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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

American Eagle Foundation Looking For Names For D.C.'s Internet-Famous Eaglets

The hatching of two baby eaglets at the U.S. National Arboretum has been watching around the country — but as they grow, this pair is going to need a couple names.

Metro: Quality Cameras Should Make For Quick Arrest In Fatal Deanwood Shooting

A teenager was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon on the platform at the Deanwood Metro station. Metro officials say they expect a quick arrest because the station was equipped with good security cameras.

Capitol Back To Normal After Officers Shoot Intruder Monday

A man was shot by Capitol Police on Monday after drawing a weapon at a checkpoint at the Capitol building. Things are returning to normal Tuesday after what officials are now describing as a "criminal act."

Monday, March 28, 2016

FBI Probing Computer Virus Behind Outage At MedStar Health Facilities

A computer virus has crippled information systems at the major Washington-area hospital chain MedStar Health Inc., the FBI says.

Man Shot By Police After Drawing Weapon At Capitol Building

Capitol Police officers say a man was shot by police after drawing a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint. A female bystander also sustained minor injuries. Police categorized the incident as a criminal act.

Street And Metro Closures Set For Nuclear Security Summit

Beginning Tuesday evening, there will be potential traffic headaches for anyone trying to travel near the city's convention center.

How Governor Hogan Slimmed Down The Budget For The Purple Line

Maryland's governor pushed for cuts to proposals to build the Purple Line, and his administration is touting $550 million in savings for taxpayers. So what was cut to make the budget?

D.C. Women Facing Federal Prison Don't Get Fair Shake, Says Report

With no federal prison for women nearby, women from D.C. facing time face the prospect of a long detention far from home, according to a report from the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Private Ambulances Start Helping D.C. Fire Department Respond To Medical Calls

If you called 911 for a medical emergency in the District last week, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services would have responded — and transported you to the hospital. But starting today, you may well be getting a ride from a private ambulance.

Friday, March 25, 2016

At The Tidal Basin, It's All About The Yoshino Cherry Blossoms

Trees of the Yoshino variety make up 80 percent of the nearly 4,000 specimens at the Tidal Basin, and there are still dozens left from the original Japanese gift to the United States.

Writing About Taboos And 'The Lonely City' With Author Olivia Laing

Author Olivia Laing waxes poetic about loneliness, art history and more in conversation with The Kojo Nnamdi Show books producer Tayla Burney at a recent event at Kramerbooks.

Both D.C. And Montgomery County To Consider $15 Minimum Wage

Both D.C. and Montgomery County will take up bills this year to raise the minimum wage to $15, just like in 2013 they agreed to coordinate on raising it to $11.50 an hour.

Legendary D.C. Jazz Club Bohemian Caverns Swings For The Last Time

One of the oldest jazz venues in the country — the D.C. club Bohemian Caverns — prepares to close its doors.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

If Trump Wins GOP Nod, Gov. Hogan Says He'll Consider Voting For Another

Maryland's governor told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he's "not a Trump fan,'' and he doesn't think Trump should "be the nominee.''

Inspection Of Metro Electrical Issues Finds Hundreds Of 'Non-Emergency' Repairs

Metro officials are offering an update on the conditions that led to a Metro fire earlier this month — with board members offering stern criticisms about the transit agency's maintenance regime.