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Thursday, October 22, 2015

D.C. Buyers May Pay A Lot For A Home, But Pay Least In Property Taxes

If you can get in on the District's hot real estate market, there's a perk waiting for you: property taxes in the nation's capital are lower than anywhere in the region.

Long-Running Effort To Regulate Tattooing And Piercing In D.C. Provokes Complaints

Tattoo artists in the District are again up in arms over a proposed set of regulations they say would make it harder for them to practice their craft in the city.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Region's Transportation Board Says Yes To I-66 Toll Plans

Tolls along portions of I-66 in Virginia — both inside and outside of the Beltway — are closer to becoming a reality.

With More Body-Worn Cameras Coming, Debate Shifts To Who'll Get To See Video

Open-government advocates and D.C. officials on Wednesday debated how much access the public should have to footage from body-worn cameras, which are expected to be in use by the city's 2,800 patrol officers within the next year.

To Keep Tabs On Metro, Federal Transit Administration Will Beef Up Safety Team

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has handed off safety oversight of the Metro to Federal Transit Administration, but the federal agency will need to bring on more inspectors to keep up with the workload.

Closing The Loopholes On A Living Wage In Montgomery County

Montgomery County requires county-funded projects to pay workers a living wage — butsome employers have found ways to get around that, something some on the county council would like to fix.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

8 Virginia Political Races To Watch Ahead Of This November's Elections

Virginia is one of the few places that holds elections in odd-numbered years, which means races where turnout is expected to be low, but — given how politically divided the commonwealth has become — the stakes are high. Here are 8 key races to watch next month.

To See Fall Foliage In Its Colorful Glory In Virginia, Maryland, D.C., The Time Is Now

When is the best time to see the fall colors in D.C. regional hot spots like Skyline Drive? According to the foliage reports, there is no better time than now.

Grosso, Cheh Introduce Bill To Close D.C.'s PAC Fundraising Loophole

A loophole that allows PACs in the District to raise unlimited funds during non-election years may soon be closed.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Streetcar In '15? D.C.'s Top Transportation Official Offers No Guarantees

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser promised in September that passenger service on the city's long-delayed streetcar line would start later this year. But her top transportation official isn't making any promises.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

With Launch Of UberPOOL, Uber Enters Washington's 'Shared Rides' Market

While Uber announced the launch of the new product, it quietly informed drivers on its UberX platform that the cost of doing business is going up.

Friday, October 16, 2015

This Week On Metro Connection: Oct. 16, 2015

We'll hear why the former head of DDOT thinks Metro should be run like a bike-sharing system, and we'll ask whether anti-Metro angst on social media can translate to real change. Plus, we'll visit a nail salon in Prince George's County to meet one of the D.C. region's most recognizable Internet celebrities.

DREAMer Life In the Spotlight At Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival

Young undocumented DREAMers helped change the immigration debate in the United States. A new film chronicling DREAMers in the D.C. area is one of more than two dozen films in the second annual Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest.

How Nonprofits Are Getting Caught Up In Battle Over The Pepco-Exelon Merger

Dozens of local charities recently sent letters to D.C. regulators supporting Pepco's controversial $7 billion merger with energy giant Exelon. But what do homeless shelters and food banks have to do with the local power company?

Self-Driving Cars, More Bikes: How Gabe Klein Would Improve Mobility In D.C.

Given his expertise in transportation, we asked former D.C. Department of Transportation head Gabe Klein what he would like to see D.C. do — if cost was no issue — to improve how residents and visitors move around the nation's capital.