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Friday, July 12, 2013

D.C. Council Moves To Delay Election Of Attorney General To 2018

D.C. legislators have moved to push back the first-ever election of the city's attorney general over concerns that the office's authority is still unclear.

Seersucker: Sartorial Splendor In The Summer Heat

Some say this go-to summer attire evokes nostalgia for a more genteel era in D.C.

Puppets: The Next Big Thing In Theater?

Puppetry is showing up at theaters all over the Washington region, and it's not the sort you'd find at a kid's birthday party.

Forum Theatre's 'The T Party' Celebrates D.C.'s Transgender Community

Gender transformation is the inspiration behind "The T Party": a world-premiere play opening this month at Silver Spring's Forum Theatre.

Camp Seeks To Bring America's Favorite Pastime To D.C. Kids

Baseball camps are bringing baseball to kids in D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods... often for the very first time.

D.C. Valedictorians: Success Is About More Than Hitting The Books

We'll talk with D.C. valedictorians about how they stay motivated despite often challenging circumstances.

Activist Recalls A Half Century Fighting For D.C.'s History

In the 1960s, an Adams Morgan resident discovered she'd have to fight to save her neighborhood from urban renewal.

Three Years Later, BP Oil Spill Still Inspires Woman To Ditch Car

The 2010 BP oil spill inspired Del-Ray resident Margaret Wohler to make a life-changing decision: ending her reliance on her car.

'MetroSongs' Musician Makes Metro His Muse

When singer-songwriter Jason Mendelson moved to D.C. from Florida, he found musical inspiration in an unexpected place: the Metro system.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Marion Barry Censured For Accepting Gifts From Contractors

Former mayor Marion Barry has earned the ire of the D.C. Council again, this time for accepting unlawful gifts from contractors.

Metro Apologizes For Orange Line Gridlock Wednesday

A broken down train stranded Orange Line riders for 90 minutes on Wednesday, prompting Metro to issue an apology.

D.C. Could Run Out Of Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets

The District will be relying on an existing stock of scratch-off lottery tickets, after rejecting a proposed contract.

Alexandria Taxi Driver Ruled Incompetent To Stand Trial

The taxi driver accused of shooting an Alexandria police officer in the head has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

D.C. Statehood Advocates Push For Bill That Would Put Money Into Fight

D.C. may often speak of becoming the 51st state, but a new bill would put money towards making that a reality.

D.C. Families Need $88,615 Just To 'Get By,' Study Says

The D.C. area is one of the most expensive areas in the country for families just trying to get by, at least according to the findings of a study by the Economic Policy Institute.