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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pleas For Asylum Enter A System That Can't Outpace Deadly Consequences

From Langley Park to rural El Salvador, the story of a legal immigrant's family illustrates how difficult it is for U.S. policies to adjust to rapid developments in Central American nations beset by violence.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LISTEN: Fairfax County School Board Leader Discusses Superintendent's Departure

Sandy Evans, chairwoman of the Fairfax County School Board, discusses the impending departure of Superintendent Karen Garza, who is taking a job with a nonprofit.

Is D.C.'s Concealed-Carry Law Constitutional? Three Judges Will Decide.

A key question for the three federal judges who heard arguments Tuesday over D.C.'s concealed-carry law: What kind of threat should make a person eligible?

D.C. Launches Cab Service For Underserved Neighborhoods in Wards 4, 7, 8

Hoping to address areas of the District which traditionally don't see as many taxicabs, the plan would run eight-seat vans along a fixed route for a flat fee.

If You're Late On Your Rent In D.C., The Fees You Pay Might Soon Be Reduced

D.C. landlords have a lot of power to decide what type of late fee you'll pay if you're late on the rent. But a new bill passed by the D.C. Council would cap late fees at 5 percent of the monthly rent.

D.C. Concealed-Carry Law Goes To Court Today. Here's What You Need To Know.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments over the constitutionality of D.C.'s concealed-carry law — and their ruling could have local and national implications.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hogan May Have Exceeded Authority on School Start Date, Says Attorney General's Office

Opponents to the later start date for Maryland schools are urging school boards to ignore Gov. Larry Hogan's mandate.

Get Your Alternative Route Ready: Beach Drive Closures Begin Thursday

The more than 25,000 daily motorists who use Beach Drive through Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington might be looking for detours come Thursday, as the National Park Service begins a three-year reconstruction project on the commuter route.

LISTEN: A Former Smithsonian Curator Recalls 'Bliss' Of Diving Into Jazz History

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday. It's the result of years of work by those who gather, study and interpret the relics of the past. Reuben Jackson used to be one of them. He reflects on how a museum comes together.

Portraying 19th Century African-American Women, D.C. Group Strives For Authenticity

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) has been presenting a slice of African-American women’s history to local and national audiences for more than a decade.

Exhibit Draws A Line From The Black Panthers To 'Black Lives Matter'

"It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice" highlights artwork from black cultural movements from the 1960s to today.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Is Virginia Suddenly Purple Again? New Poll Shows Tighter Presidential Race

Mary Washington University's Center for Leadership and Media Studies found that Democrat Hillary Clinton might only have a thin lead over Republican Donald Trump in Virginia.

LISTEN: Debate Over Confederate Monuments in Virginia, and Criminal Justice in D.C.

A conversation with The Washington Post's Robert McCartney on this week's top political stories in the region.

Amid Debate Over D.C.'s Red-Light Cameras, Study Notes That They Save Lives

Critics of D.C.'s red-light camera program say it unevenly enforces the law, dishing out fines intended to fill the District's treasury, but researchers say the community should keep the bigger picture in mind.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In D.C.'s 'Little Rome,' Development Sparks Debate Over God, Growth And Green Space

Struggling to stay afloat, three Catholic orders in D.C.'s Little Rome are looking to sell some of their land to developers. The proposed sales have sparked a debate over the character and future of a neighborhood that is both suburban in feel and Catholic in identity.