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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Cost Of The D.C. Council's Power Over Contracts

Does campaign cash have undue influence over how the D.C. Council approves city contracts? WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden follows the money in this special investigative report.

Gray Plans To Replace D.C. General With Smaller Homeless Shelters Across City

District officials have started looking for small buildings that will be used to house families and children currently living at the D.C. General homeless shelter, a step towards closing the troubled facility.

Monday, October 13, 2014

In Debate, Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Clash Over Healthcare, Chesapeake Bay

Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan both spent much the hourlong debate on NewsChannel 8 on the attack, just as they have on the campaign trail.

All D.C. Taxis May Soon Support E-Hailing

The D.C. Taxicab Commission has floated a proposal that would require the city's 7,000 taxicabs to do what has made Uber so popular: use an app that allows riders to e-hail them.

In Court And Council, A Big Week For D.C. Handgun Carry Law

The District's ban on the carrying of handguns — and the attempts to change it — will be the subject of hearings in both the D.C. Council and federal court this week.

'Help Us To Bring Hannah Home,' Say Parents Of Missing UVa. Student

The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham are pleading for information about their daughter as the search for the missing young woman continues.

Brooklyn Native Brings Environmental Sensibility To Salvadoran Beach

Much of our coverage from El Salvador has focused on the gang violence underlying undocumented immigration, but Americans are moving to Central America too — like hotel owner and baby turtle saver Tom Pollak.

No More Summer Vacation For Some Students At 29 Virginia Schools

Virginia's governor has approved $1.6 million in grants to implement year-round instructional programs at 29 schools across the commonwealth.

D.C. Draws Closer To Letting Developers Decide On Parking

The D.C. Office of Zoning has given preliminary approval to rule changes that would eliminate parking minimums downtown and cut them in half for buildings close to mass transit.

Bowser's Pockets Are Deepest In Final Weeks Of D.C. Mayoral Race

With just three weeks and change remaining in the race for D.C. mayor, Democratic Councilmember Muriel Bowser's campaign warchest outstrips Independent Councilmember David Catania by almost half a million dollars.

Lawmakers In Coastal Communities Still Resisting New Wave Of Food Trucks

Laws in coastal communities like Rehoboth and Ocean City continue to favor brick and mortar restaurants — something that a new wave of food truck entrepreneurs and their customers would like to see changed.

How To Navigate D.C.'s Street System, Explained In 99 Seconds

Pierre L'Enfant had an orderly system in mind when he designed the streets of the District around the capitol, but we have to turn to a longtime D.C. cabby to figure out how we would explain the system to newcomers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

VIDEO: WWII Aircraft Do Flyover Of Arlington Cemetery To Honor Veterans

Anyone outside in Arlington today probably caught an unfamiliar sight (and sound): more than 20 World War II-era doing a flyover inwhat they called the "Potomac Flight."

Heroin Scare At Daycare Center Highlights Eastern Shore's Drug Problem

The ongoing heroin problem on Maryland's Eastern Shore was put in sharp relief this past week when a child brought baggies of heroin to her daycare to share with classmates.

Virginia County Mobilizes To Say 'No' To Natural Gas Pipeline

Residents of Floyd County in southwestern Virginia denied a plan that would have placed a 42-inch pipe carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale through their backyards.