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Monday, November 16, 2015

Gov. Hogan Says He's 'Cancer-Free' After Treatment

Maryland's governor, recovering from B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, says he will continue to get scans on a regular basis and undergo preventive health maintenance.

Dominion Power Leaning Toward Nuclear For Future Virginia Energy Mix?

Dominion Power is considering four different plans for Virginia's energy future — and a leading candidate may well be building a third nuclear reactor.

Northern Virginia Eyes Light Rail Or Major Bus System For Rt. 7 Corridor

Transportation officials are inviting the public to weigh in on proposals to build a major public transit system along the Route 7 corridor, one of the busiest in terms of traffic and development in the region.

Losing Liquor Control Could Mean Tax Increase, Warns Montgomery Co. Council

The Maryland General Assembly is considering ending liquor control, which could have a big impact on the tax rolls in Montgomery County — one of few counties which still holds control over liquor sales.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Transformed Renwick Gallery Reopens To The Public

After undergoing a large-scale renovation, the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery has reopened to the public in downtown D.C.

Donald Trump's Campaign Gets Serious In Virginia

With less than a month to go before the deadline, only one presidential candidate in either party has submitted signatures to get on the ballot in Virginia: Donald Trump.

Bowser Calls FreshPAC A 'Distraction,' Supports Decision To Shut It Down

D.C. Mayor Bowser says she supports the decision to shut down FreshPAC, the controversial political action committee that was formed by a group of her supporters to — as they described it — support her agenda.

Your Letters

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Canine Freestylers Take Center Stage At FotoWeekDC

Song and dance duos of woman and dog are the subject of a photo exhibition this week at the Spanish Cultural Center.

This Week On Metro Connection: Nov. 13, 2015

We'll find out why a tiny sliver of land honoring a pop star-turned politico is getting a new lease on life. We'll go inside FreshPAC's decision to shut down the controversial political action committee supporting D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. And we'll hear why a proposed bike lane is sparking heated debates about race, economics, and displacement.

How The Pro-Bowser FreshPAC Was Forced To Disband

This week, the treasurer of a controversial political action committee supporting D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced it would be closing down and returning hundreds of thousands of dollars to donors. Why did organizers change course, just days after the mayor strongly defended the PAC?

Door To Door: Lowes Island, Virginia, And Stronghold, D.C.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Lowes Island, Virginia, and the Stronghold neighborhood of Northeast D.C.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Video Showing Deadly Tasing Of Virginia Man Renews Debate On Stun Gun Policy

Taser-related deaths, says Justin Mazzola at Amnesty International, have "caused people to take a look not only on the use of Tasers more generally but the policies that are put in place by law enforcement regarding their use."

Feds Pressure Region's Leaders To Act On Metro Safety Before 2019 Deadline

The head of the federal agency temporarily in charge of safety oversight of Metro is calling on regional leaders to get moving on establishing a permanent safety body.

As Body-Worn Camera Use Spreads, ACLU Pitches Its Own App To Record Cops

Want to quickly record police misconduct and file a complaint with a prominent civil liberties organization? There's now an app for that.