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Friday, March 27, 2015

D.C. Museum Remembers The Women Who Fought For Equality A Century Ago

The Sewall-Belmont House holds the single-largest collection of memorabilia related to suffrage and women's rights in the U.S.

Do Cool Stuff: The Mantra Of D.C. Uber-Marathoner John Wayne Lui

D.C. native John Wayne Lui is youngest person to run 50 marathons in 50 states in under four hours.

D.C. Public Library Pitches In To Create First-Ever Library For Inmates At D.C. Jail

Inmates at the D.C. Jail can now access something they rarely had before: books.

How A Maryland Hatchery Is Helping Chesapeake Bay Oysters Bounce Back

A team at the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery in Maryland is fast at work on their mission to repopulate the Chesapeake Bay with nearly 1 billion oysters a year.

A Maryland Town Of 14 People Manages To Keep On Keepin' On

Port Tobacco was once the second-largest city in Maryland, but two centuries later, it is the state's smallest. What does that mean for the town's handful of residents? Hans Anderson takes a look.

How A Gay Russian Couple Was Driven To Seek Asylum In D.C.

Andrei Nasonov and Igor Bazilevskii didn't want to leave their home country of Russia, but anti-gay propaganda laws, beatings by authorities, and threatening billboards prompted the couple to seek asylum in D.C. And they're not alone.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Getting More Highway Funding Via Corporate Tax Reform: Q&A With Rep. John Delaney

The federal Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of cash again. The Maryland Democrat is pushing for legislation that would shore up the fund with money from new sources.

Threats And Abuse Are Part Of The Job At Metro, Drivers And Station Managers Say

At a meeting organized by the Metro employees union, the transit system's subway station managers, bus drivers and other employees talked about the fears that come with their work.

Budget Votes Provide A Platform For Maryland's Senate Hopefuls

Wednesday night's budget votes gave Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen a chance to separate themselves politically as they position for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 2016 Senate race.

Bill On Transgender Birth Certificate Rules Advances In Maryland

Maryland's legislature is working on a bill intended to provide additional anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. This time, the measure would affect details on a person's birth certificate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Manassas, Virginia, Has Highest Rate Of Uninsured In Region, Study Says

A new study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzing data from 2012 says that Manassas has one of the highest rates of people without health insurance in the region. One in five people who live there are not insured.

Maryland Moves To Change State Privacy Law To Allow Body Camera Use By Police

A bill that would change Maryland's wiretapping law to ease the use of body cameras by police officers has taken a step forward in Annapolis.

How To Report Potholes For D.C.'s Annual Potholepalooza

The District Department of Transportation has set a bullseye on area potholes in its annual rodeo of road resurfacing.

Questions — Legal And Otherwise — Linger About Rolling Stone UVA Story

Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, this week suspended the investigation into allegations of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, but the story is still causing debate.

After-School Program Puts Message Of Respect Where Baltimore's Eyes Can See It

In a city where 15 juveniles were murdered last year, a Latino youth program is spreading a message of unity and nonviolence.