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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

At-Risk Salvadoran Youth Make Their Orchestral Debut At Kennedy Center

A youth symphonic orchestra and choir from a high-crime community in El Salvador made their American debut Monday with a performance at The Kennedy Center.

Retirement Of Longtime Fairfax Supervisor Prompts Contested Race

One of Fairfax County's traditionally conservative districts is up for grabs this year with the retirement

To Stem Flow Of Unaccompanied Children, Hopes Turn To $1 Billion Aid Package

Central American leaders including Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez were in town this week to make their case for why an aid package may help halt the tide of unaccompanied minors across American borders at its source.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Warren Weinstein's Death Has Local Lawmakers Debating Drone Policies

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are mourning the loss of Maryland native Warren Weinstein, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. The killing has lawmakers debating drone policies once again.

Second Phase Of Silver Line Delayed By At Least 13 Months

The second leg of the Silver Line — reaching Dulles Airport and beyond into Loudoun County — was supposed to open in 2018.

Virginia Schools Will Have To Release Budget Data Under New Legislation

Starting on July 1, all school divisions across Virginia will be required disclose all of their budgets line by line.

Expand I-66? Coalition Wants VDOT To Study Transit-First Alternative

More mass transit, more lanes on I-66 or both? Environmental and public transit advocates are pushing for the Virginia Department of Transportation to conduct more studies on the former, but their request is not expected to be granted.

Mayoral Legacies At Play In Special Elections In D.C. Wards 4 And 8

Special elections to fill two open slots on the D.C. Council will take place Tuesday, and the influence of current and former mayors in the races is one of the big questions before voters head to the ballot box.

Could Baltimore's Mayor Have Prevented Clashes With Protesters Saturday?

Protests about the death in custody of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray turned violent Saturday, with small groups of protesters clashing with fans outside an Orioles game and later with police.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Historic Landmark' Status Complicates Corcoran Renovations

Plans by George Washington University to renovate the Corcoran Gallery of Art may be thrown for a loop after D.C.'s historic preservation board designated much of the interior of the building as a historic landmark.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Americans Are Re-Embracing Driving. What Does It Mean For Transit?

New data from the federal government says Americans drove more than 220 billion miles in February, the second-most ever driven in that month. It's another among several recent signs that driving is rising again after years of either decline or stagnancy starting in 2004.

Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Prompt Smithsonian Symposium This Weekend

In Baltimore, the man who died in police custody, sparking protests across the city, will be laid to rest on Monday. Meanwhile, in D.C. this weekend, activists, academics and artists are gathering to discuss the recent cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of police.

The Bounce: Take Bandwidth’s Music News Quiz

Think you paid attention to music news this week? We'll be the judge of that.

Which Congressional Delegation Has The Most Clout?

Roll Call's David Hawkings explains the Capitol Hill publication's Clout Index.

For D.C. Food Trucks, Parking-Spot Lottery Is Now Baked Into The Industry

If you have any doubt that D.C.'s food truck industry has become one of the most competitive parts of the city's dining scene, take a look at the numbers for the monthly process for assigning downtown parking spots.