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Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Wake Of Metro Incident, Bowser Revisits Encryption Of Firefighter Radios

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is reviewing the decision to encrypt the radios used by Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Joe Morrissey And 'The No. 1 Lesson Of Politics'

A law school professor weighs in on the potential future of the jailed — but re-elected — state lawmaker, who is now facing new felony charges.

Essay Instead Of A Test? Va. Lawmakers Reconsider Graduation Requirements

The question at the heart of a debate in the General Assembly: How many standardized tests does a high school student need to pass to graduate?

Program For Black And Latino Boys Announced By D.C. Leaders

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson say it will help address the achievement gap between minority and white students.

Metro Smoke Incident Briefing Prompts Questions About Radios, Ventilation

The D.C. area's congressional delegation heard from investigators, and the lawmakers emerged with concerns about firefighter communications and air control in the Yellow Line tunnel.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A D.C. Teen's Tale of Self-Cutting and Recovery

It’s a discovery no parent wants to make: your teenage daughter is dealing with her pain and frustration by cutting herself.

Northern Virginia Student Achieves Goal Of Walking Again After Spinal Cord Injury

Several years ago, teenager Nick Balenger suffered a spinal cord injury while swimming. Today, he's walking again.

Former Congressman Reflects On Politics And The Pursuit Of One's Passions

Wayne Gilchrist runs an outdoor education center on Maryland's Eastern Shore. You might call this his second chance — or maybe his third or fourth chance.

The Surprising Twists And Turns Of A Life Upended By WWII

Margit Meissner had to leave behind everything she knew when the Nazis annexed Austria. But the life she's lived since has been full of adventure, and she gets to impart the lessons she's learned as a guide at the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Q&A: Michael Pope On Del. Joe Morrissey's Indictment

Virginia reporter Michael Pope discusses the new charges against Del. Joe Morrissey and what could be next for him.

Marion Barry's Son Pleads Not Guilty To Misdemeanor Charges

Marion Christopher Barry pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday, and pledged to continue his campaign for the D.C. Council.

Regional Lawmakers To Be Briefed On Last Week's Metro Smoke Incident

"We need to know why there was not a quicker response," says U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Toll Lanes In The Mix As Regional Planners Target Congestion On I-66

As transportation planners for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments plan out how to address frequent congestion on I-66 in Virginia, the question of toll lanes, and the extent of express bus service, linger.

D.C. Library Kicks Off Series On Surveillance With '1984' Read-a-thon

The D.C. Public Library is kicking off 10 days worth of events on privacy and surveillance in the digital age with a day-long reading of George Orwell's "1984" on Wednesday.

Joe Morrissey Indicted On Felony Forgery, Perjury In Henrico County

A grand jury has indicted Virginia State Delegate Joe Morrissey on four felony counts in connection with earlier charges for having sex with an underage girl.