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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Dwindling Chinatown, Families Fight Developer Over Fate Of Building

For the residents fighting to stay in their subsidized building in the heart of D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, it’s not just the District’s dwindling stock of affordable housing that’s at stake — but the future of the city’s Chinese-American population.

Fort Reno Concert Series In Trouble Again

Organizers of a popular summer concert series at D.C.'s Fort Reno Park say they need donations for the shows to go on.

McAuliffe And Hogan Seek To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plates

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both announced on Tuesday that they are seeking to remove the Confederate flag from specialty license plates issued in their states.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Q&A: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Cancer Diagnosis

WAMU 88.5's Maryland reporter, Matt Bush, discusses what the governor's cancer diagnosis could mean for the state's politics.

Fairfax County Could Crack Down On Car-Title Loans, Seen As Predatory

Up and down Richmond Highway, the business of car-title lending is booming. The idea is simple: Hand over the title of your car and get a loan. But some people say the terms of those loans are predatory.

Memorial Park To Red Line Victims Opens As NTSB Hearings Into Metro Death Begin

A memorial park honoring the nine victims of the 2009 Red Line crash at Fort Totten was dedicated during a solemn ceremony Monday — just a day before NTSB hearings into the latest Metro death are scheduled to begin.

Hogan Diagnosed With 'Aggressive' Cancer, Will Remain In Office During Treatment

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday that he is battling a "very advanced and very aggressive cancer," but also said that he would remain in office while receiving treatment.

‘Your Band Sucks’ Author Jon Fine: ‘I Got A Job. That Was A Big Failure’

WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth.fm chatted with the author about his memoir, the reunion of his band, and indie rock's "failed revolution."

More D.C. Police Officers To Be Outfitted With Body-Worn Cameras By Next Year

More D.C. police officers will be outfitted with body-worn cameras by the end of 2016, though funding for deployment of the cameras to every patrol officer in the city could hinge on how effective they are.

Can Virginia Loosen Its Notoriously Tight FOIA Exemptions?

The commonwealth is notoriously stingy when it comes to turning over documents and communications from state employees — something that an advisory committee is hoping to change as part of a three-year project.

Can MedStar Georgetown Deny Breast Implant Surgery To Transgender Women?

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital may be facing charges of discrimination after refusing to perform breast implant surgery for a transgender D.C. woman.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Amid Efforts To Restore Chesapeake Oysters, Watermen Get A Bad Rap

Efforts to restore populations of Chesapeake oysters have been called a "war on watermen," but experts say setting watermen against oyster restoration efforts is a false dichotomy.

Virginia Attorney General Announces Rescue Plan For Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts institution for women, will stay open for another year thanks to the efforts of prominent alumnae.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Silver Spring Library Will Lend Out E-Readers, A First For MoCo

This weekend, Montgomery County opens its latest, most modern public libary, which will let patrons check out e-readers. Located in downtown Silver Spring, the library is also designed to be a transit hub.

HBO Series 'Veep' Leaves Maryland In Its Dust

HBO's political satire program "Veep" is leaving Maryland after four years. The series scored larger tax credits from the state of California.