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Monday, May 4, 2015

Illegal U-Turns Still Pose Big Problem On Pennsylvania Avenue Cycle Track

Despite promises to make it safer, the Pennsylvania Avenue cycle track in downtown D.C. continues to be plagued by illegal U-turns, leading to a spate of recent crashes.

Listen: Virginia Del. Vivian Watts On Making IDs Easier For Those With Non-Traditional Names

People with hard-to-spell names or with more than the typical number of surnames often see their names mangled at the ID office. A Virginia lawmaker talks about what's being done to change that.

Junkyard Band Bassist, Passenger Die In Motorcycle Crash

Just one day after his go-go band played a Funk Parade event, Junkyard Band bassist and manager Derek Anthony “House” Colquitt, 47, died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Waldorf, Maryland.

Maryland National Guard To Be Pulled Out Of Baltimore

At the behest of Gov. Larry Hogan, the Maryland National Guard will begin pulling out of Baltimore, where they have been stationed since last week when rioting broke out.

Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

Police in Virginia will have to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal case, a victory for privacy advocates, but a measure to limit data collection from license plate readers was shot down.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

D.C. Nonprofit Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of 'Flanders Fields'

A local non-profit is marking the 100th anniversary of a famous war poem with an event and the launch of a new fund for veterans.

Is Virginia Putting Too Many People Behind Bars?

With 2.3 million Americans now behind bars, many states are looking at alternatives to jail time for those who commit nonviolent crimes. But Virginia continues to imprison large numbers of people.

Plan To Bring Capital Bikeshare To George Washington Parkway May Be In Danger

Plans to install Capital Bikeshare stations along George Washington Memorial Parkway may be hitting a snag.

3 Arrested After Protesting GOP Move To Overturn D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act

For the first time since 1991, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn a local D.C. law. Activists for District autonomy say it's a intrusion on the city's self-government, and three of them were arrested last week during a protest.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Work To Rebuild Rock Creek Park Trail To Begin This Fall

After years of delay, work is expected to start on the popular but crumbling walking and biking trail in Washington.

Dancing, Prayer In Baltimore After Charges Announced In Freddie Gray's Death

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray — and the reaction on the streets has been visceral.

Structure In Watergate Garage Collapses, Injuring 1 Person

First responders are picking through the rubble Friday after a structure within the Watergate complex collapsed.

House Votes To Strike Down D.C. Law: Q&A With David Hawkings

The Roll Call columnist explains Thursday night's vote by the U.S. House in favor of striking down a D.C. law banning discrimination over employees' reproductive decisions.

The Bounce: Take Bandwidth’s Music News Quiz

Think you've been paying attention to music news this week? Are you a music fan in general? Then try out the music-news quiz on WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth site.

First Latina In Maryland Legislature Sets Sights On New Goal: Congress

Ana Sol Gutierrez was the first Latina elected to Maryland's State House, and now she wants to be the first Latina to represent Maryland voters in Congress.