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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'Night Out Against Police Crime' Held By Activists In Fairfax County

The event was intended to rival National Night Out, a celebration of police traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August.

The Future Of D.C. Taxis: Ernest Chrappah Discusses Competition And Change

The new chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission wants to make it a nimble, innovating agency. He discussed those goals and the related challenges with WAMU 88.5's Martin Di Caro.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sentencing Reform Finds Support At Police Summit

This week, police chiefs from around the country gathered in D.C. to tackle a nationwide uptick in violent crime. Out of this summit came a handful of recommendations, but one stood out: sentencing reform.

Snakehead Fish Found In Upper Potomac River For First Time

Invasive snakehead fish have been found for the first time above Great Falls in the Potomac River, prompting concerns about their impact on native species.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lanier Meets With Other Cities' Police Chiefs To Discuss Surge In Violent Crime

With the latest violence over the weekend, D.C.'s homicide rate is now 25 percent higher than last year at this time — and the District isn't alone. Across the country, big cities are seeing upticks in violence, especially murders.

Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.

Silver Line Ridership In Tysons Well Below Metro Estimates

The number of riders using the new Silver Line has underwhelmed so far, but things like a lack of pedestrian and biking infrastructure connecting to the stations may be holding the line back, according to an internal Metro study.

WATCH: A Brit (And Some Kids) Explain Why D.C. Should Get Statehood

Leave it to a British comedian and a singing troupe of kids to explain why D.C. isn't a state — and why they think that it should be.

Virginia Republicans Put Off Meeting With Governor Over New Congressional Map

Virginia's congressional map has twice been ruled unconstitutional, but state Republicans have so far put off meeting with the state's Democratic governor to redraw the boundaries.

Will Banning Spotters Curb Predatory Towing? Probably Not, Officials Say

Montgomery County lawmakers have officially banned the use of spotters by tow companies, but officials with the county's consumer protection office say they don't expect it to fix predatory towing.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Farms, Coasts And Air Conditioning: What Climate Change Means For Virginia

Climate change presents obstacles for just about everywhere in the United States — but rising temperatures are expected to be felt keenly in a number of Virginia's important economic areas.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.

Pilot Program Makes Inmates Eligible For Education Grants

In hopes of reducing recidivism, the Obama administration is announcing a pilot program that will allow incarcerated students the ability to receive federal Pell grants for college courses.

How To Fund A Transit Project: A Purple Line Explainer

Key decisions are coming that will determine whether the 16-mile Purple Line light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton is built next year. Not surprisingly, many of them revolve around money.

Virginia's Bid To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plate Faces Judge

A judge in the Virginia city that was the final refuge for the Confederacy is set to hear arguments over the state's bid to erase the Confederate battle flag from license plates.