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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Are Sales Tax Holidays Worth The Trouble For Maryland And Virginia?

Virginia just wrapped up a weekend of sales tax-free shopping for back-to-school goods, and Maryland's sales tax holiday on clothes kicks off this Sunday. Whether they have an impact on state coffers or your pocket book is debatable.

Here Are Some Unsettling Findings From The Feds' Metro Track Inspection Report

A new report from the Federal Transit Administration says Metro is falling short on inspecting the system's 269.8 miles worth of track, and has ordered that 12 steps be taken to improve track inspections and maintenance.

Monday, August 8, 2016

As Orange Departs, Some Ask: Will The D.C. Council Now Tackle Money In Politics?

What might come from the conversation around Vincent Orange's now-aborted plan to hold a Council seat and the top job at the Chamber Of Commerce at the same time?

At 11 D.C. Schools, Students Head To Class Early Under New Year-Round Schedule

Many students in the region have another few weeks of summer left, but for 11 D.C. Public Schools, it's back to classes Monday as part of an extended school year that officials hope will help students make quicker academic gains.

Friday, August 5, 2016

With 'Project Sleep Out,' Kids Sleep Outside To Better Understand Homelessness

Friday in Maryland, a mass sleepover in a public park gives kids a sense of what it’s like to be homeless.

How Is Metro's Ridership Related to The Purple Line's Environmental Impact?

A judge put an unexpected new roadblock in the way of Maryland's Purple Line this week, pegging the project to the flagged ridership of Metro.

Facing Criticism Over Second Job, D.C. Legislator Vincent Orange Resigns Seat

Vincent Orange on Friday resigned his seat on the D.C. Council, a move made after he was criticized for taking a second job with the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, which represents 1,400 businesses in the city.

Fairfax City Mayor Faces Drug Charges After Meth-For-Sex Sting

Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne, who also works as a substitute teacher, is being charged with felony distribution.

D.C. Streetcar Quietly Exceeds Low Expectations Six Months In

The bar was set low for the D.C. Streetcar, but so far it's performed as it's needed to. Questions linger, though: Will DDOT expand service? And will it remain free for good?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Proper Attire Required: Fairfax County Puts High Schoolers In Paid IT Internships

For a handful of Fairfax County public high school students, September will bring school days that are only about half as long as everyone else's. That's because they'll be spending the rest of each day at IT internships at companies in Northern Virginia, as part of a new program called Genesys Works.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Got A Newborn? D.C., Nearby States Aren't In Sync On Laws To Help, Report Says

New parents in the Washington region may have very different experiences, depending on whether they live in D.C., Maryland or Virginia: A new national report highly ranks the District for laws supporting people with very young children, but the two states lag far behind.

Track Involved In July 29 Derailment Wasn't Inspected Properly, NTSB Finds

Metro failed to adequately inspect the tracks prior to the derailment of a Silver Line train at East Falls Church on July 29, federal officials said in announcing several findings in their investigations of the incident.

As Questions Mount Over New Job, D.C. Legislator Says He'll Give Up Some Power

Faced with mounting questions and criticisms over a new job as head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange says he will likely give up his chairmanship of a Council committee handling business and regulatory affairs.

Body Camera Program For D.C. Police Gets Mixed Marks From Civil Rights Groups

A new national scorecard evaluating the body camera programs of 50 police departments around the country finds MPD's planned program is pioneering in some areas and lacking in others.

Metro Transit Officer Charged With Assisting Islamic State Group

Nicholas Young of Fairfax, Virginia — a Metro Transit Police officer — was arrested Wednesday for "transmitting funds to ISIL through electronic gift cards."

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