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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charles Severance Objects To His Own Lawyer At Court Hearing

The man accused in three high-profile murders in Alexandria appeared in court today, and created a stir when he objected to and talked over his defense attorney.

With Agreement On Financing, D.C. United Stadium One Step Closer To Reality

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson have reached an agreement on funding for the D.C. United stadium, removing one of the last hurdles that may have tripped up the $300 million deal.

Dulles Rated The Third Most Frustrating Airport In The Country

With the winter holiday close at hand, Dulles International has been singled out as the most frustrating airport in the D.C. area for travelers.

Hoyas Wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirts Before Game Against Kansas

Georgetown University men's basketball team joined the ranks of athletes speaking out in the wake of multiple killings of unarmed black men on Wednesday night, appearing before a game against Kansas wearing t-shirts with the phrase "I can't breathe."

Sexual Assault Reported In Dorm At American University

Public safety officers at American University are asking anyone with information to come forward after reports that a student was sexually assaulted in her residence hall early Wednesday morning.

Body Cameras Coming For Montgomery County Police

With the controversy surrounding the role of police in the deaths of African-American men across the country, Montgomery County officials say body cameras are on the way.

Should Loudoun County Have Full-Day Kindergarten?

When now-Congresswoman Barbara Comstock left for Washington, she left a big issue in her wake: whether the county she represents should offer all-day Kindergarten to all students.

D.C. Leaders Angry With Move To Derail Pot Legalization, But Have Few Options

District leaders on Wednesday expressed a mix of outrage and resignation over a move by Congress to block the marijuana legalization initiative approved by the city's voters on Nov. 4.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Steeped In Tradition: The Story Of The Senate's Signature Soup

One of the long-time practices of the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” has nothing to do with bills and laws; it's all about beans, ham hocks and onions.

D.C. Area Mothers, Midwives Tout Effects Of Consuming Placenta

Despite skepticism from the medical community, the D.C. region is seeing an increase in placentophagy — that is, the practice of eating the placenta after a mother gives birth.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

After Deadly Plane Crash, MoCo Authorities Pledge To Review Air Park Policies

Montgomery County authorities say they will conduct a thorough review of policies regarding the county's air park, following Monday's jet crash into a home that killed six people.

New 95 Express Lanes Will Open Sunday, Are Toll-Free For Two Weeks

The 95 Express Lanes from Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Edsall Road in Fairfax will open this weekend, but the tolling won't begin until Dec. 29.

New 95 Express Lanes To Open Sunday, Tolling Begins Dec. 29

The new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia will open this Sunday, and tolling will begin Dec. 29, but several questions linger about the implementation.

Norton Says Congressional Bill May Not Doom D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Some say that the wording of a provision in a federal spending bill that seems to block a marijuana legalization ballot initiative will actually spare it.

Closure Of I-395 A 'Non-Starter' Says Gray

A New York-based developer will not get their wish to close a stretch of I-395 in D.C. to expedite a development project, with both the mayor and transportation officials opposing the idea.

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