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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Marion Barry Staffer: 'No One Wants To Let Him Go'

People across the city are still reeling from the death of former mayor Marion Barry, but those who worked with Barry each day inside his council offices are among those feeling his absence most acutely.

When Is The Best Time To Travel This Thanksgiving?

Wednesday before Thanksgiving may not be the worst time after all, says one transportation planner.

Fines For Passing Montgomery County School Buses Could Double

Montgomery County officials want to double the fine for those caught illegally passing stopped school buses, but legislation might have a tough time passing at the state level.

Will You Delete Uber App Following Controversial Comments From Exec?

Uber has weathered a wave of bad publicity in recent days, following comments from a company executive that he was considering hiring researchers to dig up dirt against a journalist critical of the company.

Why Virginia's Gas Tax Will Go Up After The New Year

Expect prices at the pump to increase in the Commonwealth of Virginia next year, thanks in part to Congressional inaction on online sales tax.

D.C. Puts The Brakes On Bill To Increase Number Of Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs

Those hoping for the D.C. Council to mandate an increase in the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs — currently sitting around 20 — will have to wait until next year.

Hundreds Protest Ferguson Ruling In March To White House

After a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, hundreds of protesters marched peacefully to the White House to express their outrage at the decision.

Barry Services Still Being Planned, Could Attract Thousands Of Mourners

City officials continue working with the family of Marion Barry on plans for a funeral and memorial service, both of which they say could attract tens of thousands of mourners.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Latinos Overwhelmingly Support President Obama's Immigration Plan, Poll Says

A new poll finds that Latinos support President Obama's executive actions to provide relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants by a wide margin.

Richmond Craft Brew Fans To Serve Up Beer Rating App

University of Richmond students are creating an app to let Richmond craft beer aficionados share their thoughts on local suds in plain language.

'Imitated, But Never Duplicated': Two D.C. Legislators Remember Barry

Two of Marion Barry's colleagues on the D.C. Council remember him as a force of nature who connected with residents like few politicians can — or ever will again.

What's Next For Marion Barry's Ward 8 Council Seat?

The death of former Mayor Marion Barry not only leaves a hole in the hearts of many D.C. residents, but it leaves a vacancy on the city council.

Bethany Beach Backs Off Plan To Take Over Umbrella Business

A Delaware beach town looked to take over the beach umbrella business to fill their emergency fund, but had to change plans after an outcry from residents.

D.C. Statehood Activists Soldier On In Face Of Long Odds

With Republicans set to take the reins of both the House and Senate next year, D.C. statehood faces even longer odds than before, but that doesn't stop activists from making their case.

Ward 8 Remembers Marion Barry As Friend, Champion

The death of former Mayor Marion Barry is a devastating loss for all of D.C., but it perhaps hits hardest in Ward 8, where he maintained the most steadfast support.

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