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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Feds Arrest Thousands Of Criminal Immigrants, Including Some In D.C. Region

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a nationwide operation conducted last week has captured more than 2,000 criminal aliens who the agency says posed a risk to public safety.

After Critical Audit, D.C. Reviewing Contract With Group That Serves Homeless

D.C. officials say they are reviewing the city's relationship with a non-profit organization that has been accused of overbilling the city and potentially breaking the law in the management of two contracts worth over $80 million for services to homeless residents.

Will The Shuffle In Maryland Politics Leave Democrats Vulnerable?

Some wonder whether a divisive primary could leave their party open to another Republican upset for a statewide seat.

Dozens Captured In D.C. Area Under Federal Immigration Agency's Sweep

Under the federal Operation Cross Check, more than 50 arrests were made in Virginia, about three dozen in Maryland and a handful in D.C.

Virginia Arrest Records Show Racial Disparities

Data from the Virginia State Police show that police in the commonwealth arrest African-Americans for a number of offenses at percentages that are much higher than those for white people.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Race For Mikulski's Seat Could Be A Showdown Between Suburban Members Of Congress

The race to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is only a week old, but campaigning is underway more than a year before voters head to the polls.

Report: Half Of D.C. High School Students Are Chronically Truant

In D.C. public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school.

Smile, You're On Camera: D.C. Police Expand Body-Worn Camera Program

The D.C. police department has decided to make permanent a program that will outfit officers with body-worn cameras.

Undocumented Immigrants Face Challenge In Getting D.C. Driver's License: Language

It's been close to a year that undocumented immigrants in D.C. have been able to apply for driver's licenses, but one significant hurdle remains: the road skills test they need to pass is only available in English.

D.C. Streetcar Line Gets A Hard Look This Week From Team Of Experts

The weeklong "peer review" of the H Street and Benning Road line will be done by officials from public transit organizations across the U.S. that have introduced streetcar lines in their own cities.

Maryland Bill Would Help Secure Fertility Coverage For Lesbian Couples

A bill active in Maryland's General Assembly would ensure that lesbian couples would be treated equally by health insurance companies when they apply for fertility coverage.

Potential Shakeups Continue For Maryland's Senate Race

Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards is expected to join the contest for Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat, and Republican Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger says he's having conversations with aides about the race.

Police Department Remains Under Pressure In Fairfax County

The Virginia county has created a new commission to look at whether police use excessive force and lack transparency. One member of the panel is already calling for the chief's resignation.

Friday, March 6, 2015

D.C. Official Says Troubled H Street Streetcar May Be Killed

The head of the D.C. Department of Transportation said on Friday that he open to killing the troubled 2.2-mile streetcar line on H Street and Benning Road NE.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Jewish Community Primary Target Of Hate Crimes In Montgomery County

Roughly half the hate crimes reported to police in Montgomery County last year appear to have been anti-Jewish, according to a new report from police.

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