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Friday, November 21, 2014

Inmates In Va. Challenge Solitary Confinement

The plaintiffs are seeking the same expanded privileges won by another inmate on death row.

D.C. Finishes Counting Ballots, But Some Races Will Have Recounts

It's official: all of the ballots cast in D.C.'s Nov. 4 general election have been counted. But the counting isn't totally done.

With Eye On Revenue, Fairfax County Considers Changing How Residents Recycle

Fairfax County's recycling program is simple and convenient: just throw all your recyclable materials in one bin. But now officials say single-stream recycling may be cutting into the county's revenue stream.

After Obama Speech, Local Immigrants Celebrate — While Some Hope For More

Local immigrants and activists gathered outside the White House on Thursday celebrated President Obama's executive actions on immigration, but some worry that they will still remain in the shadows until Congress acts.

Despite Work, Some Metro Escalators Are Down More Often Than Going Down

Despite the heralded replacement of many broken escalators throughout the Metro system, some of the new escalators are suffering many of the same technical problems as the units they replaced.

Deaths Push Virginia's Attorney General To Create Anti-Heroin Initiative

Holding drug dealers accountable is just one part of the strategy to fight heroin and prescription-drug abuse.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Next Hit

We'll delve into our region's sharp increase in heroin abuse, as we talk with dealers, doctors, parents and recovering addicts.

Why Kicking A Heroin Habit Can Be Especially Hard In Rural Communities

Local clinicians and officials in southern Maryland explain what exactly makes addiction in rural areas particularly difficult to beat.

A Day In The Life Of D.C.'s Needle Exchangers

Harm reduction advocates have long pushed for needle exchanges in D.C., but it often falls on secondary syringe exchangers — current and former users themselves — to actually track down addicts.

Baltimore Grapples With Label As Nation's Heroin Capital

Baltimore has been called the heroin capital of America several times, and some people say the city should use that label to push for change.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hundreds Of Students Rally At UVA In Response To Rape Allegations At Fraternity

About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia on Thursday afternoon, responding to reports of sexual violence on campus.

Drug Evidence Logs Are Focus Of Probe Into Allegations Against FBI Agent

Prosecutors in court today said they spent 12 hours looking at "chain of custody" logs from the FBI's Washington Field Office as they investigate whether FBI agent Matthew Lowry tampered with evidence.

University of Virginia Addresses Magazine Article On Rape Allegations

Already under investigation by the federal government following complaints of sexual assault on campus, the Charlottesville school is facing a new public relations nightmare.

Holiday Cheer Means Extra Attention From Montgomery County Police

Roads known for alcohol-related crashes — and hot spots for underage drinking — will be under watchful eyes.

Attorney Says D.C. Not Complying With Court's Handgun Carry Ruling

Does D.C.'s new concealed carry law comply with the July court ruling that helped create it? That was the question posed to a federal judge on Thursday.