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Friday, November 7, 2014

Could D.C. Be The Next Big Spot For Crowdfunding Companies?

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way to raise money, and more and more equity crowdfunding firms are popping up in D.C.

Smithsonian Prepares For Leader's Goodbye, Gears Up To Raise Money

We'll talk with departing Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough about his tenure and the Institution's decision to launch its very first capital campaign.

Once-Maligned D.C. Landmark Gets Makeover As City's First 'Pod Hotel'

The bargain-basement Allen Lee Hotel in Foggy Bottom has collected its share of sketchy reviews through the years, but that's about to change.

'Slumlord Watch' Blogger Targets Urban Blight In Baltimore

Carol Ott is an "urban wanderer" with a unique mission: she identifies abandoned buildings around Baltimore, then publishes information about the sites and their owners.

Alexandria's Apothecary Museum Offers Time Capsule Of Early American Medicine

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was once a drugstore, serving the likes of Robert E. Lee and Martha Washington, now it's a time capsule to the past.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It May Not Be Hanging Chads, But Some D.C. Races Remain Too Close To Call

Over a dozen of D.C. hyperlocal races remain undecided after Election Day — and a final winner may not be known for another month.

Attention Turns To Absentee Ballots In Maryland's 6th Congressional District

Democrat John Delaney has claimed victory in Maryland's 6th District, but final resolution will have to wait on final absentee vote tallies.

With Election Behind Him, Hogan Pivots Toward Governing

Republican Larry Hogan's victory on Tuesday was just the second time a Democrat has been beaten in a Maryland gubernatorial election since the 1950s.

State Senate Seat On Maryland's Eastern Shore Still In The Air

Just 1,200 votes separate Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias from challenger Mike McDermott on the Eastern Shore, and the votes are still being tallied.

Still No Concession In Virginia's Hotly Contested Senate Race

Sen. Mark Warner has declared victory in Tuesday night's election in Virginia, but Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has yet to concede in the close senate race.

What Does Larry Hogan's Election Mean For The Purple Line?

The Republican businessman who won Tuesday's Maryland gubernatorial election might not squash the transit project as many assume.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

D.C. Could Be Overpaying By $25 Million On Soccer Stadium Deal, Analysis Says

Advocates of a proposal to build a new soccer stadium for D.C. United say it will have major benefits for the city, but a new analysis shows the city may be overpaying in the land-swap deal that would make it happen.

Bowser Says Legal Marijuana Sales May Come Sooner Rather Than Later

It's only been a day since 69 percent of D.C. voters gave approval to a ballot initiative legalizing the possession of two ounces of marijuana, but mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says that a system of retail sales of the drug may not be far off.

Listen: The Voice Of Metro Talks About The ‘Perks’ Of Being A D.C. Celebrity

Randi Miller has been the "Voice of Metro" since winning a contest in 2006. In two minutes, she explained the "perks" (we use the term loosely) of being a D.C. celebrity.

Independent Vihstadt Defeats Howze Again For Arlington County Board

Democrat Alan Howze was hoping to reverse the results of a special election for the Arlington County Board earlier this year, but independent John Vihstadt was able to win again.