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Friday, August 15, 2014

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.

Former Rapper Finds Satisfaction in Everyday Life After Moment in the Spotlight

These days, Tonya Pointer leads a pretty normal life. But she once toured the world as the rapper "Nonchalant."

This Man Thinks D.C. Theaters Are Amazing, and He Wants You to Think So, Too

For years, Victor Shargai has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser for the D.C. theater scene.

Jack Hopkins Marks 88 Years of Harmonizing on his Harmonicas

Jack Hopkins got his first harmonica at age six. 88 years later, he's still going strong.

Door to Door: Herndon, Va., and King Farm, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time, we'll visit Herndon, Va. and the King Farm neighborhood of Rockville, Md.

First African-American Park Service Director Reflects On Places We Preserve

Robert G. Stanton served as the first African American to lead the National Park service, and says these parks say a lot about how Americans view themselves.

A Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story, So That We Won't Forget

Robert Behr has told the tale of his time at a Nazi labor camp over and over again — and he says he'll continue to do so for as long as he can.

How a D.C. Dancer Helped People Heal Through Movement

Sharon Chaiklin stumbled across the burgeoning field of dance therapy in the early 1960s, and became a pioneer in using movement to help people cope with trauma.

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.

Democrats Call For Reauthorization Of Little-Known Export Import Bank

The Export Import Bank helps support U.S. businesses who sell goods abroad, but some conservative lawmakers say it amounts to corporate welfare.

Man Arrested In Connection To Toddler Shooting

Police say 24-year-old Brian Ray Campbell helped Davon Wallace, who is believed to have fatally shot 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

In McDonnell Trial, Prosecution Rests—After A Fashion Show

The government's attorneys in the McDonnell trial trotted out dozens of pieces of high-end items that the McDonnells returned to businessman Jonnie Williams after state and federal investigators started probing their relationship.