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Thursday, April 17, 2014

D.C. Considering Toll Lanes On 14th Street Bridge

Though years away, the proposal would start with carpool lanes and expand to include toll lanes on one of the busiest bridges crossing the Potomac.

D.C. Restaurant Owner And Son Plead Guilty To Bribing Taxicab Official

A restaurant owner in the District and his son are pleading guilty to making illegal payments to the head of the city's taxicab commission.

Virginia Democrats Looking To Replace Moran Rake In Big Bucks

The race to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Moran has opened the door to an epic primary season that has 10 Democrats fighting for the seat and raising scads of money to do so.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After Six Years, D.C. To Get Six More Months To Debate Zoning Code Rewrite

D.C. residents and officials have been debating changes to the city's 60-year-old zoning code for the last six years, and there will be at least another six months of discussion before the plan can be voted on.

Mizeur Backs Legal Physician-Assisted Suicide In Maryland

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Del. Heather Mizeur wants to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in Maryland.

In Wake Of Ruling, D.C. Attorney General Urges Repeal Of Campaign Finance Limit

D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan is urging city legislators to repeal a specific campaign finance limit that was recently the focus of a Supreme Court ruling.

Hot Ticket: Reservations Reopen For Tours Of Washington Monument

The Washington Monument will open to the public again in May, and the National Park Service is opening up ticket reservations for opening day and beyond.

Metro's CFO Resigns In Wake Of Damning Federal Audit

Metro's CFO Carol Kissal is resigning to take a job in the private sector, according to a memo Metro General Manager Richard Sarles distributed to agency staff today.

Berlin Wall Brought To University Of Virginia With 'Kings Of Freedom'

A massive piece of the Berlin Wall was recently delivered to the campus of the University of Virginia, adorned with a famous mural by German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun.

Analysis: Looking At The Gender Wage Gap At Non-Profits In D.C.

The wage gap between men and women is an issue that has risen to prominence in the last week, and National Journal's Shane Goldmacher explains how that gap extends to non-profits in the nation's capital as well.

Sean Combs Named Commencement Speaker At Howard University

Sean Combs — perhaps better known as Puff Daddy or P. Diddy — will receive an honorary doctorate at commencement ceremonies at Howard University this year.

D.C. Celebrates 152nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

In D.C., leaders and residents celebrate a holiday today that's unique to the nation's capital — Emancipation Day.

Virginia Republicans Pull Mark Warner Into Health Insurance Debate

Virginia lawmakers remain deadlocked on an expansion of health insurance to low-income residents in the commonwealth, and Republicans are now appealing to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

Capital Bikeshare Supplier Bought, Reopening Door To Expansion

Bixi, the company that supplies bicycles and bike stations to the Capital Bikeshare program, has been rescued from bankruptcy. But does that mean the bike sharing will resume expansion in our area?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

D.C. Attorney General Says He Supports Anti-Pay-To-Play Legislation

Attorney General Irv Nathan told the D.C. council that two proposed measures are meaningful because they reduce the appearance of conflicts of interest in city contracts.