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Monday, November 2, 2015

Michael Bloomberg's Gun-Control Group A Key Player In Virginia Elections

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not be on the ballot in Virginia on Tuesday, but his organization, Everytown For Gun Safety, is wielding influence over the commonwealth's elections.

Metro's Top Candidate For General Manager Drops Out — Again

For the second time in a year, Metro is rebooting its search for a new general manager. Former financial executive Neal Cohen, whose name surfaced last week, is no longer in the running.

D.C.'s Health Care Exchange Is Now Open — Hopefully With Fewer Glitches

The enrollment period is now open for residents shopping for health insurance through D.C.'s health care exchange, and the experience should be less stressful than last year, according to the exchange's director.

D.C. Made A Change To Its Tax Law, And Caribbean Countries Aren't Happy About It

Faced with outrage from over a dozen otherwise placid Caribbean nations, D.C. officials are backtracking on a plan to openly call out countries it says allow big U.S. businesses to skip out on paying local taxes.

Jury Convicts Charles Severance In Northern Virginia Triple Murder Case

Former Alexandria resident and fringe political candidate Charles Severance has been found guilty of fatally shooting three prominent area residents in their homes over the last decade.

Violence Against Women Driving Central American Refugee Crisis, Says UN Report

The United Nations has released a new report about violence in Central America, that focuses on how women have become targets of violence by organization transnational and criminal groups.

Stakes Are High In Virginia Elections, But Turnout Expected To Be Low

Every seat in Virginia's General Assembly is up for grabs tomorrow, but even so, voter turnout is expected to be half what it was for similar elections just a few decades ago.

With Elections Looming, Head Of D.C. Elections Board Announces Departure

The head of the D.C. Board of Elections is departing the agency charged with managing the city's voter rolls and elections, leaving just as preparations ramp up for an upcoming election year that will feature both local races and the presidential contest.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Montgomery County To Raise Awareness Of Dangers On Two Roads

Montgomery County officials plan to call attention to the dangers bicyclists and pedestrians face along two roads in Bethesda: Massachusetts Avenue and River Road.

To Fight Crime, D.C. Invests In More Than Just Police

D.C. police got great publicity this week when an officer broke out her dance moves to defuse a tense situation with a group of teens. But the police department isn't the only agency involved in crime prevention.

Prosecutor Links Pot Decriminalization And Murder Spike In Prince George's County

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Friday that a jump in homicides in Prince George's County this year is likely linked to a law decriminalizing the possession of marijuana.

In Alexandria, A 200-Year-Old Question Remains: Who Was The Female Stranger?

Just who was Alexandria's "Female Stranger"? No one is sure, but there are plenty of theories.

Coming For You Uber! D.C. Cab Companies Closer To Launching E-Hailing App

D.C.'s taxi cab companies have seen business decline over the last several years as riders move to the convenience of app-based hailing services like Uber and Lyft. But they may finally be closing the gap.

On Civilian Oversight Of Police, Fairfax County Supervisor Candidates Disagree

One of the central issues in the race for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this year is whether the county needs a civilian board to review police practices.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Could Montgomery County Be The Next To Adopt Paid Family Leave?

Paid family leave is gaining traction in our region: The D.C. Council is considering an expansive program that would give Washington workers the most generous paid family leave in the U.S., and now Montgomery County is studying ways to finance a similar program.