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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Few Virginia Police Departments Adopting New Eye Witness Identification Procedures

Two years after Virginia rolled out new procedures for police departments to use when asking eye witnesses to identify criminal suspects, only six percent of departments have actually implemented them.

D.C. To Create Nine Career Academies

As part of the city's ongoing education reform efforts, Mayor Vince Gray announced that nine career academies will be created to train students for careers in information technology, hospitality and engineering.

Arlington Voters To Consider Whether To Create Housing Authority

Come November, Arlington residents won't only be voting for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, but also on a ballot initiative callng for the creation of a housing authority.

MARC Trains To Start Weekend Service In December

Come December you'll be able to ride the rails on a MARC train from Baltimore to D.C. on the weekend.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Senators Cardin, Kaine Vote To Approve Syrian Strikes

Area lawmakers voted Wednesday to give President Obama the authorization he sought for delivering air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria.

Virginia Bill Allows Disclosure Of Prior Offenses For Accused Child Sex Offenders

Justice may not be blind in Virginia, if a bill targeting accused child sex offenders with prior offenses is passed.

Montgomery County Adds Bulk Plastics To Recycling List

As part of a push to recycle more kinds of trash, Montgomery County is now accepting bulk rigid plastics like milk crates, toys and lawn furniture at recycling centers.

Analysis: District Tourism Sees Increases, Despite Sequester Cuts

Sequester cuts forced many D.C. cultural institutions to trim their budgets. As Matt Vasilogambros from National Journal explains, tourism in the District increased despite smaller budgets.

Manning Petitions For Presidential Pardon

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is petitioning the president for a pardon on the grounds that most of the documents leaked weren't crucial for national security.

Activist Wants D.C. Voters To Decide On Marijuana Legalization

The possession and use of small amounts of marijuana could eventually get you little more than a ticket, but one D.C. activist wants to go further: he's pushing for marijuana to be outright legalized.

Dummy May Be To Blame For Red Line Derailment

Officials say that a dummy—a dummy truck, that is—may have been to blame for a derailment that shut down service along a portion of the Red Line last week.

D.C. Nightclub Issues Statement Lamenting Death Of 19-Year-Old

A nightclub in the District issued a statement expressing sadness about the death of a 19-year-old University of Virginia student who collapsed at the venue over the long weekend.

D.C. Costco Offers Great Deals To Shoppers—And Thieves

Thieves have struck multiple vehicles parked outside the Costco in Northeast D.C. over the last two months, prompting a police response.

Charles Lollar Joins Crowded Maryland GOP Gubernatorial Primary Field

Republican Charles Lollar is jumping into the race for Maryland's top office, and like Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, if elected he would be the state's first African-American governor.

Gray Faces Tight Deadline To Decide On Living Wage Bill

It took close to two months for Mayor Vince Gray to get the bill, but he now has less than 10 days to decide whether to sign or veto the measure that would require Walmart and other large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour.