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Friday, April 11, 2014

In Conflict Over Budget, Gray Warns Of Dire Legal Consequences

An ongoing conflict over last year's D.C. referendum on budget autonomy has spilled over into the 2015 budget, and Mayor Vincent Gray is warning of dire legal consequences.

Virginia Attorney General Files Brief In Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia's attorney general is telling an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, and that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples.

New D.C. Schools Ombudsman Seeks To Advocate For Students And Parents

D.C. recently appointed the first education ombudsman since 2008, a position meant to advocate on behalf of students and parents.

D.C. Council To Debate Ambulance Redeployment Plan

A D.C. Council committee is considering a plan to improve the city's overtaxed emergency medical system.

Virginia Makes Birth Certificates Available At DMV

Gov. Terry McAullife says Virginia is now making birth certificates accessible at DMV offices, part of an initiative to allow one-stop shopping for vital records.

Arlington County Keeps Count Of Cyclists

Arlington County is installing bike-counting machines that help determine how many people ride to and from work, information that helps with planning.

Maryland Legislators Repeal Pro-Slavery Law — 150 Years Later

On the last day of its session, the Maryland General Assembly voted to a repeal a pro-slavery law dating back to 1862.

Fresh Off Of Win, New Arlington County Board Member Prepares For November

Voters in Arlington may have just elected a new County Board member in a special election, but the winner of that election will now have to stand for election again in November.

D.C. Fire Lieutenant Who Did Not Respond To Man's Collapse Retires

The D.C. Fire lieutenant accused of not responding to a man who collapsed across the street from her fire station is retiring — and avoiding repercussions.

On the Coast: Presbyterian Church Keeps The Faith For 300 Years

Rehoboth Presbyterian Church was founded on the banks of the Pocomoke River in 1706, and calls itself the oldest Presbyterian church in America.

DCPS Seeks To Fortify The Building Blocks of Reading

DCPS is in the midst of a major revamp of its reading curriculum.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FBI Adds 1976 Bethesda Murder Suspect To 'Most Wanted' List

William Bradford Bishop Jr. is accused of bludgeoning his wife, mother, and his three children to death inside their Bethesda home in 1976, and the FBI says he may still be alive.

Pond Search Completed In Alexandria Murder Investigation

Police officials say the FBI helped them with the search for evidence, but they won't say what they found, if anything.

D.C. Fire Lieutenant Who Did Not Respond To Man's Collapse Files Retirement Papers

The D.C. Fire Department lieutenant accused of not responding to a man who collapsed across the street from her fire station is moving closer to retirement, and that means she could avoid any discipline in the case.

Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom

The National Park Service says Washington's cherry blossom trees have reached peak bloom this week as predicted.