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Friday, September 4, 2015

Is A Police Tent Enough To Stop Crime?

A former D.C. police officer explains what worked during some of the city's most violent years, and what police can do today to get to the root causes of crime.

Bookend: Emily Mitchell On Writing Short Stories, Living In D.C. Area

British-born novelist and short-story writer Emily Mitchell discusses what keeps her in D.C., and why she's fallen in love with teaching writing at the University of Maryland.

New Startup Helps Former Inmates Launch Their Own Businesses

Getting back on your feet after time in prison isn't easy, and Teresa Hodge knows that first-hand. Now, she and her daughter are launching a startup to help other former inmates rebuild their lives by going into business.

After Canceling Of Streetcar, What's Plan B For Columbia Pike?

Nine months after Arlington leaders cancelled the long-planned streetcar along Columbia Pike, residents are still waiting to hear how the county will ease congestion and promote growth in the corridor.

How A Spike In Gun Violence Weighs On Residents Of Shaw, Woodland Terrace

D.C. recently marked a grim milestone: more murders in the first eight months of 2015 than all of 2014. But do residents feel less safe? We talk with people in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

So Virginia Missed Its Redistricting Deadline. What's Next?

Will a panel of federal judges take charge? Or will they kick the debate back to state lawmakers, who fumbled their previous attempt at a solution?

On Columbia Pike, Plan B is for Buses

With the vision of streetcars running up and down the five-mile corridor dead and buried, people on all sides of the debate  are anxious to see what county transportation officials will propose instead.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How Do D.C. Area Schools Decide When There's A Snow Day?

Sure, it's hot outside, but winter will be upon us before long. And with winter comes the perennial question: will tomorrow be a snowday? Area educators explain what goes into the decision.

Homeless In D.C. Can Now Get Shelter Year-Round, Instead Of Just During Winter

D.C. officials have quietly moved to open emergency shelters to homeless residents on a year-round basis instead of only during winter months, reinstating a policy that had been discontinued under former mayor Vincent Gray.

Protesters Gather In Baltimore As Hearings Begin On Freddie Gray's Death

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will present arguments on three key issues in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Panel Begins To Shape Guidelines For Police Body Cameras In Maryland

The regulations address everything from when the devices should be turned on to what to do with dysfunctional cameras.

Why An Amusement Park Has Dominion Over Virginia School Calendars

The Kings Dominion Law was passed at the behest of the amusement park, and it legally prohibits school divisions from opening before Labor Day unless they qualify for a waiver.

Attorney Sues Over D.C. Panhandling Law He Says Violates First Amendment

D.C. bans "aggressive" panhandling, but one lawyer says the city's definition of "panhandling" is unconstitutionally broad.

Even Later Start Times For Montgomery County Students Requires More Funding

Montgomery County's middle and high school students start class 20 minutes later this school year, but to start at the suggested time of 8:30 a.m. would require funds the county just doesn't have.

Speed Cameras Succeeding At Slowing Down Montgomery County Drivers

Love them or hate them, a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that speed cameras are having an effect in Montgomery County.