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Sunday, August 24, 2014

McDonnell To Face Cross Examination From Prosecutors Monday

Prosecutors are expected to get their chance to ask questions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday afternoon, as they try and connect the dots between loans offered by CEO Jonnie Williams and actions by the Republican governor.

Friday, August 22, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Former Gov Defends Relationship With Jonnie Williams

On the stand today, the former Virginia governor defended his relationship with the businessman at the heart of the trial, saying it was appropriate.

Bustin' Loose In Langdon: Chuck Brown Memorial Park Unveiled

Fans and family flocked to D.C.'s Langdon neighborhood to witness the unveiling of Chuck Brown Memorial Park.

DDOT Issues New Safety Rules For Sidewalks In Construction Zones

The District's Department of Transportation has issued new rules requiring construction companies to provide safe pedestrian accommodations in work zones.

Interview: Former D.C. Police Officer Talks About Relations With the Community

Ronald Hampton served on MPD for 23 years, and this week he spoke with WAMU 88.5 this week about relations between the community and police in the 1970s and how Ferguson now reflects D.C. then.

D.C. Charter Leader Objects To Plan Setting Aside Seats For At-Risk Students

The leader of D.C.'s charter school board says that he opposes an initiative adopted by Mayor Vincent Gray that would set aside a certain percentage of seats at high-performing charter schools for at-risk students.

Despite Result, 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Bladensburg Will Be Celebrated

The 1814 Battle of Bladensburg wasn't one of America's shining moments on the battlefield, but that's not stopping Prince George's County from commemorating its 200th anniversary with a series of events this weekend.

McAuliffe Creates Task Force To Combat Campus Sexual Assaults

The task force will include college administrators, law enforcement and members of the governor's cabinet, and will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring.

As McDonnell Speaks For Third Day, Trial Against Him Becomes Therapy Session

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has spent two days speaking about the troubles of his marriage, and a third day of testimony is aimed at making the case that he could not have conspired with a wife he was barely speaking to.

'Courtesy Vans' To Serve Areas In D.C. That Taxi Drivers Stay Away From

The D.C. Taxicab Commission unveiled a plan to bring vehicle-for-hire services to underserved neighborhoods in the form of “courtesy vans,” a concession by officials that most regular cab drivers will continue to refuse to go to certain areas of D.C.

This Week on Metro Connection: Crack, The Drug That Consumed D.C.

This week, we revisit our hour-long documentary, "Crack: The Drug That Consumed The Nation's Capital," which looked back at the era of drug-fueled killings that earned D.C. the nickname the "Nation's Murder Capital."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gray Adopts Changes To D.C. School Boundaries And Feeder Patterns

Mayor Vincent Gray today adopted a series of changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns, but the fate of the politically sensitive proposal remains uncertain as two leading mayoral contenders have said the changes should be put on hold.

Trial Board Rules Against 3 Firefighters, But Chief Unhappy With Sanctions

The interim D.C. fire chief has "begrudgingly accepted" the recommendations of a trial board on firefighters who didn't help a 77-year-old man who lay dying across the street from a D.C. firehouse earlier this year — but he says the punishments don't go far enough.

Job Fair For D.C. Residents At Convention Center Thursday

Job seekers in the District can head to the Washington Convention Center today for job training and first dibs at federal, state and local employers with openings.

Endorsements Begin To Trickle In For D.C. Mayoral Race

The general election for D.C. mayor is still months away, but endorsements for two of the big candidates have started to come in.