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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Study: 15 Percent Of Virginia Kids Live In Poverty

Virginia was ranked in the top fifth of states in measures of childhood well-being, but statistics on the economic security of families showed a decline.

Congress Unlikely To Approve Plan On Immigrant Children Until After Recess

The political response to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children in the country is largely split along partisan lines, and legislation is not forthcoming.

D.C. Council Weighs Resident Concerns About Soccer Stadium Land Swap

A key part of the proposed D.C. United stadium deal involves handing off the Reeves Center — a valuable piece of real estate in northwest that some in the District say could fetch a higher price on the open market.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Six Arrested Under Suspicion Of Killing Homeless Man

A 17-year-old girl and five men between the ages of 18 to 23 are all charged with first degree murder.

Women Charged With Funneling Money To Extremist Group

The two women, one from Virginia and the other from Washington state, are charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist network.

Former Redskins Player Fred Davis Sought On Domestic Violence-Related Charge

The athlete has been charged with assault in connection to a domestic violence incident in D.C.

Tysons Pedestrian Infrastructure Lacking Ahead Of Silver Line Opening

The Silver Line opens July 26, but pedestrian amenities like sidewalks and crosswalks are still lacking in parts of Fairfax County.

Audiences Get A Modern Look At A 19th Century Opera

Opera as seen through the lens of Google Glass? Wolf Trap is giving audiences the chance to mix technology with Bizet’s classic "Carmen" this month.

Second Person Arrested For Trying To Bring Gun Into Capitol Office Building

For the second time in a week, a person was arrested for trying to bring a gun into a congressional office building.

D.C. Has Worst Rate Of Late Mail Delivery In U.S.

An inspector general's report found that mail in D.C. was delivered after 5 p.m. more than two-thirds of the time.

More Undocumented Children Coming From Central America Under Age 12

The number of Central American children under the age of 12 coming to the U.S. unaccompanied has doubled since just last year, according to data from Pew Research.

Petworth Community Garden Could Fall Victim To D.C. School Parking Lot

A D.C. plan to pave over a community garden to put up a parking lot for a public school has urban farmers in the Petworth neighborhood fired up.

Swimmers Beware: Rockville Lake Tests Positive For Deadly Toxin

Microcystin, a toxin produced by algae, has rendered Lake Needwood in Rockville, Maryland, unswimmable for both people and pets alike.

Investigation Underway After Fatal Police Shooting In Montgomery County

Montgomery County police are investigating a shooting yesterday during which a 54-year-old Silver Spring brandished a knife and was subsequently shot by officers.

D.C. Residents To Complain To Md. Congressman About Potholes, Schools

Rep. Andy Harris, the Maryland congressman behind the effort to block D.C.’s new marijuana decriminalization law, may soon be hearing from city residents about more than just pot.

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