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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

You Can Now Give Bitcoins To Political Candidates And Campaigns In D.C.

There's now a new way to donate to political campaigns in D.C.: bitcoin.

LGBT Discrimination Bill Passes In Virginia Senate

The bill inserts a policy into state law that has been adopted through executive order by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Bag Checks, Other Measures Planned For National Zoo On Certain Days

A shooting last year caused the D.C. attraction to rethink its security procedures, and it will ramp up screenings on some of its busiest days.

'No Illusions' For Starr As He Prepares To Leave Montgomery County Schools

The Maryland county's superintendant is leaving his job under public uncertainty about what conflicts led to the decision.

$1.1 Million Price Tag Disclosed For Bowser Inauguration

It took less than a month for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to disclose the cost of her inauguration, and the costs — covered by private donations — totaled $1.1 million.

Metro Agrees To Check Emergency Responder Radios Regularly

The transit agency says it will regularly check to make sure emergency responders can communicate with one another, in the hopes of avoiding another situation like the response to last month's smoke incident.

D.C.'s Salvadorans Greet Pope's Romero Announcement With 'Jubilation'

Parishioners at a Catholic church in Mount Pleasant are celebrating the declaration by the Vatican that murdered Salvadoran Monsignor Oscar Romero is a martyr of the faith.

Marion Barry University? Vincent Orange Proposes Renaming UDC

A proposal from At-Large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange would rename UDC for former mayor Marion Barry.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

With Board Support In Question, MoCo Schools Superintendent Resigns

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is resigning, leaving his post four months before his contract was up.

In Lawsuit, Gun Owners Say New D.C. Concealed Carry Law Is Unconstitutional

Another lawsuit has been filed against the District over its gun laws, this time over a new measure allowing residents and non-residents to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns — a measure that itself was the product of a lawsuit.

Why Did Richmond's CEO Leave? Community Activists Want To Know

Richmond CEO Byron Marshall recently left his position, taking with him a $160,000 severance package. Now local activists are trying to find out why.

Proposal For Montgomery County Transit Authority Scrapped

Just two months ago, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett proposed an independent transit authority for the county. After a flurry of criticism in Annapolis, the plan is beign reconsidered.

Should Guns Be Allowed On School Campuses In Virginia?

Lawmakers in Richmond yesterday debated whether residents with concealed carry permits should be allowed to bring firearms on school property after normal class hours.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Navy Yard's Building 197 Reopens For First Time Since 2013 Shooting

The Washington Navy Yard building that was the site of a mass shooting in 2013 has been reopened to employees after extensive renovations.

Montgomery County Schools Plan To Beef Up Background Checks On Employees, Contractors

After the recent arrest of a substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student, Montgomery County school leaders promised action on preventing similar incidents in the future.