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Monday, August 25, 2014

D.C. Schools Offer Teachers Guidance On Discussing Ferguson

As students return to the classroom today, the city's public school system has prepared a guide for teachers who want to discuss the events surrounding the shooting of an 18-year-old by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

House Republicans Express Frustration With Absence Of Obamacare Alternative

During the last two elections, Republicans in the D.C. region campaigned on repealing and replacing "Obamacare," but House Republicans have yet to vote on a replacement plan.

Star-Spangled Banner Replica Connects Past With Present

The Maryland Historical Society displayed a replica of the star-spangled banner on Sunday — the same which famously inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the national anthem.

Metro Pays Nearly $5M To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Following an audit which found Metro mishandled millions of federal grant dollars, the transit system has settled with federal prosecutors to the tune of almost $5 million.

Nearly 1,100 New Central American Students Join D.C. Area Schools

Schools across the D.C. area are returning to the classroom this week, and hundreds of unaccompanied minors will be counted among their ranks, bringing their own unique challenges to school systems.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

McDonnell To Face Cross Examination From Prosecutors Monday

Prosecutors are expected to get their chance to ask questions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday afternoon, as they try and connect the dots between loans offered by CEO Jonnie Williams and actions by the Republican governor.

Friday, August 22, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Former Gov Defends Relationship With Jonnie Williams

On the stand today, the former Virginia governor defended his relationship with the businessman at the heart of the trial, saying it was appropriate.

Bustin' Loose In Langdon: Chuck Brown Memorial Park Unveiled

Fans and family flocked to D.C.'s Langdon neighborhood to witness the unveiling of Chuck Brown Memorial Park.

DDOT Issues New Safety Rules For Sidewalks In Construction Zones

The District's Department of Transportation has issued new rules requiring construction companies to provide safe pedestrian accommodations in work zones.

Interview: Former D.C. Police Officer Talks About Relations With the Community

Ronald Hampton served on MPD for 23 years, and this week he spoke with WAMU 88.5 this week about relations between the community and police in the 1970s and how Ferguson now reflects D.C. then.

D.C. Charter Leader Objects To Plan Setting Aside Seats For At-Risk Students

The leader of D.C.'s charter school board says that he opposes an initiative adopted by Mayor Vincent Gray that would set aside a certain percentage of seats at high-performing charter schools for at-risk students.

Despite Result, 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Bladensburg Will Be Celebrated

The 1814 Battle of Bladensburg wasn't one of America's shining moments on the battlefield, but that's not stopping Prince George's County from commemorating its 200th anniversary with a series of events this weekend.

McAuliffe Creates Task Force To Combat Campus Sexual Assaults

The task force will include college administrators, law enforcement and members of the governor's cabinet, and will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring.

As McDonnell Speaks For Third Day, Trial Against Him Becomes Therapy Session

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has spent two days speaking about the troubles of his marriage, and a third day of testimony is aimed at making the case that he could not have conspired with a wife he was barely speaking to.

'Courtesy Vans' To Serve Areas In D.C. That Taxi Drivers Stay Away From

The D.C. Taxicab Commission unveiled a plan to bring vehicle-for-hire services to underserved neighborhoods in the form of “courtesy vans,” a concession by officials that most regular cab drivers will continue to refuse to go to certain areas of D.C.

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