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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How Much Power Should Virginia's Alcohol Control Board Have?

The controversy swirling around Virginia's Alcohol Control Board is creating a new discussion about what kind of powers the agency has and whether lawmakers should change that.

In Maryland, A Push For Even Tighter Regulation Of Fracking

The Maryland House of Delegates is moving forward with a bill that would put a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Technical Glitch Causes Problems With New D.C. Ambulance Dispatch System

The new technology D.C. paramedics are using to connect with dispatchers to keep tabs on where ambulances and fire engines are located is not working properly, say city officials.

Before Texas, Maryland And Virginia Fought Confederate Flag License Plates

Long before Texas rejected a license plate design including the Confederate flag, legal battles erupted in Maryland and Virginia over what messages and images are and are not allowed on state-issued tags.

This Spring, Something New Sprouts At Local Destinations: Security Lines

Be prepared: Metal detectors are coming to Nationals Park and bag searchers to the National Zoo this spring.

Bloody Arrest Casts Renewed Scrutiny On Virginia's ABC Officers

Photos of the bloody arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson have renewed calls for Alcoholic Beverage Control officers in Virginia to wear body cameras or even strip them of the power to arrest.

Should Fairfax Spray For Cankerworms? Butterfly Fans Say 'No'

The Fall Cankerworm is a pest that can kill deciduous trees with their constant feasting, but environmentalists and wildlife advocates are urging Fairfax County officials not to spray for then.

Citizens Weigh In On Fairfax County Police Practices Following John Geer Shooting

The practices of the Fairfax County Police Department have long been shrouded in mystery, despite a number of high-profile deaths at the hands of officers. That is poised to change with the inaugural meeting of a review commission.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sequestration To Dominate Congressional Agenda This Week

More than $90 billion in automatic federal budget cuts are on the horizon if Congress fails to act, and the capital region stands to lose more than most.

DDOT Launches Another Bus Lane Study For 16th Street NW

A 3-mile stretch of 16th Street will be the subject of a year-long, $1 million study to look into what is snarling Metro's S line buses and what can be done to speed up the ride — but they're not yet sold on proposals for a dedicated bus lane.

Commission To Review Fairfax County Police Practices Meets Monday

Almost a decade ago, the Culosi family lost their son Sal when he was killed in a police raid of his home for taking bets on football games. On Monday night, a commission will meet to create proposals to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Virginia Tribes Make Progress Toward Gaining Federal Recognition

Six Native American groups, including the tribe that greeted that first English settlers in Virginia, are finally making progress toward getting recognition by the federal government.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ex-FBI Agent Matthew Lowry Charged On 64 Counts For Stealing Heroin Evidence

The former FBI agent who last year was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicles surrounded by baggies that once contained evidence in drug investigations has been charged with 64 criminal counts.

Theater J Kicks Off 4th Annual 'Locally Grown' Art Festival

An arts initiative modeled after the locavore and community supported agriculture movements kicked off this past week, with several local productions taking the stage through next month.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bill Would Lower Cost Of Printing Public Documents In Maryland

Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin is sponsoring a bill that would make state and local agencies lower the charges for documents that are sought under the Public Information Act.