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Friday, July 24, 2015

102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of 'Dancing In The Wonder'

At 102, D.C. resident Marilee Shapiro Asher is still a working artist and shares her life story in a new autobiography.

Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Maryland officially stayed in the Union during the Civil War, but soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Today the state still has many symbols with Confederate ties.

Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town

An effort is underway in Georgetown to solve a mystery: whether a Muslim slave from West Africa is buried on the property he owned after gaining freedom in 1796.

New Wildlife Action Plan Takes Data-Based Approach To Protecting D.C. Ecosystems

It's easy to forget it sometimes, but the ecosystem in the D.C. region is among the most biologically diverse in the United States. New data will give conservations a better idea of how to preserve that diversity in the years and decades ahead.

The 'Prince Of Petworth' Moves Across D.C. For Better Schools

For the past decade, Dan Silverman has blogged about D.C. from his home in Petworth. Now, he's moving for a reason familiar to many of his readers: better schools.

D.C. Swim League Busting The Myth That Black People Don't Swim

In the second part of our series on District pools, we'll look at the D.C. Swim League's efforts to get more African-American youth swimming.

Maryland Proposes MagLev Marriage Between D.C., Baltimore

Taking a plane-free trip from D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes — or D.C. to New York in an hour — could soon become a reality.

Escape Rooms Playing To D.C.'s Nerdy, Competitive Crowds

Tired of meeting friends at a bar? A growing trend in the District is to spend the evening in an "escape room" — solving puzzles as a team before the clock expires.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In Petworth, Residents Fight A Developer — And The Developer Fights Back

A fight between a developer and a group of residents in the Grant Circle area of Petworth has prompted a $25 million lawsuit and allegations that the residents used the city's historic designation process to stop the renovation of three rowhouses.

Train-Safety Deadline Leaves VRE, MARC Considering Shutdowns

Dec. 31 is the federal deadline for passenger railroads to have a system in place called Positive Train Control, and the two commuter rail services say they need more time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No Charges Filed Following Police Probe Of Taser Death In Fairfax County Jail

After an investigation into the highly-scrutinized death of Natasha McKenna, a mentally ill inmate who died after being Tased in the Fairfax County jail, no charges will be brought to officers involved.

Could Hillary Clinton Win Virginia? Poll Puts Her Behind Rubio, Walker, Bush

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday says several Republican presidential candidates might hold the edge in swing state Virginia over Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Kaine Puts Focus On Defense Economy, Personnel In Kojo Nnamdi Interview

The Virginia Democrat, appearing in a special installment of the "Kojo In Your Community" series, emphasized the need for consistent federal budgeting to protect the defense industry, and he said the government should do more to help military personnel and federal workers.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red-Light Tickets In D.C. Are Dropping. Does That Mean Drivers Are Behaving Better?

For years there was a steady increase in red-light camera tickets in D.C. — tens of thousands each year. But in 2014, D.C. police issued close to 80,000 tickets, the lowest level since 2008.

Frederick County Debates Whether To Say 'Hasta Luego' To English-Only Policy

English has been the county's official language since 2012, meaning that official documents are not translated into other languages. Opponents say it's really an anti-immigration statement, and they argued that point at a hearing Tuesday night.