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Monday, April 27, 2015

Second Phase Of Silver Line Delayed By At Least 13 Months

The second leg of the Silver Line — reaching Dulles Airport and beyond into Loudoun County — was supposed to open in 2018.

Virginia Schools Will Have To Release Budget Data Under New Legislation

Starting on July 1, all school divisions across Virginia will be required disclose all of their budgets line by line.

Expand I-66? Coalition Wants VDOT To Study Transit-First Alternative

More mass transit, more lanes on I-66 or both? Environmental and public transit advocates are pushing for the Virginia Department of Transportation to conduct more studies on the former, but their request is not expected to be granted.

Mayoral Legacies At Play In Special Elections In D.C. Wards 4 And 8

Special elections to fill two open slots on the D.C. Council will take place Tuesday, and the influence of current and former mayors in the races is one of the big questions before voters head to the ballot box.

Could Baltimore's Mayor Have Prevented Clashes With Protesters Saturday?

Protests about the death in custody of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray turned violent Saturday, with small groups of protesters clashing with fans outside an Orioles game and later with police.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Historic Landmark' Status Complicates Corcoran Renovations

Plans by George Washington University to renovate the Corcoran Gallery of Art may be thrown for a loop after D.C.'s historic preservation board designated much of the interior of the building as a historic landmark.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Americans Are Re-Embracing Driving. What Does It Mean For Transit?

New data from the federal government says Americans drove more than 220 billion miles in February, the second-most ever driven in that month. It's another among several recent signs that driving is rising again after years of either decline or stagnancy starting in 2004.

Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Prompt Smithsonian Symposium This Weekend

In Baltimore, the man who died in police custody, sparking protests across the city, will be laid to rest on Monday. Meanwhile, in D.C. this weekend, activists, academics and artists are gathering to discuss the recent cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of police.

The Bounce: Take Bandwidth’s Music News Quiz

Think you paid attention to music news this week? We'll be the judge of that.

Which Congressional Delegation Has The Most Clout?

Roll Call's David Hawkings explains the Capitol Hill publication's Clout Index.

For D.C. Food Trucks, Parking-Spot Lottery Is Now Baked Into The Industry

If you have any doubt that D.C.'s food truck industry has become one of the most competitive parts of the city's dining scene, take a look at the numbers for the monthly process for assigning downtown parking spots.

Union, Metro Management Disagree Over 'Safety Culture' At WMATA

The D.C. region’s transit authority continues to lack a safety culture, failing to address the needs of its employees with the same urgency as it has for passengers in the wake of the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza, according to the head of the union for 8,000 Metro workers.

In D.C., You Can Now Plant A Tree With Little More Than A Click

Have a place where you'd like D.C. to plant a tree? A new website makes the whole process no more complicated than a point and click.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Does Virginia's House Of Delegates Have A Transparency Problem?

In Virginia, members of the House of Delegates consider thousands of bills during each session. But the vast majority of them are dismissed without any debate or even a recorded vote.

How Long Is Too Long To Question Police About Possible Misconduct?

Protesters in Baltimore continue to demand answers about how Freddie Gray reportedly suffered a fatal spinal injury while he was in police custody. The case is raising new questions about Maryland's Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights and the balance between due process for police officers and the public's right to know what happened.