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Friday, June 12, 2015

One Man, One Mountain, One Family Milestone To Conquer

Brian Whitmer's father and grandfather both died of heart attacks at 54. So when he saw that age coming, he responded in an unusual way -- by deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Report: Condition Of D.C. Jail 'Alarming,' Improvements Needed For Inmates

Inmates housed in the District's two detention facilities face "crumbling" infrastructure, a suicide rate that exceeds national standards and facilities for youth that are considered inadequate.

Third-Rail Hazard On Agenda For Metro Briefing

It's the transit system's first meeting since the National Transportation Safety Board revealed potential short-circuiting problems.

After A Stunning Alexandria Primary, What's Next For The Waterfront?

Is there still room for compromise on plans that would tear down old warehouses and redevelop those properties? The path forward will become clearer after November's election.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After Freddie Gray's Death, Unlikely Partnerships Emerge In Baltimore

In Baltimore, unlikely allies are teaming up in an effort to try to address disparities in the criminal justice system and problems in some of Baltimore's neighborhoods.

Vehicle-To-Vehicle Technology Is Driving The Future Of Driving

Cars that communicate with each other, and with the roads around them, may sound like something out a futuristic science-fiction movie about a time when crashes are a thing of the past and traffic jams don't happen. But the technology designed to try to create such a world is coming.

With Elder Abuse On The Rise In Montgomery County, Police Urge Awareness

The longer cases go unreported, the tougher it is to help, say officials in the Maryland county, where the elderly are the fastest-growing demographic.

Congress Again Tells D.C.: Don't Even Think About Legalizing Pot

A draft congressional spending bill would again forbid the District from legalizing the sale of marijuana, likely frustrating local efforts to create a regulated system of pot sales for a second year in a row.

Librarian Of Congress To Step Down After Nearly Three Decades

James Billington, 86, will retire on Jan. 1. He's credited with leading the library into the digital age, but he also has faced criticism for not addressing some information technology needs.

D.C. Council Casts Historic Vote On Budget, But Legal Uncertainty Remains

The D.C. Council on Wednesday cast a historic second vote on its budget, pushing forward under the assumption that the city is now free from some of the usual strictures imposed by Congress when it comes to spending local funds.

What Do Virginia's Primary Results Mean For November?

Michael Pope, Virginia reporter for WAMU 88.5 News, breaks down Tuesday's results in Alexandria's hotly contested mayoral race, as well as key races in other areas of the state.

Silver Spring Transit Center Almost Ready — Again

In what must have sounded like a familiar remark to local taxpayers, the county official overseeing the project said the future rail-and-bus hub finally is fixed.

'De-Escalation' Training Touted By Montgomery County Police Chief

The training, in place for about six years in the Maryland county, is "just as much what to do ... as what not to do," Chief Thomas Manger says.

Faced With Rash Of Overdoses, D.C. Mayor Wants To Crack Down On Synthetic Drugs

Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will ask the D.C. Council to grant her broader authority to crack down on the sale and use of synthetic drugs, which are chemically created and are marketed as incense, potpourri or bath products.

Alexandria Mayor Wasn't Only Incumbent Defeated In Virginia

Like Bill Eiulle in Alexandria's race, delegates in Winchester and Portsmouth found themselves rejected by members of their own party.

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