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Monday, January 5, 2015

Bowser Calls On Republicans To Restore Norton's House Vote

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is kicking off her new administration by lobbying Congress for more representation.

Flags Fly At Half-Staff In Maryland To Honor Wicomico Vet

Sgt. Major Wardell Turner of Wicomico County was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery today, and Maryland flags are lowered in his honor.

Lawsuit Alleges Gerrymandering In 12 Virginia House Districts

Voters in 12 House districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed suit, bringing accusations of racial gerrymandering.

Streetcar Gets In 'Minor Accident' While On Test Run

Less than three weeks remain until the scheduled opening of the streetcar along H Street Northeast in Washington D.C., which shouldn't change even after a reported accident over the weekend.

Bob McDonnell Faces Sentencing Tuesday

Sentencing in the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is slated for Tuesday on 11 counts of corruption and conspiracy, which experts say could cost the Republican at least a decade in prison.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bowser Says D.C. Pot Legalization Alive Despite Congressional Attempt To Block

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city's marijuana legalization ballot initiative is safe despite congressional action to block it.

National Museum Of Women In The Arts To Receive Prestigious Prize

The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom will be awarded later this week to the D.C. museum for recognizing women's role in the arts.

Northeast D.C. Getting New Craft Distillery

One Eight Distilling is set to open this week, expanding the District's craft liquor offerings.

Prince Paul, Dan The Automator Reunite In D.C.

The hip hop duo behind the classic group Handsome Boy Modeling School came together for a brief reunion this weekend.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Racine Says He Will Fight To Protect D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Karl Racine, D.C.'s first elected attorney general, said on Friday that he will fight to ensure that the will of D.C. residents is respected, including on a marijuana ballot initiative overturned by Congress late last year.

Amid Changes And Challenges, Bowser Sworn In As D.C. Mayor

Muriel Bowser was sworn in as the District's seventh mayor on Friday morning, pledging to tackle issues big and small — even as she faces immediate challenges.

Reports Of Flu Increase Across Region As Peak Season Arrives

The month of January is peak flu season, and our region is already seeing widespread virus activity.

Bowser Set To Take Office, Along With Elected Attorney General And Legislators

D.C. gets a new mayor today, as Muriel Bowser will be sworn in along with seven D.C. Council members and the District's first ever elected attorney general.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hundreds Ride To Honor Maryland Cyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run

A 41-year-old Maryland man was struck and killed by a Maryland bishop in an apparent hit-and-run accident, and on New Year's Day, cycling advocates ride in his memory.