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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

For Spanish Bagpiper, 'Celtic Connection' Crosses Borders And Millennia

For gaita player Carlos Núñez, there's an undeniable bond between Celtic sounds and the music of his native Galicia region in Spain.

New Browser Extension May Get You Going To The D.C. Public Library More

A civic hacker in D.C. has made a new add-on for your browser that lets you know if a book is available at the local library before you hit "checkout" on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Monday, March 16, 2015

D.C. Legends Rare Essence To Be The First Go-Go Band At SXSW

The D.C. go-go ensemble has been playing locally for decades, but this week, it'll be the first to touch down at the high-profile SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Could it give D.C.'s homegrown sound a new shot at fame?

Property Taxes Due For A Change In Montgomery, Prince George's Counties?

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants to raise property taxes to help fund schools, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants property taxes down — for now.

Machen, Known For Prosecuting Corruption, To Step Down As U.S. Attorney In D.C.

U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the month after more than five years as the city's top federal prosecutor.

Charlottesville Police Turn Hidden Cameras On City Employees

Security cameras were instrumental in the investigation into the death of Heather Graham, but Charlottesville is now courting controversy by training cameras on city employees.

Senate Republican On Budget: 'It’s Never Easy When You’re Talking About Money'

Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi is the new chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and he says he's prepared to take the lead on what he says will be a budget that cuts spending and doesn't feature any gimmicks.

As Debt Limit Reached Again, More Fear Of Budget Fights And Shutdowns

Today the U.S. will reach its borrowing limit, which has the Treasury Department deploying “extraordinary measures” to continue paying its bills.

Cycling Advocates Fear D.C. Is Hitting Brakes On Building Infrastructure

Cycling advocates say that 2014 was a banner year in D.C. for the construction of bicycling infrastructure, but worry that the city will lose momentum in 2015 on building a network of protected bike lanes.

Small Business Groups Blast Senator's Investigation Of D.C. Health Exchange

Local business groups in D.C. say that Louisiana Senator David Vitter’s investigation into Congress and the city's health insurance exchange could violate the privacy of those who purchased health insurance on the exchange.

Maryland Legislator Wants State To Have An Official Tartan

Maryland has an official state drink, state exercise, state dance, and state dessert. But unlike 30 other states, it doesn't have a state tartan. That could soon change.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Warner Backs Legislation To Improve Reporting Of Campus Sexual Assaults

For the second year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for better reporting requirements for sexual assaults on college campuses.

Campaign To Save Sweet Briar College Raises Millions, Explores Legal Options

The news that Sweet Briar College in Virginia would shutter its doors later this year has not been taken lightly, as alumni and supporters of the women's liberal arts school organize a plan to save it.

On The Market: The McDonnells' $944,000 Home In Glen Allen

The soon-to-be-former home of Bob and Maureen McDonnell in Glen Allen, Virginia, was put on the market last week for nearly $1 million as the couple waits for their appeal.

Friday, March 13, 2015

In Wake Of Streetcar Battle, Tough Election, Arlington Leader To Step Down

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan, chief executive of one of the region's most prosperous governments, is stepping down at a time when it has become embroiled in controversy.