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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Reform Efforts Stall As Virginia Car-Title Lenders Promise To Clean Up Their Ways

Two car-title lenders in Virginia have promised to stop using a loophole that allows them to charge unlimited interest, and some lawmakers are taking them at their word, halting efforts at regulation.

Who Were The Economic Winners And Losers During Snowzilla?

Early estimates say the costs for the nor'easter over the weekend could be as much as $1 billion, but while local governments and some local businesses were hurting, surely somebody was making out well from all this snow?

No Business Like Snow Business: For D.C. Theaters, Big Storms Can Mean Big Losses

In the world of performing arts, winter storms — like the blizzard that gripped much of the East Coast last weekend — can be financially taxing.

Monday, January 25, 2016

D.C. Public Schools May Have Closed For Teaching, But They Opened For Food

Ten D.C. public schools opened on Monday to offer students and families a free breakfast and lunch.

Airlines Still Canceling Flights From D.C. Airports Due To Effects Of Storm

As of Monday afternoon, Washington Dulles International listed 128 cancellations and 5 delays. Reagan National had 124 cancellations. Baltimore/Washington International listed 74 cancellations.

Few Snowzilla Outages Reported As Pepco Powers Through

Despite the size and strength of the blizzard that struck the D.C. region over the weekend, there were only a handful of power outages. What does this strong performance mean for Pepco's proposed merger with Exelon?

Conservative Lawmaker Responds To Transgender Protections In Fairfax County

The Fairfax County School Board voted last year to include transgender people in their non-discrimination policy — a move a conservative delegate in Virginia is trying to undo with a bill defining gender.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Feds Announce Monday Closure In Wake Of Blizzard, Limited Metro Service

No schools will be open, Metro will be running reduced service and snow still blankets the region. It's not a surprise that the federal government opted to let workers stay home on Monday.

Snow Forces Religious Groups To Get Creative Reaching D.C. Congregations

With most in the D.C. region snowbound this weekend, those conducting religious services have taken some creative approaches to reaching their flocks — including TV broadcasts, YouTube service and even a snow altar.

School Closings Rolling In As D.C. Region Digs Out From Snowzilla

This weekend's big snowstorm dropped up to 3 feet of snow in places. Attention turns to Monday, when many schools will be closed and Metro will offer only limited underground service.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

LISTEN: Yes, It's Officially A Blizzard

Angela Fritz of the Capital Weather Gang explains what it took for this weekend's storm to finally qualify as a blizzard. (It didn't happen until early Saturday evening.)

What We Know: Key Takeaways From Massive Winter Storm

High winds are making it hard to get accurate measurements of snowfall except in official locations, meteorologists said.

LISTEN: Why Is This Storm So Strong? The Capital Weather Gang Explains.

Why is Winter Storm Jonas so powerful? How much moisture is actually involved? Capital Weather Gang meteorologist Angela Fritz explains how this powerful low-pressure system turned into a blizzard.

Blizzard Update: Big Numbers, Big Dangers

Wind speeds picked up Saturday afternoon as precipitation intensified. The storm is already one of the 10 worst in history, meteorologists say.

Friday, January 22, 2016

'Death Waits For Nobody.' Funeral Homes Open For Business During Blizzard

Meteorologists have been saying for days that this weekend's storm may be an historic blizzard. But some local funeral homes are ready for whatever comes.