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Monday, July 28, 2014

D.C. Asks Judge To Stay Handgun Ruling, Says Time Needed To Craft Response

D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan has asked for a stay of a ruling that tossed out the city's ban on the carrying of guns outside the home, saying that time was needed to appeal or craft a legislative response.

Silver Line Ridership Off To A Strong Start, Especially In Reston

The Silver Line saw impressive ridership during its first morning rush hour, with the Wiehle-Reston East station attracting particularly high ridership.

Federal Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is at odds with the constitution.

Judge Throws Out D.C. Ban On Carrying Guns Outside The Home

Just over six years after the Supreme Court ruled that the District's ban on handguns was unconstitutional, a federal judge has now tossed out the city's laws prohibiting residents from carrying guns outside of their homes.

D.C. Drops Proposed 24-Hour Waiting Period For Tattoos And Piercings

The District has formally dropped a controversial proposal for a 24-hour waiting period for anyone who wants to get a piercing or tattoo.

Cardin Likens Voting Ban For Felons To Jim Crow Laws

Lawmakers say a bill granting the vote to felons who have served their time is intended to address a racial divide in voter eligibility.

Researchers Explore Factors Contributing To Beach Injuries

What factors contribute to injuries at the beach? Researchers at the University of Delaware are looking into surf-zone injuries and comparing them to the conditions on the coast.

Virginia Uber Driver Arrested For Second-Degree Sexual Assault

Detectives have arrested a 31-year-old Alexandria man who has been charged with second-degree sexual assault for allegedly touching a woman after picking her up using Uber.

What You Need To Know On The Silver Line's First Work Day

The Silver Line debuted on Saturday, but while carrying local politicians and transit aficionados is one thing, can Metro handle a normal day of rush hour service? Here are five things to watch out for.

McDonnell Corruption Trial Begins Monday

It's a first for the Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday, as Bob McDonnell becomes the first governor of Old Dominion to face potential jail time.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Unaccompanied Minors Crisis

Thousands of children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and made their way to the D.C. area. But who are they?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

First East Coast Exhibit Of Italian-American Artist's Work Opens In D.C.

The Hirshhorn is hosting the first solo exhibit of Salvatore Scarpitta to appear on the East Coast.

Ocean City Awaits Arrival Of Spanish Galleon Replica

The Eastern Shore will once again be graced with another picture of the past in the 170-foot El Galeon Andalucia, coming off filming of the NBC show "Crossbones."

Judge Strikes Down D.C. Ban On Handguns Outside Home

D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home was struck down by a federal judge on Saturday as unconstitutional — a ruling that will likely be appealed by the city.

Silver Line Opens With Big Fanfare And Crowds, Few Problems

The first phase of the Silver Line opened with quite a bit of fanfare on Saturday. And while the project has been beset by problems and delays, the first day of operation went fairly smoothly.