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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

D.C. Defends Plan For School That Would Serve Only Boys

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to open up an all-boys high school for minority students is facing new questions from the ACLU.

Where To Register For The White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery

Every Easter, the White House welcomes 30,000 people to the South Lawn for the annual easter egg roll, but tickets are allotted by lottery.

Congressional Redistricting Process In Virginia Pushed Back To September

A federal court last year found that Virginia's redistricting unfairly diluted the influence of the state's African American population, but redrawing the lines will have to wait the results of a Supreme Court appeal.

Pete Rahn Faces Scrutiny As Hogan's Pick For Maryland Transportation Secretary

Of all of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet choices, his pick for transportation secretary is the most watched, with its implications for the state's big mass transit projects.

Potential Delay Looms Over Start Of Purple Line Construction

Maryland's governor wants to give private companies a five-month extension on Purple Line bids in hopes that they can lower the costs, but supporters of the project say that push back the timeline and potentially compromise federal funds.

D.C. Area Activists Await Outcome Of Legal Battle On Deportation Protections

A federal judge moved to block President Barack Obama's executive action to extend deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants Monday, prompting an anxious response from local immigrants and activists.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Virginia Proposes Fining CSX Transportation For 2014 Oil Spill

Virginia is proposing a large fine against the freight rail carrier CSX Transportation for last year's train derailment that dumped nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the James River in Lynchburg.

Instead Of Cleaning Up Litter, D.C. Wants Kids To Learn Not To Toss It

Instead of paying to pick up litter every year, two D.C. agencies are now hoping to discourage young residents not to litter at all.

Purple Line Delay Has Supporters Worried That Light Rail Line Won't Get Built

Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in Maryland.

'Sharing Economy' Changes Transportation For The Better, Report Finds

The "sharing economy" has exposed the faults in existing consumer protection regulations, according to a report by libertarian researchers, though legacy businesses may benefit from the competition.

The Next Health Danger Targeted In Maryland: Sales Receipts?

A Montgomery County lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of sales receipts coated with the industrial chemical BPA, associated with negative health effects on unborn and infant children.

Three Separate Smoke Incidents Cloud Metro Over Weekend

Just weeks after smoke in the tunnel at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station hospitalized dozens and resulted in the death of a rider, Metro saw three different smoke incidents this weekend.

D.C. Streetcar Breaks Out In 'Flash Fire' Over Weekend

There was still more trouble for the D.C. Streetcar over the weekend, after a "flash fire" broke out on top of one of the streetcars during testing Saturday.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

University Of Virginia's Iconic Rotunda To Get $50M Facelift

A library built by Thomas Jefferson is getting a badly-needed makeover, as part of an effort that University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan says will keep the building as "an important link to the past."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Analyst: Maureen McDonnell Sentence Indicates Evolving Role Of First Lady

"The potential for corruption by a married partner of a politician has never been greater," says George Mason University professor Jeremy Meyer.