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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Can Hip-Hop Help Change The Meaning Of The Confederate Flag?

One Maryland rapper walked the National Mall in a Confederate flag T-shirt to try to redefine the Dixie symbol.

Maryland's Biggest Campaign Donors Didn't Get Results In 2014

A lot of dollars from big donors went toward Democrat Anthony Brown's loss in the gubernatorial election.

Uber's Big Lobbying Effort Opened D.C. Doors

Few companies spent more money lobbying D.C. public officials last year, and Uber's efforts helped to secure at least one key legislative victory.

Concerns About Digital Snooping Spur Bipartisan Legislative Push In Va.

Former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the ACLU are supporting legislation that would limit the ability of law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to collect information and build databases without a warrant.

Q&A: Sen. Tim Kaine On The U.S. Fight Against The Islamic State

In an interview with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine explains why Congress should hold a debate and a vote on official authorization for U.S. military action against ISIS.

Plan For Flexibility In Va. Graduation Requirements Advances In Richmond

The bill, which would give school leaders some flexibility to forgo standardized testing, was approved by the House Education Committee.

Animal Abusers Would Shoulder Costs Of Care Under Maryland Bill

A Democratic delegate from Montgomery County wants to shift the costs of caring for abused or neglected animals from the state to the abusers themselves.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Legendary Gay Bar Seeks New Home East Of The Anacostia

Development forced D.C. Eagle to leave New York Avenue NW. Now it's moving across the Anacostia, but its owners insist they're not gentrifiers.

11th Street Bridge Project Inspires Hope At Both Ends

Can a High Line-style park over the Anacostia River bring two sides of the city together?

Are Artists The Catalysts Of Gentrification In D.C.?

In D.C., the arrival of artists and arts organizations can be an early sign that a neighborhood will soon dramatically change.

Low-Income Seniors Struggle To Stay In The City They Call Home

It's a tough time to be a renter in Washington, D.C. — and elderly residents on fixed incomes are no exception.

Battle Over 'Pop-Ups' and 'Pop-Backs' Exposes Fault Lines Over Housing in D.C.

As D.C.'s housing demand rises, developers are getting creative in carving more space out of existing homes. But not everyone is happy about that.

Is Gentrification In D.C. Going According To 'The Plan?'

It's been 35 years since a newspaper columnist put forth the theory that white people were conspiring to take power from black officials. Does the idea still hold today?

Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown?

For much of its history, Georgetown was home to a thriving community of African Americans. But most of those residents left as housing costs skyrocketed.

This Week On Metro Connection: The 'G Word'

Block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood, D.C. is in the midst of major redevelopment. What are we gaining and what are we losing in the process?