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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Shutdowns Of Individual Metro Lines? Board Chairman Says It Might Be Necessary

Jack Evans says Metro's maintenance needs are so extensive that closing lines or portions of them on nights and weekends won't be sufficient.

Group Pushing Legalized Gambling In D.C. Wants To Open Casino In Anacostia

A group funded by an anonymous corporation registered in Delaware is pushing to legalize gambling in the District, first by creating a site in downtown Anacostia where people could play poker, blackjack and other card games.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Plan To Create Two Majority Minority Elementary Schools In Loudoun County Defeated

The Loudoun County School Board adopted a compromise redistricting plan Tuesday night that it says will alleviate overcrowding and close an achievement gap among English-language learners while keeping school populations diverse.

For This Off-Field Dispute, The Orioles And Nats Have Called In A Mediator

The long-running television dispute between the two Major League Baseball teams is heading to mediation.

As Pepco-Exelon Deal Enters Review Period, Opponents See Chance To Fight

Opponents of the Pepco-Exelon merger are asking D.C. regulators to reconsider their decision to approve the deal.

American Eagle Foundation Looking For Names For D.C.'s Internet-Famous Eaglets

The hatching of two baby eaglets at the U.S. National Arboretum has been watching around the country — but as they grow, this pair is going to need a couple names.

Metro: Quality Cameras Should Make For Quick Arrest In Fatal Deanwood Shooting

A teenager was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon on the platform at the Deanwood Metro station. Metro officials say they expect a quick arrest because the station was equipped with good security cameras.

Capitol Back To Normal After Officers Shoot Intruder Monday

A man was shot by Capitol Police on Monday after drawing a weapon at a checkpoint at the Capitol building. Things are returning to normal Tuesday after what officials are now describing as a "criminal act."

Monday, March 28, 2016

FBI Probing Computer Virus Behind Outage At MedStar Health Facilities

A computer virus has crippled information systems at the major Washington-area hospital chain MedStar Health Inc., the FBI says.

Man Shot By Police After Drawing Weapon At Capitol Building

Capitol Police officers say a man was shot by police after drawing a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint. A female bystander also sustained minor injuries. Police categorized the incident as a criminal act.

Street And Metro Closures Set For Nuclear Security Summit

Beginning Tuesday evening, there will be potential traffic headaches for anyone trying to travel near the city's convention center.

How Governor Hogan Slimmed Down The Budget For The Purple Line

Maryland's governor pushed for cuts to proposals to build the Purple Line, and his administration is touting $550 million in savings for taxpayers. So what was cut to make the budget?

D.C. Women Facing Federal Prison Don't Get Fair Shake, Says Report

With no federal prison for women nearby, women from D.C. facing time face the prospect of a long detention far from home, according to a report from the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Private Ambulances Start Helping D.C. Fire Department Respond To Medical Calls

If you called 911 for a medical emergency in the District last week, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services would have responded — and transported you to the hospital. But starting today, you may well be getting a ride from a private ambulance.

Friday, March 25, 2016

At The Tidal Basin, It's All About The Yoshino Cherry Blossoms

Trees of the Yoshino variety make up 80 percent of the nearly 4,000 specimens at the Tidal Basin, and there are still dozens left from the original Japanese gift to the United States.