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Monday, July 14, 2014

Maryland's Andy Harris Defends Move To Block D.C. Marijuana Bill

The Maryland Republican Congressman who moved to block a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in D.C. defended his actions and criticized the move to boycott businesses in his district, which includes popular tourist destination Ocean City.

Gray Makes Pitch For D.C. Streetcar Ahead Of Budget Vote Monday

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the District's spending plan last week and is now making his pitch for compromise on the budget ahead of D.C. Council's override vote on Monday.

Ridesharing Critics Urge Caution As D.C. Regulation Put On Hold

The move to regulate ridesharing services like UberX and Lyft will likely be put on hold as the D.C. Council moves towards a recess next week, but critics like Council member Mary Cheh say riders this summer may not be covered.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Virginia's Tim Kaine and other Democrats are trying to overturn the ruling with legislation they say will protect female workers.

Congressman Says He'd Support D.C. Marijuana Law If It Echoed Maryland's

Harris' comments could be an end to the dispute between him, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and supporters of D.C. voting rights, if they're not just the latest chapter.

Gray Vetoes D.C. Budget, Asks Council To Delay Summer Recess

Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the 2015 D.C. budget, and is asking the D.C. Council to suspend its upcoming summer recess to work on the spending plan for the fiscal year starting in October.

Virginia To Boost Funding For Columbia Pike Streetcar

A plan to run a streetcar between Fairfax and Arlington counties has received a boost after state officials announced they will increase funding for the project by up to $65 million.

Virginia Asks Residents For Input On Historic Preservation

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is seeking the public's point of view on historic preservation.

Families Moved Out Of D.C. General, But Advocates Worry About Pace Of Progress

Since April, D.C. has moved 198 families from the homeless shelter at D.C. General to apartments and homes, but housing advocates worry that the campaign is moving too slowly for the upcoming winter season.

Residents Of D.C. Neighborhood Mourn Grocer Killed By Robbers

A corner store in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood has become a shrine to James Oh, who was killed during a robbery on July 4.

Capital Fringe Fest's 'Bethesda' Hits Close To Home

The annual Capital Fringe Festival, which aims to bring new energy and artists to the D.C. area performing arts community, is back. This year's program includes one play that hits close to home.

Civil War Reenactment To Commemorate 150th Anniversary Of D.C.'s Ft. Stevens

Fort Stevens is the only Civil War-era fort within the District to have seen battle, and this weekend historians, residents and Civil War buffs will be observing the 150th anniversary of the battle that could have spelled disaster for the nation's capital.

No Charges For Officers In Shooting Near U.S. Capitol

The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Connecticut woman outside the U.S. Capitol last fall.

Troubled Alexandria School To Get New Building, But Will It Make A Difference?

School leaders in Alexandria are preparing for a new school year and a new start for a long-troubled school.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another Candidate Joins D.C. Attorney General Race

The latest candidate is Lateefah Williams, a 37-year-old attorney who once worked as counsel to the state Senate delegation in Prince George's County.

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