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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Experiment That Tried To Lift Freddie Gray's Neighborhood Out Of Poverty

Twenty-five years ago, the Baltimore neighborhood that Freddie Gray called home was the focus of a sweeping urban redevelopment program. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congressional Republicans Move To Block D.C. Laws... Again

It will be an even more uphill battle for several D.C. laws facing scrutiny in Congress since Republicans currently control both chambers.

Transit Unions See No Surprises In Federal Report On Metro Safety Lapses

Unions representing Metro transit workers say that many of the troubling findings that came out Wednesday in the Federal Transit Administration's "safety management inspection" report were unsurprising, and echo what they have long said about Metro's lack of a safety culture.

Trump's Pennsylvania Avenue Billboards: Business Ads Or Political Message?

Now that Donald Trump is once again in the field for the Republican presidential nomination, do the giant ads on Pennsylvania Avenue bearing his name represent a political message?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Complete Redrawing Of Virginia's Political Boundaries Could Be On The Way

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are expecting the governor to call a special session this summer as a reaction to a recent federal court decision throwing out the congressional districts. That could have drastic consequences that go beyond 2016.

'Serious Safety Lapses' At Metro, According To Federal Oversight Agency

The Federal Transit Administration has released a 116-page report on Metro following the deadly smoke incident in January, finding the transit agency has safety issues as specific as operational employees chatting on cell phones and as broad as system-wide maintenance issues and inconsistent management.

Longer Hours For Montgomery County Food Trucks? Student Study Suggests It

Tasked with expanding the food truck business in Montgomery County, a Wheaton High School's Innovation Lab touched on a policy solution: let the trucks keep open later.

Senators Chide Metro's 'Failure Of Leadership' In Advance Of Safety Report

Four Senate lawmakers came together Tuesday to lambast Metro for its shoddy safety culture and failure of leadership, in advance of an investigation by the Federal Transit Administration.

Chocolate, Coffee And Cold-Pressed Juices: Pot Edibles Are Coming To D.C.

In the coming weeks patients in D.C.'s medical marijuana program will be able to buy marijuana-infused chocolate bars, baked goods, juices, and even coffees and teas.

Former Aide To Harry Thomas Jr. Sentenced Sentenced For Fraud

Neil Rodgers, a former D.C. Council committee director, has been sentenced to a month in jail for channeling funds away from a  youth drug prevention program.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For Some Critters, City Life Only Gets More Appealing

From a White House hawk to foxes wandering among rowhomes, D.C. and its close-in suburbs are seeing more out-of-place wildlife than ever, the experts say.

Street Art Highlights The Plight Of Growing Numbers Of Homeless D.C. Residents

In the parking lot of Dunbar High School in Northwest D.C., about half a dozen homeless men and women of all ages and races worked on a project designed to portray the experiences of homeless residents.

As Open-Air Markets Fade, D.C. Police Shift Tactics In War On Illegal Drugs

Years ago, the war on drugs in the District was fought on the corners and in the alleys where they were openly sold. But with the market for illegal narcotics changing — and fewer open-air markets for police to target — D.C. officials are changing tactics.

Virginia To Set Up Scoring System For Future Road And Transit Projects

A scoring system to rate potential road improvements in Northern Virginia is in the works, and officials will have to decide what weight to give to factors like congestion relief.

Elected Officials, Dominion Divided Over How To Clean Up 50 Years Of Pollution

EPA rules will force Dominion Power to clean up ponds that they've used for years as a dumping ground for coal ash, but environmental advocates say measures have to go farther to protect the state's drinking water.