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Friday, March 29, 2013

Area Catholics Celebrate Good Friday By Creating Traditional Guatemalan 'Alfombra'

Catholics in D.C. and Maryland are celebrating Good Friday with the creation of an "alfombra," an elaborate and colorful carpet of sorts that commemorates a journey made by Jesus Christ before his death.

Analysis: Lawmakers To Focus On Immigration Reform And Gun Control

Political columnist David Hawkings talks about the latest on immigration reform and the timeline lawmakers are working with.

Should D.C. Tour Guides Have To Pass A Licensing Test?

The owners of Segs in the City lost a lawsuit against D.C. over requirements that tour guides pass a licensing exam, which includes questions about the city.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Top List Of Cars For Commuters

Noting that drivers are increasingly concerned about gas prices and global warming, AAA Mid-Atlantics list of top cars for commuters spotlights alternative fuel vehicles like Chevy Volt.

Judge Sets Sentencing Date For Former Gray Campaign Aide

Thomas Gore, a former aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, will be sentenced for his role in campaign finance violations this summer.

Vote On Gun Control Bill Expect In Maryland House Committees

Lawmakers in two Maryland House committees will debate proposed gun control legislation today, with many focusing specifically on the ban of military-style assault weapons like the AR-15.

Bookend: Poet Anne Harding Woodworth

Poet Anne Harding Woodworth is not a native Washingtonian, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone more in love with the nation's capital, especially as a fertile place for poetry.

Documentary Highlights One D.C. School's Struggles

A new documentary set in a D.C. alternative high school is shining a spotlight on the challenges of transforming low-performing schools.

How To Live In D.C. And Still Live To 100

We'll hear the tales of two local residents who've passed their 100th birthdays, and find out how much energy is required to live a long, full life.

D.C. Dives: A Family Affair At The Vienna Inn

In our monthly look at our region's dive bar scene, Jerad Walker takes us to what may be the most kid-friendly dive bar around — the Vienna Inn.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Arlington County Residents Divided Over Streetcars

Arlington County government officials are moving forward with a plan to create a new streetcar line, but many residents say the plan is too expensive.

Lombardi Trophy Makes Appearance As Maryland Senate Approves Black Liquor Ban

Maryland lawmakers approved several bills today, but a visit from Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver is what had the statehouse buzzing.

D.C. Fire Chief Apologizes For Ambulance Failures

Chief Kenneth Ellerbe apologized for the department's truck shortages, and says he wants to make a major change to firefighters' work schedules.

Foulger Responds To Reported Defects In Silver Spring Transit Center

The construction firm Foulger Pratt says it has evidence that shows it is not to blame for whatever problems may be keeping the Silver Spring Transit Center from opening.

Opponents Of Virginia Abortion Clinic Regulations Deliver Comments

Opponents of the strict abortion clinic regulations approved on an emergency basis in Virginia last year have offered more than 3,600 public comments against the rules.