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Friday, May 8, 2015

Baltimore Residents Say Wall-To-Wall Media Coverage Missed The Real Story

Baltimore has been all over the news during the past few weeks. But some residents say the media focused too much on the rioting and not enough on the societal problems behind the unrest.

'Ladies Of Life' Confront Depression Among D.C.'s African-American Women

Tempie Satcher-Ducosin says she couldn't stand by after two women she knew killed themselves. So she created a support group to help African-American women support each other through their struggles.

The Capital Of Kink? Why Washington D.C. Is Often Ranked Among The Kinkiest Cities

The nation's capital has long been home to a thriving BDSM scene, and researchers say Washington is in fact one of the kinkiest places in the nation.

Clips: Charting The Changes To Barracks Row From The Barber's Chair

In part three of our series "Clips," we'll meet a female barber whose clients include military men along D.C.'s Barracks Row.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

D.C. Police Body Camera Policy Needs More Transparency, Council Member Says

Kenyan McDuffie is hosting a roundtable Thursday at the Wilson Building on the issue, and he says city leaders should be more mindful of several issues as they push forward with equipping all officers with the cameras.

Hogan Takes The Long View On Baltimore, Urges Public To Get Started Now

"It's going to take a while to get people back into the city. We're encouraging them, we believe the city is safe. We want to get people in here to spend money and go out to dinner," the governor says.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Abortion Debate In Virginia Comes With A Lot Of Campaign Cash

The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money.

D.C. Firefighter Dies In Line Of Duty

A D.C. firefighter died today while responding to a fire in a high-rise apartment building in the Shaw neighborhood.

Flipped Off, Part 3: As Development Spreads Across D.C., Can Regulators Keep Up?

The final installment of a three-part series: Owners of poorly flipped D.C. homes say the city government isn't equipped to provide proper oversight of developers, but the head of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs says the agency is indeed up to the task.

How The Smithsonian Is Building Its New, Sweeping Collection Of Black American Music

“I think it really smashes a lot of ideas about what the Smithsonian does and what it’s supposed to do,” one curator says of the African-American Museum’s growing collection.

What's An Official Act? Former Virginia Attorneys General Weigh In On McDonnell Case

As the former Virginia governor awaits his appeal on corruption charges, former attorneys general for the commonwealth have filed an amicus brief saying that the jury instructions' definition of "official acts" went far beyond court precedents.

Flipped Off, Part 2: For The Developer From Great Falls, A Great Fall

The latest installment of a three-part series: How a prolific house flipper attracted not only the scrutiny of D.C. inspectors, but also the attention of the city's attorney general.

Potomac Yard, DOD Facility Divide Mayoral Candidates At Alexandria Debate

Mayor Bill Euille faces challenges from former Mayor Kerry Donley and current Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg. A new Metro station and a Department of Defense facility on the West End were points of contention at a debate Tuesday night.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jesse Matthew Charged With Capital Murder In Hannah Graham Case

The man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and now faces the prospect of the death penalty.

Maryland Democrats Pressure Gov. Hogan On Education Spending

The General Assembly has been adjourned for almost a month, but Democrats in Maryland are still pressuring Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to release funding for public education.