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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

At Annual Turkey Giveaway, Residents Warmly Remember Barry

The turkey giveaway in Ward 8 went on as it had for years past, but for one thing: the man who gave away the turkeys.

D.C. Libertarian Party Fails To Maintain Ballot Access

The D.C. Libertarian Party's brief tenure as a major political party in the city is over, meaning no more primaries and tougher rules for ballot access.

D.C. Student Groups Push Schools To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Students concerned about how their schools are contributing to climate change are pushing for divestment from fossil fuels, but at least at American University, the results have been mixed.

Listen: Civil Rights Lawyer Reacts To Ferguson Verdict

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, explains why she blames the prosecutor, and not the grand jury, for the lack of an indictment in Ferguson.

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.

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