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Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Washington Ballet Draws From Other Forms Of Art

Literature, art and dance intersect in a new ballet opening in D.C. this Wednesday.

Windy Blasts Leave Thousands Without Power In D.C. Region

The worst of the frigid winter winds are over, but the wind chill is expected to remain well below 0 into President's Day, so stay indoors or bundle up well if you have plans outside.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gridlock On The Hill Could Hamper Homeland Security, Local Police

There's a chance the Department of Homeland Security will run out of money because of congressional gridlock.

Andy Harris Says D.C. Has Lost Its Fight For Marijuana Legalization

The D.C. Council scrapped its planned hearing into taxing weed earlier this week and downgraded the meeting to a roundtable.

Metro Grilled On Safety In Congressional Hearing

At Friday's hearing before a House oversight committee, lawmakers grilled Metro about its safety culture.

Mendelson Rejects Defying Congress Over Pot Legalization

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Friday rejected suggestions that city legislators should run the risk of arrest by defying Congress over a bill that would legalize and regulate the sales of marijuana in D.C.

Metro Delays Vote On Proposal To Raise Fares And Cut Service

Metro's Board of Directors delayed for two weeks a vote on a proposal to raise fares and cut train service to help close a projected $100 million operating budget deficit.

Door To Door: Hunters Woods, Va., and Old Town Laurel, Md.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time around we'll visit Hunters Woods in Reston, Va., and Old Town Laurel, Md.

How Can Maryland Improve Business Climate? Commerce Secretary, Says Report

A much awaited analysis of methods to improve Maryland's business climate is getting strong initial support from top lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Prosecutors Say Georgetown Rabbi Recorded 150 Women In Ritual Bath

Prosecutors say Rabbi Barry Freundel secretly videotaped more than 150 nude women at a Jewish ritual bath, a far higher number than originally reported.

Pair Of D.C. Legislators Back Initiative To Support Black And Latino Boys

A pair of D.C. Council members say they back the school chancellor’s plan to provide more resources to minority male students. The proposal has been questioned by some for helping one group of students but not others.

Fairfax Woman Who Died After Being Tasered Suffered From Mental Illness

More details are emerging about the woman who died after being hit by a Taser stun gun at the Fairfax County Jail, including the fact that the woman suffered from a mental illness.

As Bridges Start To Show Their Age, Maryland To Inspect 27 Of Them

The state of Maryland is conducting safety inspections of 27 bridges that fit the profile of one along the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, where a piece of concrete fell from the bottom of the bridge and hit a car.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Construction On 395 Will Be Minimally Disruptive, DDOT Says

District officials say the first phase of work at the 395-Third Street Tunnel project will cause minimal traffic problems — after dumping the idea of closing a stretch of the interstate highway to help out a real estate developer.

Should Minors Be Allowed To Use Tanning Beds? Maryland Senator Says No

Marylanders under 18 currently require parental approval to use a tanning bed in Maryland. But state Sen. Jamie Raskin doesn't believe that's enough.