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Friday, August 22, 2014

Interview: Former D.C. Police Office Talks About Relations With the Community

Ronald Hampton served on MPD for 23 years, and this week he spoke with WAMU 88.5 this week about relations between the community and police in the 1970s and how Ferguson now reflects D.C. then.

Despite Result, 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Bladensburg Will Be Celebrated

The 1814 Battle of Bladensburg wasn't one of America's shining moments on the battlefield, but that's not stopping Prince George's County from commemorating its 200th anniversary with a series of events this weekend.

McAuliffe Creates Task Force To Combat Campus Sexual Assaults

The task force will include college administrators, law enforcement and members of the governor's cabinet, and will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring.

As McDonnell Speaks For Third Day, Trial Against Him Becomes Therapy Session

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has spent two days speaking about the troubles of his marriage, and a third day of testimony is aimed at making the case that he could not have conspired with a wife he was barely speaking to.

'Courtesy Vans' To Serve Areas In D.C. That Taxi Drivers Stay Away From

The D.C. Taxicab Commission unveiled a plan to bring vehicle-for-hire services to underserved neighborhoods in the form of “courtesy vans,” a concession by officials that most regular cab drivers will continue to refuse to go to certain areas of D.C.

This Week on Metro Connection: Crack, The Drug That Consumed D.C.

This week, we revisit our hour-long documentary, "Crack: The Drug That Consumed The Nation's Capital," which looked back at the era of drug-fueled killings that earned D.C. the nickname the "Nation's Murder Capital."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gray Adopts Changes To D.C. School Boundaries And Feeder Patterns

Mayor Vincent Gray today adopted a series of changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns, but the fate of the politically sensitive proposal remains uncertain as two leading mayoral contenders have said the changes should be put on hold.

Trial Board Rules Against 3 Firefighters, But Chief Unhappy With Sanctions

The interim D.C. fire chief has "begrudgingly accepted" the recommendations of a trial board on firefighters who didn't help a 77-year-old man who lay dying across the street from a D.C. firehouse earlier this year — but he says the punishments don't go far enough.

Job Fair For D.C. Residents At Convention Center Thursday

Job seekers in the District can head to the Washington Convention Center today for job training and first dibs at federal, state and local employers with openings.

Endorsements Begin To Trickle In For D.C. Mayoral Race

The general election for D.C. mayor is still months away, but endorsements for two of the big candidates have started to come in.

McDonnell To Take Stand Again Today In Corruption Trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will take the stand Thursday for the second day, as defense attorneys seek to emphasize how the Republican's relationship with Jonnie Williams did not involve extending special treatment.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Maureen McDonnell Didn't Give Special Treatment To Star Scientific, Witness Testifies

A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.

Deported From U.S., Honduran Immigrants Return To Death And Terror

"We have been warning policy makers in the administration about exactly this," says immigration attorney Sheena Wadhawan. "To expedite removal is to deny due process, and to deport these children back to the conditions from which they're running means certain death."

Supreme Court Blocks Same-Sex Marriages In Virginia

With only hours until same-sex couples in Virginia could start getting married, the U.S. Supreme Court today intervened to put any unions on hold until justices could review a challenge from a county clerk in Prince William County.

Former D.C. Mayor: Ferguson Pols Should 'Own Up To The Concerns' Of Community

Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt, who oversaw the response to riots in Mt. Pleasant in 1991, today drew comparisons between what happened in D.C. and what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

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