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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

In Annapolis, An Arts Scene Grows

The Maryland capital — best known for its politics and maritime history — has drawn together a collection of diverse visual artists and musicians who are quite literally making a scene.

Walmart Seals Deal For Store At Skyland Center In Southeast D.C.

The retailer is now fully signed on to be the anchor of the shopping center in Ward 7.

Fairfax Police Ordered To Release Officer ID For 2013 Shooting

John Geer was fatally shot in front of his home in 2013, and after 16 months of silence, a Fairfax County judge is ordering police to release the name of the officer.

Ethics Panel Recommends Major Changes To Virginia's Redistricting Process

A panel headed by former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has laid out a series of suggestions that would radically change redistricting in the commonwealth, with the goal of removing partisan politics from the process.

Low Turnout Expected In Special Election To Replace Barbara Comstock In Virginia

There are just a few weeks left in the special election between Republican Craig Parisot and Democrat Kathleen Murphy in Virginia's 34th District, and experts say that based on recent history, things could really go either way.

Monday, December 22, 2014

D.C. Gets 'C' On Homelessness Report Card

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute released its report card on D.C.'s efforts to help homeless families. Giving the city a "C" average, the card says "the District is taking steps" that may or may not result in any real change.

DC Water Head Says Pipes Need To Be Replaced

DC Water made headlines last week, and not for good news. Now, the head of the agency says it's time for the system to be updated.

Nurses Go On Strike At MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Nurses are staging a one-day strike at MedStar Washington Hospital Center following months of negotiations between MedStar and the labor group National Nurses United.

Prison Deaths Reporting Bill By Rep. Scott Is Signed Into Law

The Death in Custory Reporting Act was renewed by Congress and signed by President Obama.

Where Are All The Deer? Hunters For The Hungry Report 17-Year Low In Donations

A Virginia organization that connects hunters in the commonwealth with local organizations that serve the hungry reports a major shortage in venison donated this year.

The Top 25 D.C. Songs Of 2014

WAMU's music site, Bandwidth, names its 25 favorite tracks from Washington-area artists in 2014.

FCC Shoots Down Petition Calling 'Redskins' Profane

A GWU law professor filed a petition with the FCC to revoke the license of a sports station co-owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, but the federal agency did not bite.

Gray Expected To Wrap Up Tenure As Mayor By Signing Pair Of Bills

The term for Mayor Vincent Gray wraps up Jan. 2, and he's expected to sign some legislation into law before his time is up.

Dulles Toll Road Riders Spared Fare Hike Thanks To Federal Loan

Drivers on the Dulles Toll Road help pay for the Silver Line with their tolls, but thanks to a new development, the amount they have to pay won't go up for several years.

Lanier: Shooting Of 2 NYPD Officers Reminds Us Police Are 'Vulnerable'

The fatal shooting of two New York Police Department officers on Saturday has hit home for police departments around the country, including the District.

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