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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Strengthening Laws To Protect LGBT Youth Will Be Goal For Some In Annapolis

Anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws that apply to school systems are heavy on guidelines and weak on actual penalties, one delegate says. She isn't alone.

Broken Promises And Bleak Economics Fuel El Salvador's Troubles

Part 3 of Armando Trull's series: El Salvador’s poor are getting caught in the middle of a deadly free-for-all between gangs intent on holding their positions and police forces that show unchecked aggression.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Attorneys Seek To Move Freddie Gray Trials Out Of Baltimore

A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday from the attorneys for the six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

Alexandria City Government Will No Longer Put Up Confederate Flags

A vote on Tuesday ended the city's practice of putting up Confederate flags on city property to mark Robert E. Lee's birthday and Confederate Memorial Day.

Jobs Program Needs New Emphasis On Higher-Wage Paths, Schools Chief Says

Kaya Henderson says the focus should be on high-growth, high-wage professions in hospitality, health, information technology and engineering

From Prison Cells In El Salvador, Violent Gangs Remain Connected To U.S.

Part 2 of Armando Trull's series: The prison crisis in El Salvador and gang activity in the D.C. region are part of the same dynamic, authorities say. Money flows back to leaders, even those stuck in the Central American nation's crowded cells.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

To Help Solve An Array Of Problems, Metro Seeks Outside Help

The Washington region's transit authority has never undergone such a thorough audit by outside experts.

Why Environmentalists Want To Curb Maryland's Poultry Industry

Environmentalists worry the poultry industry's growth means setbacks for the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

At Catholic Colleges Closest To D.C.'s Papal Visit, Leaders Size Up The 'Francis Effect'

Administrators at the three Catholic universities within the District's borders say Pope Francis' energy and openness has had a very real effect on them, and in multiple ways.

States And Advocacy Groups Join Legal Fight Over D.C.'s Concealed Carry Law

The legal fight over D.C.'s restrictive concealed carry law has drawn in a number of states and advocacy groups on both sides of the gun control debate.

If Metro Trains Feel Like They're Moving Slower, It's Because They Are

Issues related to the Aug. 6 derailment of a Blue Line train near the Smithsonian station are in part responsible for why your Metro rides seem to be taking a little longer than usual.

Perils Of Moto-Taxi Job May Have Followed Slain Teen To U.S., Uncle Says

Danny Centeno worked as a moto-taxi driver in Ilobasco, El Salvador, to support his family, but he fled because gangs threatened his life. "We never thought death would find him here," an uncle says about the 17-year-old shot and killed last week in Sterling, Virginia.

Though They Fled For Safety, Salvadorans Still Fight Gang Scourge From Afar

Reporter Armando Trull returns to El Salvador to look at the continuing gang violence that has driven many Salvadorans to seek refuge in the D.C. area.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Advocates Ready To Push For Paid Sick Leave, Pay Equity In Maryland

Workers issues aren't just something highlighted on Labor Day. In fact, next year's session of the Maryland General Assembly will likely be full of them.

After Losing Primary, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille Launches Write-In Campaign

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille may have lost the June Democratic primary, but that won't stop him from trying to keep the job he's held for over a decade.