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Thursday, November 13, 2014

D.C. Bike Crash Compensation Bill Delayed Once Again

A D.C. Council committee again decided to delay a final vote on a bill that would help bicyclists seek compensation of injured in a crash.

Changes Could Cause Phase II Of Silver Line To Top $2.7 Billion Cost Estimate

Phase II of the Silver Line is already expected to cost $2.7 billion, but required safety upgrades not initially included in estimates could push the costs even higher.

Race To Replace Comstock In Virginia's 34th District Expected To Be Close

Virginia's 34th District has had a string of close contests, which has political observers guessing that the special election to replace Barbara Comstock will continue the trend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

No Policy Proposals Expected On Larry Hogan's Maryland 'Thank You' Tour

Former Democratic State Sen. Robert Neall will oversee budget and financial issues for Hogan's transition team, but Maryland's governor-elect still isn't talking about his plans for the Purple Line or other big issues.

Prosecutors In Case Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Look For More Victims

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Zubrensky said prosecutors need more time to find other possible victims of the voyeurism allegedly perpetrated by Rabbi Freundel.

Phillips Collection Seeks Donations To Fund 'Migration Series' Project

D.C.'s Phillips Collection has turned to crowdfunding to help pay for a digital project tied to artist Jacob Lawrence's landmark "Migration Series."

D.C. Nurses Strike And Protest For Ebola Safety, Better Staffing And Pay

Registered nurses rallied outside of the White House and Providence Hospital in Northeast D.C. today to protest what nurses called the hospital’s refusal to properly address Ebola-related health and safety concerns for nurses and patients.

Small Number Of Gun Owners Applying For D.C. Concealed Carry Permits

Thirty-two people have applied for concealed carry permits in D.C. over the last two weeks, including some who admit they won't qualify under the city's restrictive rules.

D.C. Ranked As Best U.S. City For Taxicabs And Uber

A Libertarian think tank says that D.C. is the best of 50 U.S. cities in how it regulates for-hire vehicles and services ranging from traditional taxicabs to Uber.

D.C. Has Lowest Rate Of Uninsured Hispanic Children, Report Says

A new report from Georgetown University and the National Council of La Raza finds that D.C. has a lower rate of uninsured Hispanic Children than all 50 states.

Is Teen Sexting Worth Jail Time? Virginia Commission Eyes Milder Penalties

Teenagers who text sexually explicit images of themselves face stiff penalties that were originally intended for child pornographers, an issue with which the Virginia State Crime Commission is wrestling.

Proposed Rail Tunnel Project Pits Activists Against CSX

The proposed rebuilding effort for a century-old rail tunnel along Virginia Avenue in Southeast D.C. pits those calling for the modernization of infrastructure against residents and businesses concerned about noise and safety.

O's, Nationals Both Take Manager Of The Year Awards

Both the Nationals' Matt Williams and the Orioles' Buck Showalter were honored with their leagues' respective "manager of the year" awards.

'Concert For Valor' Was Unforgettable Tribute To Vets

Swarms of active-duty service members and music fans packed onto the National Mall yesterday for the concert put on in honor of the nation's veterans.

Fairfax Asks Feds for Help Funding Unaccompanied Minors

More than a thousand unaccompanied minors from Central America have found a temporary home in Fairfax County, but school officials are struggling to pay for their education.

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