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Friday, April 4, 2014

Family And Friends Remember Sailor Killed In Norfolk Shooting

Families and friends gathered last night to honor Mark Mayo, the sailor who was fatally shot last week in Norfolk, Va. after a gunman boarded a ship.

Fate Of Columbia Pike Streetcar Could Be Decided By Special Election

Voters are about to head to the polls in Arlington for a special election to select a new member of the Arlington County Board. The results of the election could help decide whether or not a new streetcar system is built along Columbia Pike.

Maryland Senate Bill Would Hike Minimum Wage, But Not Until 2018

The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a bill raising the state's minimum wage this morning, but it's a different version than one passed by the House of Delegates last month.

D.C. Failing To Properly Educate Adult Learners, Says Report

D.C. is home to many skilled and highly eductaed workers, but a report from D.C. Appleseed finds that the city is failing to properly serve 60,000 adult learners.

Inside One of Our Region's Last Duckpin Bowling Alleys

We visit White Oak Lanes: one of our region's last remaining duckpin bowling alleys.

Remembering The Golden Age Of Silver Spring's Flower Theatre

The Flower Theatre in Silver Spring's Long Branch neighborhood no longer functions as a movie house, but it entertained generations of residents eager to see the latest films.

Amidst Prosperity, Many In Silver Spring Struggle To Survive

While Silver Spring has long been a rare oasis of affordability, census data show a rising number of residents living in poverty.

The 'Silver Spring War': Inside The Rebirth Of A Downtown

Silver Spring wasn't always the walkable center of smart growth it is now — it took a contentious 20 years of redevelopment to bring about rebirth that residents call the "Silver Spring War."

Remembering Silver Spring's Rachel Carson, Environmental Pioneer

On the 50th anniversary of the death of Silver Spring resident Rachel Carson, a conservationist whose book Silent Spring helped kickstart the environmental movement, her legacy lives on.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Maryland House Committee Stalls On Marijuana Decriminalization

In Maryland, a House committee has voted to study marijuana decriminalization rather than act. But supporters in the Senate say the fight isn't over.

Is A Post-Election Concession Phone Call Needed? Etiquette Expert Says Yes

In the wake of his defeat on Tuesday, Mayor Vincent Gray has yet to call victor Muriel Bowser. Should he? One local etiquette columnist says it's "the right thing to do."

Former Virginia Attorneys General Come To McDonnell's Defense

Five former Virginia attorneys general are asking a federal judge to consider dismissing public corruption charges against former Governor Bob McDonnell.

With Primary Over, D.C. Hopefuls Turn Eye To Next Election

The D.C. primary may be only two days old, but that's not stopping hopeful contenders from preparing for the next election.

Search Of D.C. Park For Missing 8-Year-Old Suspended

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said today that she was suspending the search of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

Prince George's County Cop Sentenced For Smuggling Liquor And Cigarettes

A former Prince George's County police officer was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation.