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Friday, February 13, 2015

'Granny And The Boys' Get Funky As D.C.'s Most Unexpected House Band

Octogenarian Alice Donahue might not be the first person you'd expect to see leading a funk band at a hipster dive bar in D.C.

Bookend: Pediatrician Follows Her Passion For Storytelling

Nadia Hashimi took a break from her career as a pediatrician to follow her passion for writing.

A Case Of Mistaken Identity Leads To Love And Marriage

If you accidentally asked out the wrong person, how would you handle the situation?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'Healthy Dialogue' Needed On Race And Law Enforcement, Says FBI Head

The head of the FBI spoke at Georgetown University Thursday about one of the thorniest and pressing issues of the day: the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

Maryland Roads Are No Place For Horse Meat, Delegate Says

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher says carcasses of dead horses are being transported on Maryland roads bound for slaughterhouses in both Canada and Mexico, and he wants to stop it.

The Tiny Desk Contest Winner Is ...

NPR Music chose Fantastic Negrito, "a singer from Oakland with a passion that felt undeniable."

What's The Best Music Merch In D.C.?

WAMU's Bandwidth site looks at some of the more interesting items that D.C. musicians hawk at the "merch" table.

Budget Squeeze Puts Metro On A Path To Raise Fares Early

The transit agency usually proposes hikes every other year, but a 10-cent increase could be in the works this year, ahead of schedule.

Uber, Lyft Would Face Taxi-Style Rules In Virginia Under New Legislation

The ride-hailing legislation would "ensure the safety of passengers, drivers, the public, provide citizens for transportation options, and provide access for new businesses," says its House sponsor.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 12, 2015

You can see an opera about a famous femme fatale or check out an Irish-American band that isn’t afraid to make a statement.

Metro Takes More Heat From Investigators, This Time Over Ventilation Procedures

The transit agency had its claims of an improved safety culture undermined again on Wednesday when federal investigators disclosed another failure related to the fatal smoke incident on Jan. 12.

Proposal To Tax Online Hotel Bookings Hits Resistance From Travel Industry

The proposal by a Democratic state senator would apply Maryland's sales and use tax to hotel bookings made through online travel sites.

'Spirit Of Urgency' Surrounds War Powers Authorization, Kaine Says

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, one of the loudest supporters of Congress' role in authorizing U.S. war powers, says he's glad that the White House has sent a resolution to Capitol Hill.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jury Sides With D.C. Police Chief Lanier In Whistleblower Lawsuit

The two-week trial centered around whether a police commander, Hilton Burton, had been demoted for speaking out against Police Chief Cathy Lanier during a D.C. Council hearing on police escorts for celebrities.

Maryland Chief Judge Gives Rare 'State Of The Judiciary' Speech

While she didn't outline many legislative priorities or proposals, Barbera did ask for continued help from the General Assembly in updating technology used by courts. She says paper is still the predominant way records are kept and services are dispensed.