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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Street Art Highlights The Plight Of Growing Numbers Of Homeless D.C. Residents

In the parking lot of Dunbar High School in Northwest D.C., about half a dozen homeless men and women of all ages and races worked on a project designed to portray the experiences of homeless residents.

As Open-Air Markets Fade, D.C. Police Shift Tactics In War On Illegal Drugs

Years ago, the war on drugs in the District was fought on the corners and in the alleys where they were openly sold. But with the market for illegal narcotics changing — and fewer open-air markets for police to target — D.C. officials are changing tactics.

Virginia To Set Up Scoring System For Future Road And Transit Projects

A scoring system to rate potential road improvements in Northern Virginia is in the works, and officials will have to decide what weight to give to factors like congestion relief.

Elected Officials, Dominion Divided Over How To Clean Up 50 Years Of Pollution

EPA rules will force Dominion Power to clean up ponds that they've used for years as a dumping ground for coal ash, but environmental advocates say measures have to go farther to protect the state's drinking water.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bill In Montgomery County Would Grant Mandatory Paid Sick Leave To Workers

The bill makes all employers who don't offer paid sick leave give one hour of it to employees for every 30 hours worked. At question is the extent of the burden on small businesses.

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Open To Future D.C. Council Run

Former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray lost his re-election bid and remains under federal investigation for his 2010 campaign, but says that he may again return to elected office.

Court Stays Ruling That Overturned Key Provision Of D.C. Concealed Carry Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday evening stayed a ruling that had overturned a key provision of the District's concealed carry law, giving city officials a legal reprieve and opportunity to prepare an appeal arguing that the law is constitutional.

Backlog Of 1,600 Passenger Complaints Being Cleared, Drawing Ire Of Taxi Drivers

Taxicab passenger complaints dating back to 2012 are being scheduled for mediation, but the representatives for drivers say the process is raising important questions about due process.

Transgender Transitions More Complicated For Those Living In Rural Areas

Caitlyn Jenner has captured headlines with her plan to transition, but some experts say it's not quite so straight-forward for transgender individuals living in rural communities with more limited access to medical care.

Public Financing: Coming To A Montgomery County Election Near You

The next elections in Montgomery County aren't for a few years yet, but already would-be candidates can get insight into how to use the county's new public financing system for elections at a forum tonight.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Gazette Papers In Montgomery, Prince George's Counties To Close This Month

Post Community Media announced plans to close some of its suburban weekly newspapers in Maryland and to sell others.

Will City Have To Use Eminent Domain To Secure D.C. United Stadium Site?

City officials say D.C. United is getting a new stadium at Buzzard Point one way or another, but how they end up doing it is still very much up in the air.

Friday, June 12, 2015

As D.C. Heats Up, Advocates Urge Residents Not To Forget The Homeless

Homeless issues tend to be more in the forefront of people's minds in the winter, but that population is also particularly vulnerable on sweltering summer days. Here is how the public can help.

E-Cigarettes Banned In Montgomery County Bars, Restaurants

As of Friday, electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. It's the first such indoor ban on "vaping" in the D.C. region.

After Visit To Cuba, Rep. Beyer Discusses U.S. Relationship With Castro Regime

The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. continues to improve since an initial thaw late last year. Virginia Rep. Don Beyer recently returned from a trip to the island nation and spoke with WAMU 88.5 News about it.