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Monday, June 29, 2015

How To Fund Purple Line? Questions Outnumber Answers

The state of Maryland will move forward with building the Purple Line, but only if Montgomery and Prince George's counties put more money toward the project. Where that cash will come from is anybody's guess at the moment.

'Bodysnatching' Parasite Sweeping Through Crab Populations In Chesapeake Bay

A bodysnatching parasite is spreading through crab populations in the Chesapeake Bay, and so far, the crab species at risk are of little economic consequence. But biologists say this invasive parasite has cousins that could wreak havoc with the Bay's fisheries.

Big Outdoor Parking Lots Look Like Something Else To Montgomery County

The steadily urbanizing Maryland county's surface parking lots might be convenient for motorists, but many of them also happen to be on prime real estate.

Hogan: 'I Am Feeling Healthy And Strong'

After his first treatment for an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shared his feelings on Facebook.

Virginia Republicans Choose A Presidential Primary Instead Of A Convention

Rather than holding a convention to allocate the state's delegates in the Republican presidential nominating process, the GOP will stick with its usual process: a primary election.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

After Supreme Court Ruling, What's Next For Medicaid Expansion In Virginia?

Virginia is one of the states that opted not to use federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand its Medicaid coverage for low-income families.

Mixed Reactions To Historic Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Last week the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees marriage rights for same-sex couples. It's an historic decision many are celebrating, but some say it's just one step toward equality, while others are troubled by the ruling.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Peru In The Spotlight During This Year's Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway on the National Mall through July 5, and this year's event features the South American nation of Peru.

Virginia Republicans To Decide: Primary Or Convention?

In Virginia, Republicans from across the state will be gathering in Staunton this weekend to determine how they will pick a presidential candidate. The choice is between a primary and a convention.

The U.S. Capitol, No Stranger To Symbols Of The Confederacy

Why are there so many reminders of the Confederacy and its flag throughout the U.S. Capitol? Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains.

Before It Was Legal Nationally, Here's How Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal Locally

Same-sex marriage is now permitted in all 50 states, but before Friday's Supreme Court ruling, it was already permitted in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Despite Controversy, Group Says Confederate Flag Along I-95 Will Remain

Civil rights leaders are rallying opposition to a Confederate battle flag that flies over Interstate 95 in Virginia, but the group that erected it says it's not going anywhere.

Board Approves Changes To Sex Ed In Fairfax County Schools, But With Opt-Out

The Fairfax County School is adopting changes to its sex education curriculum, despite loud complaints from opponents. But in a nod to criticism of the changes, it also voted to make a new class optional for students.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fairfax County School Board Set To Vote On New Sex-Ed Curriculum

Some Fairfax County residents have expressed their concern for the new curriculum through a flurry of angry calls and emails made during the public comment period.

Dean Of Washington National Cathedral Calls For Removal Of Confederate Imagery

Cathedral Dean Gary Hall issued a statement Thursday saying stained-glass windows honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed. Both windows depict the Confederate flag.