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Friday, July 12, 2013

'Saggy Pants Law' Sparks Confrontation In Ocean City

Controversy surrounding proposed legislation that would restrict the height of peoples' pants on the Ocean City boardwalk may be getting in the way of other proposed laws.

D.C. Planning Director Changes Tune On Parking Minimums

Planning officials in the District have backed off a plan to eliminate parking minimums for new developments, planning instead to reduce them.

College Student Andrew Pochter Eulogized At National Cathedral

A funeral was held for 21-year-old Andrew Pochter, who was killed during protests in Egypt last month.

Will Congress Intervene In D.C. Fight With Walmart Over A Living Wage?

Congress could well step into the fight between Walmart and the D.C. Council, but it likely won't get far.

Weekend Metro Delays On Red, Orange, Blue Lines

Several stations on Metro's Red Line will be closed this weekend for scheduled track work.

Analysis: Scandal On Gov. McDonnell's Finances Escalates

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest behind McDonnell's scandal, the District's Walmart dust-up, and Maryland's transportation projects.

Report: Arrests In D.C. Disproportionately Affect African Americans

A new report says that eight of 10 arrests in D.C. between 2009 and 2011 were of African Americans.

Virginia Democrats Say Commonwealth Could Change Tune On Same-Sex Marriage

Various Democrats running for statewide office in Virginia say that they'll push for same-sex marriage to be legalized in the commonwealth, a move that voters are more willing to accept than before.

Opinions Divided Along Columbia Pike About Streetcar System

A proposed streetcar along Columbia Pike could either be a boon for business—or a total boondoggle.

Road Work On Route 50 Could Cause Big Delays This Weekend

Anyone headed to the beach this weekend should be ready for possible delays along Route 50.

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.

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.