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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Potential End To 'Predatory Towing' In D.C. Region?

The federal highway bill slowly making its way through Congress includes a small provision many drivers in the D.C. suburbs may appreciate: It concerns so-called "predatory towing," a practice that infuriates thousands of drivers in the region every year.

Hogan: Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees In Maryland Should Stop—For Now

Joining close to two-dozen other governors, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that no more Syrian refugees should be resettled in the state until security guarantees can be offered by the federal government.

The Hidden History Of How Slavery Funded Georgetown University

Georgetown students have staged protests against campus buildings named for a former university president with a complicated history in the slave trade.

French Embassy Sees Outpouring Of Support, While D.C. Steps Up Security

Resident of the D.C. area turned up in numbers outside the French embassy to leave tokens of their grief, even as D.C. officials assess the seriousness of a threat on the nation's capital.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Metro Increases Patrols And Searches In Wake Of Paris Attacks

Metro Transit Police say they're increasing patrols and deploying K9 sweeps as a precaution in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Gov. Hogan Says He's 'Cancer-Free' After Treatment

Maryland's governor, recovering from B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, says he will continue to get scans on a regular basis and undergo preventive health maintenance.

Dominion Power Leaning Toward Nuclear For Future Virginia Energy Mix?

Dominion Power is considering four different plans for Virginia's energy future — and a leading candidate may well be building a third nuclear reactor.

Northern Virginia Eyes Light Rail Or Major Bus System For Rt. 7 Corridor

Transportation officials are inviting the public to weigh in on proposals to build a major public transit system along the Route 7 corridor, one of the busiest in terms of traffic and development in the region.

Losing Liquor Control Could Mean Tax Increase, Warns Montgomery Co. Council

The Maryland General Assembly is considering ending liquor control, which could have a big impact on the tax rolls in Montgomery County — one of few counties which still holds control over liquor sales.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Transformed Renwick Gallery Reopens To The Public

After undergoing a large-scale renovation, the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery has reopened to the public in downtown D.C.

Donald Trump's Campaign Gets Serious In Virginia

With less than a month to go before the deadline, only one presidential candidate in either party has submitted signatures to get on the ballot in Virginia: Donald Trump.

Bowser Calls FreshPAC A 'Distraction,' Supports Decision To Shut It Down

D.C. Mayor Bowser says she supports the decision to shut down FreshPAC, the controversial political action committee that was formed by a group of her supporters to — as they described it — support her agenda.

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Canine Freestylers Take Center Stage At FotoWeekDC

Song and dance duos of woman and dog are the subject of a photo exhibition this week at the Spanish Cultural Center.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Video Showing Deadly Tasing Of Virginia Man Renews Debate On Stun Gun Policy

Taser-related deaths, says Justin Mazzola at Amnesty International, have "caused people to take a look not only on the use of Tasers more generally but the policies that are put in place by law enforcement regarding their use."