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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fairfax Police Commission Calls For A Change To Department's Closed Culture

Public officials in Virginia — and in Fairfax County in particular — have a problem when it comes to transparency. A commission outlined the problem for the county police during a public meeting Monday night.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Silver Line Celebrates Its First Birthday With Mediocre Ridership Numbers

The new Metro line turned one year old this week — but its ridership is still below expectations.

McAuliffe Names Longtime Fairfax County Judge To Va. Supreme Court

Jane Marum Roush, known for presiding over the trials of Charles Severance and Lee Boyd Malvo, among others, would replace Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who is retiring soon.

Smithsonian Smashes Kickstarter Goal, Now Sets Sights On Mercury Suit

Kickstarter backers have ensured that Neil Armstrong's space suit will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum, but they've set a new goal that will include fellow space pioneer Alan Shepard.

Metro Working On Deal With Wireless Carriers To End Tunnel Dead Spots

The deadline set by Congress for Metro to provide cell phone coverage throughout the system has long since passed, and the latest deadline of Sept. 30 is likely to be missed as well, but a deal with wireless carriers may be close.

State Song Aside, Maryland Has Quietly Shed Some Vestiges Of The Confederacy

A bill to change the state song of Maryland, with its references to the tyrant Abraham Lincoln and "northern scum" faces an uphill battle, but recent years have seen some lower-profile references to the Confederacy and slavery broken.

Critics Outline 'Crisis Of Confidence' Between Fairfax County Police, Public

A commission created earlier this year to review the Fairfax County Police Department's conduct in several high-profile cases has some harsh criticism to deliver.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Woman Comes Face To Face With 64-Year-Old Portrait At African Art Museum

Black and white photos by S.O. Alonge captured the life and society in Nigeria as that country moved towards independence more than 60 years ago. Recently, one of the subjects of his portraits came face to face with herself.

Could New Ozone Regulations Sink D.C. Transportation Funding?

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to adopt new ozone standards later this year, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it could cost us federal funding for the Purple Line.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fairfax County Finds That A Boost Of Creativity Goes A Long Way For The Aging

Creative Aging programs have taken hold throughout the D.C. region. At one senior center in Virginia, a piano man finds energy in music, and a lady has brought a lot of friends into the program.

As Capitol Hill Debates 'Sanctuary Cities,' D.C. Comes Under Scrutiny

Under a bill introduced by a Texas Republican this week, D.C. would have to abandon its longstanding policy of limiting cooperation with federal agencies on immigration enforcement.

Feds Say Metro Needs To Chip Away At Maintenance Backlog

A top federal transportation official says her agency is ready to work with Metro to improve the safety of its rail and bus systems.

To Head Off Avian Flu, Maryland Bans Chickens At County Fairs

Maryland agricultural officials are banning poultry exhibitions at fairs starting next month, part of an attempt to stop avian flu from coming to the state.

The Chesapeake Bay Is Getting Cleaner, But Advocates Say Not Quickly Enough

The federal administrators and elected leaders overseeing the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay say there are signs that the watershed is getting cleaner. But environmental advocates say the restoration process is falling dangerously behind schedule.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

To Fight Synthetic Drugs, D.C. Looks To Hospitals For Help

D.C. officials scrambling to respond to what they say is an increase in the use of dangerous synthetic drugs are asking hospitals to help by testing patients suspected of having used the drugs.