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Friday, February 12, 2016

Ward 7's Yvette Alexander On Gray's Comeback: It's 'Revenge'

At one time, Yvette Alexander was Vincent Gray's protégé. Now the former mayor is challenging her for the Ward 7 seat he held before her. Alexander calls his re-entry into politics "revenge" after his career was tarnished by scandal.

How D.C. Streetcar May Have (Finally) Made It Through The Testing Process

The D.C. Streetcar is now set to start carrying passengers "on or after Feb. 26," capping years of problems with testing and certification process spanning two mayoral administration.

Did Virginia Democrats Give Up Too Much On Gun Control Compromise?

Republicans came to Richmond this year looking for a way to lift an executive action that barred Virginia from recognizing concealed carry permits originating in 25 states. They got the deal, but Dems wonder if they conceded too much.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WMATA's Top Rail Official Resigns

Metro’s second-ranking official has resigned, according to a memo by WMATA General manager Paul Wiedefeld sent to all transit authority employees Thursday night.

Bill Proposes To Ban Guns At Public Universities In Maryland

Democrats in Maryland are looking to further tighten restrictions on guns during this year's General Assembly session.

'I Was Unable To Hold Them Accountable': Outgoing Medical Director Blasts Dysfunction At D.C. Fire And EMS

Jullette Saussy, the outgoing medical director at D.C. Fire and EMS, says the department requires sweeping reforms.

D.C. Streetcar Can Start Running As Soon As Feb. 26, Safety Agency Says

The city's first streetcar line since 1962 may start carrying passengers along the Northeast D.C. corridor “on or after Feb. 26,” according to a letter from D.C. Fire and EMS to federal transportation officials.

Communication Breakdown Led Train Operator To Ignore Red Light, Metro Says

Metro is faulting human error for a red light overrun that resulted in an Orange Line train coming within 200 feet of another train shortly after midnight on Feb. 3.

D.C. Fire And EMS Chief Rebuts Resignation Letter By Medical Director

D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean is defending his agency following the very public resignation of the department's medical director after only seven months on the job.

D.C. Plan To Build New Homeless Shelters Faces First Test: The Public

A plan proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to replace the aging homeless family shelter at D.C. General with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters gets its first test tonight, as public meetings take place across the city where residents will be able to weigh in on the proposal.

Deal To Widen I-66 Will Bring Tolls And Construction At The Same Time

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe campaigned in 2013 as a dealmaker who could work with Democrats and Republicans, and he says he's delivering on that promise through another compromise with lawmakers — this time on the thorny transportation issue of widening Interstate 66.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Metro Continues To Lose Riders, With No Quick Turnaround In Sight

While multiple factors are contributing to the downward trend, most troubling is the fact that some people simply have quit Metro because service is poor.

D.C. Schools Make Strides On Students' Health — But Still Short Of Mark

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in D.C., one DCPS is trying to address. The results so far have been an improvement, though perhaps not as much as is needed.

For Slow-Moving 16th Street Buses, Relief Will Also Come Slowly

After years of study and much prodding from frustrated commuters, the District is moving ahead with plans to designate a rush hour bus lane on one of its busiest corridors, 16th Street NW. They'll take two to four years to implement.

A Form Of Extortion Or Just Smart Planning? Va. Considers Limiting Proffers

The General Assembly has voted to rein in a system that makes demands on builders, but there are still pockets of resistance to the idea, especially in Northern Virginia.