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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Officials Warn Of Bacterial Outbreaks From Turtle Derbies

Natural resources officials say only pet turtles should be used in the annual races.

Manilow And Diamond Set To Perform At D.C.'s 'A Capitol Fourth'

The annual Fourth of July concert of the West Lawn of the U.S. Capital will begin at 8 p.m.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 4

You can see two movies about one of the greatest American wars, or see a play about an ongoing political battle.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sanctions Recommended Against D.C. For 'Ethical Violations'

A slate of arrests in 2002 has led a group of attorneys to recommend sanctions against the District, and in particular, its Attorney General.

Church Of Epiphany Opens Doors To Muslims

Every Friday at 1 p.m., instead of hearing church bells ringing at the Church of Epiphany, you will hear the Muslim call to prayer, called the "azan." For the last five years, this church located in the heart of D.C., has opened its doors to a faith different than its own - and for Muslims, it is a relationship born of need.

Analysis: Federal Benefits For Same-Sex Couples Moving Swiftly In DOMA's Wake

The federal government has been moving to implement federal benefits to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Tom Shoop of Government Executive describes their progress.

D.C. Taxicab Commission Making Strides On New Payment Systems

D.C.'s fleet of taxis is well on its way to installing new, modern payment systems that will allow riders to use their smartphone or credit cards to pay fares.

Washington Teachers Union Elects Elizabeth Davis As President

Elizabeth Davis beat out Nathan Saunders in the election to become president of the Washington Teachers Union.

No Consensus In Sight For Change To D.C. Mandatory Parking Minimums

The D.C. Office of Planning defended the proposal to lift parking requirements for new developments in certain areas of the city, despite persistent criticism that it would cause a shortage of parking spots.

Education Reform Clears Way For Takeover Of Troubled Alexandria School

The Commonwealth of Virginia is still poised to take over the operation of the Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria, but the specifics of how that is supposed to happen continue to confound locals.

Pace Of D.C. School Reform The Subject Of Contention

Changes are coming to the way D.C. Public Schools operate, but the speed with which those changes are being implemented is the subject of some debate.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

D.C. Mayoral Race Gets Fourth Candidate In Reta Jo Lewis

The race for D.C. Mayor is starting to become a crowd, as outsider Reta Jo Lewis has announced her intention to run.

Your Independence Day Guide To Buying Fireworks In The D.C. Area

For some, public fireworks displays are no substitute for shooting off their own private celebrations of independence. Local firework restrictions can be strict, so make sure to check our guide to local laws before lighting that sparkler.

Councilmember Mary Cheh Calls For Fire Chief's Resignation

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is under fire from Councilmember Mary Cheh, who is calling for his resignation.

Metro Plans Extra Trains For July 4 Fireworks Celebration

For the scores heading down to the National Mall on July 4, Metro has announced that they are going to be operating at near rush hour levels.