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Monday, May 25, 2015

D.C. Police Need To Identify Themselves Better, Says Complaint Board

D.C.'s Office of Police Complaints has received nearly 400 allegations of officers failing to identify themselves since 2006 — something the city's complaint board says should be changed.

Stars, Stripes And Crowds Line Constitution Avenue For Memorial Day Parade

The American Veterans Center's National Memorial Day Parade was just one of many local parades taking place Monday, and Martin Di Caro was there to take in the spectacle.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Virginia Tops Country For Student Referrals To Law Enforcement

Virginia public schools refer students to law enforcement agencies or the courts at a higher rate than any other state, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Second Annual Funk Parade To Take Over U Street

This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sledding Ban On Capitol Hill Remains Intact, But Won't Be Enforced

Some children got a lesson in civil disobedience earlier this year, peacefully protesting by sledding on the Capitol Hill grounds despite a ban. It's looking like they may be only sort-of breaking the rules if they go sledding next snowfall.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Taxi Drivers Suing D.C. Over 'Unfair' Two-Tiered System

The D.C. Council passed regulations last year that made ride-hailing apps like Uber legal — but cabbies are now suing over the law, saying it puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. O'Malley Expected To Announce Candidacy For President

More signs are pointing to O'Malley running for the nation's top office. He'll announce his decision at an event in Baltimore May 30.

Virginia Senate Campaigns Already Bringing In Big Bucks

In Virginia, candidates are heading into a campaign season that might not be attracting all that much attention. But it is attracting a significant amount of campaign cash.

A Moment Of Jazz in D.C.’s Blagden Alley, And Years Of Searching For the Musicians Who Made It

Eight years ago, on a warm summer night, Craig Nelsen was walking through Blagden Alley in downtown D.C. As he turned a corner, he heard something unexpected: music.

'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene Of The 1970s

In the 1970s, the D.C. music scene was a place of great creativity. Clubs were plentiful, admission was cheap, and you never knew which surprise guest might stop by.

Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

More People Traveling By Car Over Long Weekend, Meaning More Traffic

The number of people traveling at least 50 miles to get to their Memorial Day weekend destinations is expected to increase about five percent over last year.

Suspect In Killings Of Wealthy D.C. Family Arrested

Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who's accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper.

This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes

We'll tour the D.C. region's music scene this week in a special collaboration with WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.fm.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Talks About Purple Line 'Productive,' Says Montgomery County Exec

The county executives in Montgomery and Prince George's counties met with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to make their case for building the $2.4 billion Purple Line.

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