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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Open-Government Advocates Wary Of Virginia Supreme Court Decison

A ruling by the justices in Richmond that preserves secrecy around death penalty policies is prompting new concerns about open government that go far beyond what happens in Virginia's death chamber.

D.C. Moves Forward On Rules Giving Public Access To Body Camera Video

Under a proposal approved by a D.C. Council committee, the press and public will be able to request footage from the thousands of body-worn cameras D.C. police officers will soon be outfitted with.

For New Metro Leader, Long-Term Questions Come With $6 Billion Price Tag

Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, takes over an agency with urgent problems. But there's also a longer-term, $6 billion question looming, and the answer will require cooperation from multiple players.

LISTEN: What Does A Powerful El Niño Mean For Washington's Weather?

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang explains what warmer-than-usual Pacific Ocean water temperatures might portend for regional and global weather. Will we see some blizzards this winter?

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 19, 2015

You can hear an all-American bluegrass band or see work by an American artist.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Is Sidwell Friends School Compromising Its Quaker Ethics With Plan To Unify Campus?

Is it ethical for a wealthy Quaker institution to purchase a senior citizens home and displace the home's low-income residents? Some alumni of the elite Sidwell Friends School are questioning whether the school is living up to its Quaker values.

Liquor Control May Be On The Way Out In Montgomery County — But Is It Really More Expensive?

Montgomery County is one of the few "liquor control" counties in the United States, where all liquor is sold through county-owned stores. Restaurateurs and bar owners loathe the system, but would privately-owned liquor stores benefit county residents?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fairfax County Leaders Crack Down On Car-Title Lenders

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a plan that would block car-title lenders from setting up in certain parts of the Virginia county. The new rules were effective at midnight — a rare move that shows the urgency the board felt.

Murder Is Sign Of 'Disturbing' Increase In MS-13 Gang Activity, Prosecutor Says

Information shared by federal, state and local authorities points to an upswing in activity by the MS-13 gang,  says John McCarthy, the Maryland state's attorney for Montgomery County. A murder there in early November might be related to two others.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Metro's GM Pick Looks Forward To 'Fantastic Job,' Promises 'World-Class System'

Metro's pick for a new general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, is inheriting a transit system riddled with problems. But for now, he's smiling.

A Potential End To 'Predatory Towing' In D.C. Region?

The federal highway bill slowly making its way through Congress includes a small provision many drivers in the D.C. suburbs may appreciate: It concerns so-called "predatory towing," a practice that infuriates thousands of drivers in the region every year.

Hogan: Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees In Maryland Should Stop—For Now

Joining close to two-dozen other governors, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that no more Syrian refugees should be resettled in the state until security guarantees can be offered by the federal government.

The Hidden History Of How Slavery Funded Georgetown University

Georgetown students have staged protests against campus buildings named for a former university president with a complicated history in the slave trade.

French Embassy Sees Outpouring Of Support, While D.C. Steps Up Security

Resident of the D.C. area turned up in numbers outside the French embassy to leave tokens of their grief, even as D.C. officials assess the seriousness of a threat on the nation's capital.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Metro Increases Patrols And Searches In Wake Of Paris Attacks

Metro Transit Police say they're increasing patrols and deploying K9 sweeps as a precaution in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.