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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Virginia Arrest Records Show Racial Disparities

Data from the Virginia State Police show that police in the commonwealth arrest African-Americans for a number of offenses at percentages that are much higher than those for white people.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Smile, You're On Camera: D.C. Police Expand Body-Worn Camera Program

The D.C. police department has decided to make permanent a program that will outfit officers with body-worn cameras.

Undocumented Immigrants Face Challenge In Getting D.C. Driver's License: Language

It's been close to a year that undocumented immigrants in D.C. have been able to apply for driver's licenses, but one significant hurdle remains: the road skills test they need to pass is only available in English.

D.C. Streetcar Line Gets A Hard Look This Week From Team Of Experts

The weeklong "peer review" of the H Street and Benning Road line will be done by officials from public transit organizations across the U.S. that have introduced streetcar lines in their own cities.

Maryland Bill Would Help Secure Fertility Coverage For Lesbian Couples

A bill active in Maryland's General Assembly would ensure that lesbian couples would be treated equally by health insurance companies when they apply for fertility coverage.

Potential Shakeups Continue For Maryland's Senate Race

Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards is expected to join the contest for Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat, and Republican Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger says he's having conversations with aides about the race.

Police Department Remains Under Pressure In Fairfax County

The Virginia county has created a new commission to look at whether police use excessive force and lack transparency. One member of the panel is already calling for the chief's resignation.

Friday, March 6, 2015

D.C. Official Says Troubled H Street Streetcar May Be Killed

The head of the D.C. Department of Transportation said on Friday that he open to killing the troubled 2.2-mile streetcar line on H Street and Benning Road NE.

The Bounce: This Week In Music News

D.C.-area music festivals announce their 2015 lineups, a reflection on Leonard Nimoy's musical life and a glimpse into touring in China.

In Maryland, Bipartisan Agreement That Mandatory Testing Needs A Moratorium

Bipartisanship was the buzzword at the start of the Maryland General Assembly session this year. But there's one topic where there is actual agreement between Democrats and Republicans: Mandatory testing of students in public schools.

Commission For Sea-Level Rise Advances In Maryland Senate, But Not Without Politics

The Maryland Senate is moving forward with creating a second state commission on climate change, but the membership on the commission is creating a political battle.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Jewish Community Primary Target Of Hate Crimes In Montgomery County

Roughly half the hate crimes reported to police in Montgomery County last year appear to have been anti-Jewish, according to a new report from police.

The Week In WAMU 88.5: Claim Your Cannabis, Sledding Disobedience

This week in WAMU 88.5, a D.C. man got his pot back from the cops, kids defied the police and sled down Capitol Hill, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement, and the city's only streetcar line got some bad news.

Maryland Senate Moves To Create Commission To Study Maternal Health

Montgomery County Democrat Brian Feldman is the sponsor of the bill that will create a commission which will study maternal mental health, a topic he says the state is far behind on.

Kennedy Center Shines Light On Spanish And Portuguese Art

The Kennedy Center is putting the spotlight on cultural contributions from the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds and beyond, including some lesser-known work by a famous Spanish artist.