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Monday, August 18, 2014

By The Numbers: Crime And Policing In D.C.

Want to know how many people were arrested in D.C. in 2013, and what they were arrested for? Curious how many people call 911 every year in D.C., and how long it takes for police to respond? Look no further.

Car Thefts In D.C. Region Continue Downward Trend

The rates of car theft in Maryland and Virginia are at historic lows, according to new reports released by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Regulators, Cabbies, Uber Agree: Illegal Street Hails Have To Stop

Agreement between Uber and D.C. taxis is rare enough, but when it comes to unaffiliated drivers picking up riders on streetcorners, all parties agree that something that needs to be done.

McDonnell Defense Begins This Week; Former Gov. Expected To Testify Last

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to take the stand in his own defense at his corruption trial in Richmond, Virginia, but legal experts say his lawyers will likely save his testimony for the very end.

Ferguson-Inspired Petition Calls For Cameras On Cops

A petition calling for all law enforcement officers in the United States to wear cameras on the person in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has gained more than 100,000 signatures.

American University Gets Proactive To Address Underground Frat

The underground fraternity Epsilon Iota drew a firestorm at American University earlier this year when a slew of sexist and racist emails were leaked, prompting a number of changes before the start of this school year.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Judge Rejects McDonnells' Motion To Dismiss

A judge has denied former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's motion to dismiss the corruption charges against him.

Are Ocean City Businesses Exploiting Exchange Students For Cheap Labor?

Homeland Security officials shut down eight henna tattoo stands on the Ocean City boardwalk this week after an investigation revealed that the stands were being run by foreign students here on visas that do not allow them to hold jobs.

Woman On Moped Struck By Truck In Chevy Chase, Dies Of Injuries

A woman struck by a truck in Chevy Chase as she rode her moped has died from her injuries.

Attorney Asks D.C. To Pay $54k In Fees For Handgun Case

The attorney who filed the lawsuit that recently led a federal judge to toss out D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is asking that the city pay him for the time he spent working on the case.

Measuring Metro's Performance: A Tight Squeeze Through The Rosslyn Bottleneck

Metro says that it tries to get 26 trains through the Rosslyn tunnel every hour, but a number of problems have seen that service drop — much to the chagrin of many commuters.

D.C. Tattoo Artists Say New Regulations Could Drive Them Out Of Business

A year-long battle over regulations for tattoo artists and body piercers in D.C. sees no signs of abating, as practitioners argue that proposed rules are unenforceable and would drive them out of business.

Virginia Watermen Call For Changes In How Blue Crab Population Is Managed

A group of commercial watermen is calling on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to radically change the way it manages the state's Blue Crab population.

Hundreds Rally In D.C. In Wake Of Shooting Of Black Missouri Teenager

A vigil to honor victims of police brutality drew hundreds of people to D.C.’s Meridian Hill Park last night.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FBI Agent: Jonnie Williams Splurged On Lavish Getaway For McDonnells

Agent David Hulser says the weekend tab at Chatham Bars Inn included more than $9,000 for food and beverages, including 16 servings of Remy Louis cognac totaling $2,400.