a D.C. football fan on social media.

Judge In Severance Murder Trial Begins Deciding On Camera Access

Judge Jane Roush will allow one still camera into the courtroom for the pretial motions in the case.

Federal Workers' Pay Isn't Untouchable For Two Northern Virginia Candidates

Micah Edmond and Don Beyer both say they support the Simpson-Bowles federal budget plan, which would eventually hit federal workers and contractors in the pocketbook.

D.C. Elections Board: 'We Messed Up' On Voter Guide

Our bad, says the D.C. Board of Elections on mistakenly printing 300,000 voter guides that had an upside-down D.C. flag on the cover.

Number Of Unaccompanied Minors In D.C. Region Climbs To 7,000

The U.S. government has released more than 45,000 Central American children from detention centers, and thousands have been settled in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Early Voting Kicks Off In Maryland As Candidates Spar On Schools

As the statewide races build toward a climax, Marylanders looking to vote before Election Day can cast their ballots starting Thursday morning at locations throughout the state.

D.C. Among Most Improved In Energy Efficiency, According To Report

A new scorecard by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranks D.C. alongside three states as the most improved in terms of energy efficiency.

How One District School Is Tackling English Language Learning

Teaching students for whom English is a second language can be a challenge, but a specialized program at Cardozo Education Campus is making it work.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Should Cameras Be Allowed In Court For The Trial Of Charles Severance?

A coalition of media organizations, including WAMU 88.5 News, is advocating for cameras in the courtroom to cover the trial of Charles Severance, a former Alexandria resident who is charged in three high-profile murders.

D.C. Lays Out Rules For Applying For Concealed Carry Permits

D.C. will start taking applications for concealed carry permits on Thursday, and has published rules spelling out who is eligible to apply.

Delays Are Coming: DDOT Outlines Plans For 16th Street Bridge Replacement

The 30,000 or so cars and buses that travel over the 16th Street Bridge daily could be looking at delays of 15-30 minutes every day, beginning in February.

D.C. Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Student In Classroom

Symone Greene, 22, reportedly had sex with a student on her first day on the job at Options Public Charter school in Northeast D.C.

Labor Group Pushing For $15 Minimum Wage, Including For Tipped Workers

D.C.'s minimum wage is already moving its way up to $11.50, but a group that advocates for restaurant workers is promoting a ballot initiative that would push the city's wage to $15 by 2019.

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