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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Investigation Begins Into Deadly Amtrak Crash In Philadelphia

The accident has closed the nation's busiest rail corridor between New York and Washington as federal investigators begin sifting through the twisted remains to determine what went wrong.

College Isn't For Everybody, Latino Activists Tell Montgomery County Schools

Programs that offer technical and career training should be expanded to better serve the county's growing population of Latino students, the activists argue.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hogan Signs Law Allowing Police To More Easily Use Body Cameras

Police departments across the state of Maryland can now issue body cameras to their officers without fear of running afoul of the state's wiretapping law.

McDonnell Lawyers Argue That Conviction Should Be Overturned

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was back in court today, this time challenging last year's conviction on charges he accepted gifts and loans in exchange for official acts.

Uber For Buses? Taking Bridj For A Test Ride

Falling somewhere between mass transit and ridesharing, a new transportation player called Bridj is billing itself as D.C.'s first pop-up bus service. Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro took it for a spin.

Virginia Watchdog Agency Investigating Exploding Medicaid Costs

The Medicaid program in Virginia has grown 1,600 percent in the last three decades, prompting lawmakers to look into whether costs can be reigned in.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Anger, Confusion Follow Metro Meltdown During Monday Commute

A report of smoke inside the Rosslyn rail tunnel — a key bottleneck between D.C. and Virginia — led to massive delays on three lines and left thousands of Metro commuters late to work Monday morning, prompting the transit authority to issue a rare apology.

'No Reason For Optimism' On Purple Line Decision In Montgomery County

A decision from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan regarding the Purple Line could come any day now, and Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal isn't feeling great about its chances.

With Appeal, Stakes Are High For Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell

The governor's two-year prison sentence is being suspended as the appeal moves forward, so tomorrow's oral arguments represent a make-or-break moment for the embattled McDonnell.

'Not Your District PAC' Takes D.C. Autonomy National

A Political Action Committee based in the District will be targeting members of Congress this campaign season who interfere in D.C. affairs.

Drop Those Sprouts — Virginia Company Issues Recall On Listeria Fears

A state lab found contamination during an analysis of sprout samples from a Virginia company, prompting a regionwide recall.

D.C. Fire Lieutenant To Be Laid To Rest Friday

DC Fire and EMS has announced the funeral arrangements for Lt. Kevin McRae, who died in the line of duty last Wednesday.

Harvest Limit On Chesapeake Menhaden Loosened, But Is It Enough?

Harvest limits on menhaden for commercial fishermen are being loosened in the Chesapeake Bay, even as the Coastal Conservation Commission agreed to start considering the impact on wildlife in future harvest limits.

License Plate Readers Move From Virginia Statehouse To Fairfax Courthouse

A law passed in Virginia this year would allow police to scan your license plate as you drive by, storing the information for two years or more. The ACLU is challenging that law in court.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Three Magi Brought Together At National Gallery

Paintings of the three biblical Magi by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens are reunited at the National Gallery of Art for the first time in more than 130 years.