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Friday, April 22, 2016

DCPS Chief: Resources For At-Risk Students Should 'Inspire,' Not Just 'Remediate'

In response to concerns that funding for D.C.'s at-risk students is being spent inappropriately, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says critics should keep the big picture in mind.

At D.C.'s Construction Sites, Debate Over Safety Levels For Cyclists, Pedestrians

District officials like to boast about the number of construction cranes piercing the skyline, a sign of the city’s growth. But on the ground, while old buildings are knocked down and new ones built, pedestrians and bicyclists face a temporary yet pervasive side effect: closed sidewalks and bike lanes.

A Hard Fact Of Development: More Sprawl Means More Pavement

Every year, an area the size of Rock Creek Park is paved over in the Washington region.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Man Who Flew Gyrocopter To Capitol Grounds Gets 4 Months In Jail

Florida resident Douglas Hughes was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Washington by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Bowser Plans To Submit Request For D.C. Statehood To New President And Congress

Under the plan, D.C. would be admitted to the union as the 51st state — a process that involves drafting a state constitution and holding a citywide referendum on whether the city should become a state.

Big Spending, Deep Pockets Have Colored The Primary In Maryland's 8th District

Montgomery County's 8th Congressional district has been this year's most expensive. But will spending by deep-pocket candidates yield political results constituents are looking for?

Has The Time Come To Change D.C.'s Contributory Negligence Law For Cyclists?

Under current standards, cyclists involved in an accident can be denied compensation if they are even 1 percent at fault. A bill that made it through the D.C. Council's judicial committee Thursday could move towards changing that.

Why Is There Such A Large Ethiopian Population In The Washington Region?

How did D.C. become home to 'Little Ethiopia' and 'Little Eritrea?' For the latest in our 'What's With Washington' series, reporter Matthew S. Schwartz looks into the origins.

Longest-Serving Director Of D.C. Disability Agency Departs

Laura Nuss, who led the D.C. Department on Disability Services, is departing the agency this week. Her tenure has been marked by a significant turnaround in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Virginia House Approves Lethal Injection Secrecy Proposal

The legislation, which would allow the state to shield the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal injection drugs for executions, now heads to the state Senate.

Teachers In D.C, Maryland Keep Up The Pressure As PARCC Season Is Upon Us

D.C. and Maryland schools are gearing up to administer the PARCC tests for a second year. Kavitha Cardoza checks in on how one school is changing its preparation strategy, and she talks to an academic who studies the tests' relationship to the so-called "opportunity gap."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

D.C. Mayor Fleshes Out Minimum Wage Plan, Including Boost For Tipped Workers

Mayor Muriel Bowser released details of a plan she announced last month. D.C.'s minimum wage would increase to $15 an hour by 2020, and hourly wages for tipped restaurant workers would more than double by 2022.

Feds Order 'Immediate Action' For Metro After Uncovering Slew Of Safety Defects

A recent 'safety blitz' by the Federal Transit Administration unearthed more than 200 defects with impacts on emergency preparedness and numerous violations of workplace safety rules by Metro personnel.

Monday, April 18, 2016

In John Geer Shooting, An Involuntary Manslaughter Plea From Former Officer

Adam Torres struck the plea bargain just before his murder trial was scheduled to begin in Fairfax. It calls for him to serve a 12-month sentence for killing John Geer of Springfield.

From Europe To Bolivia To D.C.: 'Mission Baroque' Finds New Life In Georgetown

Local covers of international hits aren't a new phenomenon. The Georgetown University Chamber Singers are resurrecting covers known as 'Mission Baroque' — South American takes on European Baroque music.