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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Street-Level Mural Project In NoMa Strives To Elevate The Neighborhood

When construction starts on the Storey Park complex in Northeast D.C., it will wipe out a one-acre burst of color. The artists who made it are hoping that once the art is gone the energy and feeling will linger.

In Chile, Trial Finally Comes For D.C. Man Allegedly Burned To Death By Authorities

Veronica De Negri has been pushing the government for justice since her son was murdered 29 years ago. Now a court in Chile is charging six former officers and soldiers for allegedly burning her son.

D.C., Virginia Lack Protections For Children In Event Of Disaster, Report Says

The group Save The Children says more needs to be done in the D.C. area to ensure that in the event of a disaster, there is a plan to account for the region's kids.

Fairfax Police Commission Calls For A Change To Department's Closed Culture

Public officials in Virginia — and in Fairfax County in particular — have a problem when it comes to transparency. A commission outlined the problem for the county police during a public meeting Monday night.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Silver Line Celebrates Its First Birthday With Mediocre Ridership Numbers

The new Metro line turned one year old this week — but its ridership is still below expectations.

McAuliffe Names Longtime Fairfax County Judge To Va. Supreme Court

Jane Marum Roush, known for presiding over the trials of Charles Severance and Lee Boyd Malvo, among others, would replace Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who is retiring soon.

Smithsonian Smashes Kickstarter Goal, Now Sets Sights On Mercury Suit

Kickstarter backers have ensured that Neil Armstrong's space suit will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum, but they've set a new goal that will include fellow space pioneer Alan Shepard.

Metro Working On Deal With Wireless Carriers To End Tunnel Dead Spots

The deadline set by Congress for Metro to provide cell phone coverage throughout the system has long since passed, and the latest deadline of Sept. 30 is likely to be missed as well, but a deal with wireless carriers may be close.

State Song Aside, Maryland Has Quietly Shed Some Vestiges Of The Confederacy

A bill to change the state song of Maryland, with its references to the tyrant Abraham Lincoln and "northern scum" faces an uphill battle, but recent years have seen some lower-profile references to the Confederacy and slavery broken.

Critics Outline 'Crisis Of Confidence' Between Fairfax County Police, Public

A commission created earlier this year to review the Fairfax County Police Department's conduct in several high-profile cases has some harsh criticism to deliver.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Woman Comes Face To Face With 64-Year-Old Portrait At African Art Museum

Black and white photos by S.O. Alonge captured the life and society in Nigeria as that country moved towards independence more than 60 years ago. Recently, one of the subjects of his portraits came face to face with herself.

Could New Ozone Regulations Sink D.C. Transportation Funding?

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to adopt new ozone standards later this year, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it could cost us federal funding for the Purple Line.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fairfax County Finds That A Boost Of Creativity Goes A Long Way For The Aging

Creative Aging programs have taken hold throughout the D.C. region. At one senior center in Virginia, a piano man finds energy in music, and a lady has brought a lot of friends into the program.

As Capitol Hill Debates 'Sanctuary Cities,' D.C. Comes Under Scrutiny

Under a bill introduced by a Texas Republican this week, D.C. would have to abandon its longstanding policy of limiting cooperation with federal agencies on immigration enforcement.

Feds Say Metro Needs To Chip Away At Maintenance Backlog

A top federal transportation official says her agency is ready to work with Metro to improve the safety of its rail and bus systems.

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