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Monday, January 4, 2016

Citing Financial Progress, Congresswoman Norton Says Metro Deserves A Break

As a new year begins, Congresswoman Norton says, Metro has begun to restore financial confidence and deserves less restrictive monitoring from federal transportation officials.

Renewing The Push To Oust Maryland's Pro-Confederate State Song

"Maryland, My Maryland" — the state song of Maryland since 1939 — is once again the subject of an effort to replace symbols of the Confederacy.

Will Republican Oath Trump Independent Virginia Voters?

The Republican Party of Virginia plans to require voters to pledge allegiance to the GOP in order to participate in this year's primary, but supporters of the Donald Trump campaign call the idea "ridiculous" and say it marginalizes independents.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Can 'Derelict' Franklin Square Park Revive? D.C. And The Park Service Have A Plan

Franklin Square Park looks largely the same as it did in 1935, and it's mostly deserted after business hours. The District of Columbia government and the National Park Service have a unique plan to co-manage the five-acre space after an $18 million upgrade.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Styrofoam Banned In D.C., Montgomery County Starting Jan. 1

Containers made of expanded polystyrene, or styrofoam, are banned in D.C. and Montgomery County starting New Year's Day.

Metro Offers Free Late-Night Rides For New Year's Eve

After D.C.-area revelers ring in the New Year, they'll be able to ride Metrorail and bus free until 3 a.m.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In D.C., Homelessness Is Up, But More Families Are Finding Permanent Housing

Homelessness is still on the rise in D.C., but so is the number of families leaving homeless shelters, according to the D.C. Department of Human Services.

National Zoo Cuts Hours, Prompting A Petition From Neighbors

Starting Jan. 1, the Smithsonian National Zoo will open later and close earlier, eliminating three hours of visitor time each day, and some D.C. residents aren't happy about it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Plenty Of Potential Headaches For Travelers This Week

Between weather-related delays at the airport and perennial concerns about drunk driving on the roads, traveling this week might be more perilous than normal.

Freer Gallery Closing for Renovations; Here's What To Expect On Its Return

The Freer Gallery of Art closes in early January for renovations — but the new look promises to offer something new to visitors.

Friday, December 25, 2015

NPR's Holiday Favorites

Listen to classics from David Sedaris, Jonathan Winters, Car Talk and more.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What To Know Before You Hit The Road This Holiday Season

Low gas prices and warm weather are expected to make car travel popular over the holidays, and transportation officials have some advice about navigating the coming rush.

Amid Scrutiny, Car-Title Lenders Refuse To Allow Release Of Their Reports

The fast-cash loan companies are at the center of a debate about how much information should be part of the public record and how much should remain under seal as proprietary information.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In Anacostia, 'Black Nativity' Is A D.C. Holiday Tradition All Over Again

Written by Langston Hughes, the Afrocentric telling of the Christmas story and the birth of blackness was first produced off-Broadway in 1961. It shows in D.C. through Jan. 3.

'Drive Sober,' Caution Maryland Police, Citing Holiday Spike In Drunken Driving

The holiday season is among the worst one for drunken driving, and recent incidents — including the death of a Maryland officer — have put renewed emphasis on enforcement.