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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cab Driver Who Shot Alexandria Cop Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

Prosecutors quizzed customers of Kashif Bashir — the cab driver who shot Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy — none of whom say signs of his apparent insanity.

What Would You Ask The D.C. Mayoral Candidates?

In advance of tonight's debate, WAMU 88.5 asked voters for the big questions they want answered by D.C.'s mayoral candidates.

After Pierson Resignation, Attention Turns To Reforming Secret Service

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly says the "drip, drip, drip of new leaks became insurmountable" for the outgoing Secret Service director.

When Is The Best Time To See The Leaves Change Color In The Shenandoah?

For those looking to see those beautiful fall colors in Virginia, peak foliage is likely coming in the next two or three weeks, depending on weather conditions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

19-Year-Old Sought In Murder At Bowie Swim Club

Prince George's County police are charging Deon Eugene Warren of Upper Marlboro with first degree murder.

Legitimizing 'Ridesharing' Would Shortchange Cabs, Says Jim Graham

A new proposal to legalize popular "ridesharing" services such as Uber and Lyft in D.C. would create an unfair system where regular taxicabs can't compete, critics say.

Fine-Tuning The Language Of Virginia's Child Pornography Laws

Virginia's Crime Commission has been working on fine-tuning the state's child pornography laws, but small changes to the language of the law could have tremendous consequences for the ability to prosecute.

Swimmer Michael Phelps Apologizes After DUI Arrest In Maryland

Olympic gold medalist and Baltimore native Michael Phelps is apologizing after police caught him driving intoxicated nearly 40 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Plan For Larger Bethesda Purple Line Station On Hold For Now

A deal to build a roomier Purple Line station in Bethesda never came through due to cost concerns, leaving planners in Maryland with a design that is more cramped than they wanted.

Eight Years Later, Violinist Joshua Bell Performs Metro Station Encore

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell reprised his role as Metro station musician on Tuesday, but the turnout for his performance was considerably improved.

Legal Limbo No More? Bill To Go Before D.C. Council Lays Out Ridesharing Rules

Cab drivers in D.C. have long complained that their app-based, ridesharing competition are unregulated. Now D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing a bill that would address these concerns.

Henderson Focuses On High Schools, Career Training In State Of DCPS Address

D.C. Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson gave her annual State of D.C. Public Schools speech on Tuesday night, focusing on the need to give District students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New D.C. Bill Would Require Uber To Provide Liability Insurance Coverage

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh is proposing legislation to end the regulatory vacuum critics say has placed Uber users at risk.

Prosecutors: Taxicab Driver Who Shot Police Officer Appeared 'Normal'

Defense attorneys for Kashif Bashir say the cab driver suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and he was undiagnosed and unmedicated the day he shot a police officer. The prosecution offers a different picture.

D.C. Government Workers Get Eight Weeks Of Paid Family Leave

Starting on Wednesday, the D.C. government's 30,000 employees will enjoy a perk few of their counterparts in the private sector get: paid family leave.

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