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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Arguing For Return Of Late-Night Service, Advocates Pack A Metro Hearing

During an all-day public hearing Thursday at Metro’s headquarters in D.C., riders testified overwhelmingly in favor of bringing back late-night trains once the SafeTrack reconstruction program ends next spring.

Virginia's Voter-Registration Deadline Extended Through Friday

A federal judge has granted a brief extension of Virginia's voter-registration deadline after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online.

Get Used To That Travel Crate, Bao Bao: Beloved Panda To Leave National Zoo

One of the most popular residents of the National Zoo, the 3-year-old giant panda is being relocated to China for breeding purposes.

Low-Income D.C. Homebuyers Face Delays In Program That's Meant To Help Them

The District's HPAP program is meant to give low- and middle-income residents a financial boost as they look to buy a house. But administrative hiccups are delaying closing dates, threatening financing arrangements and even derailing sales.

Friday, October 21, 2016

To Help Combat Truancy, D.C. Schools Are Turning To A Smartphone App

The first-of-its-kind app is part of a larger program to improve poor attendance in D.C. public and charter schools.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Final 2016 Presidential Debate: Live Fact-Checking From NPR

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, is annotating the debate live.

Region's Long-Term Transportation Plan Lacks Key Metro Expansion Projects

Metro’s inability to lock down funding for major projects has again caused regional transportation planners to leave the transit agency’s needs out of their list of key infrastructure improvements in the coming decades.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Statehood Name Game: Council Members Opt For 'State Of Washington, D.C.'

Calling for statehood is something of an article of faith among elected officials in the District. But what to call the eventual state? That point is a bit more contested.

Newly Minted American Citizens Become Virginia Voters Just In Time For Election

Forty-two people became U.S. citizens on Monday during a ceremony at Roosevelt Island – just in time for the last day Virginia residents can register to vote.

In Long-Running Fight Over Strip Club, D.C. Zoning Officials Debate What's 'Sexual'

There isn't much that is sexy about zoning codes, but a 6-year-long fight between a D.C. strip club and a group of residents has forced zoning officials to delve into what exactly reaches the definition of "sexually-oriented."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Two People In One Home Filed 6,852 Noise Complaints Against Reagan National, Report Says

A study by researchers at George Mason University suggests that it might be wrong to conclude that entire neighborhoods in D.C. and Virginia are up in arms about noise from jets that serve Reagan National Airport.

Can Demand-Based Parking Reduce 'Agony' Of Driving In Chinatown?

D.C. is launching a pilot program on Monday to test out fluctuating parking meter rates in a three-by-eight-block area.

With Second Amendment Challenge, D.C. Moving To Lift Its Ban On Stun Guns

Faced with a lawsuit that attorneys for the city concede they likely can't win, the D.C. Council on Monday will start considering a bill that would do away the existing ban on stun guns, which use high voltage to immobilize a possible attacker.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Battle Over A Capitol Hill Block Cools Off As Commission Rejects Historic District

A plan to turn 770-foot-long Emerald Street NE into a historic district is on hold after residents expressed concerns over the additional costs it would impose and criticized the speed with which the proposal was moving forward.

Both Art And Protest, 'I Want A President' Reimagines Commander-In-Chief

Part protest, part performance art, the "I Want A President" calls for a U.S. president unlike the country has ever seen.