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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fine-Tuning The Language Of Virginia's Child Pornography Laws

Virginia's Crime Commission has been working on fine-tuning the state's child pornography laws, but small changes to the language of the law could have tremendous consequences for the ability to prosecute.

Swimmer Michael Phelps Apologizes After DUI Arrest In Maryland

Olympic gold medalist and Baltimore native Michael Phelps is apologizing after police caught him driving intoxicated nearly 40 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Plan For Larger Bethesda Purple Line Station On Hold For Now

A deal to build a roomier Purple Line station in Bethesda never came through due to cost concerns, leaving planners in Maryland with a design that is more cramped than they wanted.

Eight Years Later, Violinist Joshua Bell Performs Metro Station Encore

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell reprised his role as Metro station musician on Tuesday, but the turnout for his performance was considerably improved.

Legal Limbo No More? Bill To Go Before D.C. Council Lays Out Ridesharing Rules

Cab drivers in D.C. have long complained that their app-based, ridesharing competition are unregulated. Now D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing a bill that would address these concerns.

Henderson Focuses On High Schools, Career Training In State Of DCPS Address

D.C. Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson gave her annual State of D.C. Public Schools speech on Tuesday night, focusing on the need to give District students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New D.C. Bill Would Require Uber To Provide Liability Insurance Coverage

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh is proposing legislation to end the regulatory vacuum critics say has placed Uber users at risk.

Prosecutors: Taxicab Driver Who Shot Police Officer Appeared 'Normal'

Defense attorneys for Kashif Bashir say the cab driver suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and he was undiagnosed and unmedicated the day he shot a police officer. The prosecution offers a different picture.

D.C. Government Workers Get Eight Weeks Of Paid Family Leave

Starting on Wednesday, the D.C. government's 30,000 employees will enjoy a perk few of their counterparts in the private sector get: paid family leave.

Mother Of Slain Student: 'We Are Desperate' To Find Hannah Graham

The family of murdered college student Morgan Harrington is asking the public to focus on finding Hannah Graham.

At Debate, D.C. Attorney General Hopefuls Fight To Woo The Many Undecided Voters

D.C. residents have never voted for an attorney general, and the five candidates vying for the office ahead of the first-ever election in November used a debate on Monday to try and sell themselves as the best possible contenders for the job.

Charles Severance Moved To Arlington Courthouse To Avoid Conflict Of Interest

Police have moved Charles Severance to the Arlington Courthouse to await trial for three high-profile murders, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest for Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, who has ties to a victim.

DDOT Remains Mum On Key Streetcar Questions As Safety Campaign Begins

The District Department of Transportation is teaching kids about streetcar safety ahead of the 2.4-mile system's opening. But students presented pointed questions that officials were not able to answer.

Congress To Grill Head Of Secret Service On White House Gate Jumper

Following news that Army veteran Omar Gonzalez penetrated further into the White House than originally reported, Congressional lawmakers will demand answers today from the head of Secret Service.

Forensics Ties Hannah Graham Disappearance To 2009 Murder

The disappearance of UVA student Hannah Graham may be linked to a similar case where a Virginia Tech student was abducted and murdered in 2009.

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