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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Confidential Reporting System Slowly Builds Trust Between Metro, Rail Workers

The hotline is helping to build trust between management and the transit system's largest labor union, according to both sides in the strained relationship.

Baltimore Orioles To Host Chicago White Sox With No Fans

It is believed to be the first game without fans in Major League Baseball's 145-season history.

Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark On His Lyrics: ‘I’m Always Interested In Being Understood’

The leader of the D.C. band talks about its exuberant and adventurous new album, which was several years in the making and included public recording sessions at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.

Different Energy, Then Familiar Tension, On Baltimore's Streets

During the day, one demonstration felt more like a festival. When curfew rolled around, the conflict between police and protesters took a familiar turn.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Former Bowser Staffer Wins Seat On D.C. Council, While Ward 8 Race Undecided

Brandon Todd won the special election for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council, while in Ward 8 LaRuby May holds a narrow lead over Trayon White.

Troubled Route 1 Corridor Could Be Due For A Change

A notoriously unsafe stretch of highway could be getting a much-needed cash infusion from federal and local officials.

Metro's Federal Funding Slashed In Half In House Subcommittee

Metro has received $150 million from the federal government over the last six years, but Tuesday a House appropriations subcommittee slashed next year's funding in half, to $75 million.

At-Risk Salvadoran Youth Make Their Orchestral Debut At Kennedy Center

A youth symphonic orchestra and choir from a high-crime community in El Salvador made their American debut Monday with a performance at The Kennedy Center.

Retirement Of Longtime Fairfax Supervisor Prompts Contested Race

One of Fairfax County's traditionally conservative districts is up for grabs this year with the retirement

To Stem Flow Of Unaccompanied Children, Hopes Turn To $1 Billion Aid Package

Central American leaders including Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez were in town this week to make their case for why an aid package may help halt the tide of unaccompanied minors across American borders at its source.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Warren Weinstein's Death Has Local Lawmakers Debating Drone Policies

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are mourning the loss of Maryland native Warren Weinstein, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. The killing has lawmakers debating drone policies once again.

Second Phase Of Silver Line Delayed By At Least 13 Months

The second leg of the Silver Line — reaching Dulles Airport and beyond into Loudoun County — was supposed to open in 2018.

Virginia Schools Will Have To Release Budget Data Under New Legislation

Starting on July 1, all school divisions across Virginia will be required disclose all of their budgets line by line.

Expand I-66? Coalition Wants VDOT To Study Transit-First Alternative

More mass transit, more lanes on I-66 or both? Environmental and public transit advocates are pushing for the Virginia Department of Transportation to conduct more studies on the former, but their request is not expected to be granted.

Mayoral Legacies At Play In Special Elections In D.C. Wards 4 And 8

Special elections to fill two open slots on the D.C. Council will take place Tuesday, and the influence of current and former mayors in the races is one of the big questions before voters head to the ballot box.