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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

D.C. Budget Autonomy Comes Closer To Reality

In April D.C. residents voted to amend the city's charter to grant elected officials more control over locally raised funds, and now a congressional review period of the results is coming to a close.

D.C. Residents Mourn Loss Of Four To Gun Violence, Call For Action

After four people were shot and killed in D.C.'s Ward 7 over the last week, residents and elected officials gathered to mourn and call for something to be done to stop the violence.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Testing Process In Motion On D.C.'s Streetcar Project

After more than 50 years since streetcars last carried passengers in the District, they are moving again — at an Anacostia test track.

Thousands Of Students And Staff At Va. High School To Be Tested For TB

The Fairfax County Health Department says there's no cause for alarm, but they are asking an entire high school to get tested for tuberculosis before the school year starts.

Analysis: Lawmakers Respond To Obama's Speech About Race

David Hawkings talks about how some members of the Congressional Black Caucus are responding to Obama's speech on race.

What's That Smell? Oh, Right: The Corpse Flower Has Bloomed

A corpse flower at the U.S. Botanic Garden has bloomed—and yes, it smells exactly like what it's called. 

D.C. Officials Propose Lowering Parking Spot Requirements For Developments

Next week D.C. officials will submit a series of changes to the city's Zoning Code, among which will be a proposal to lower—though not eliminate—the number of off-street parking spots new developments have to include.

Leggett Wants Fillmore To Cancel Band's Performance Over Anti-Gay Lyrics

The Montgomery County Executive says that lyrics by the Mexican band Molotov are homophobic.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

House Flipping On The Rise In D.C. Area

House flippers are back, and profiting big time in the D.C. metro region.

Gray To Decide Fate Of D.C.'s 'Living Wage' Bill

The fate of the living wage bill targeting big box retailers like Walmart is now up to Mayor Vincent Gray.

Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Grant Maryland Control Of D.C.

One Texas Congressman wants to give the District of Columbia back to Maryland, as we way to solve the debate over D.C. voting rights.

Lawmakers Debating How To Reform 'No Child Left Behind'

Lawmakers' efforts to reform No Child Left Behind may be falling short, as differences emerge between the two parties.

Debate Over 'Saggy Pants Law' Heats Up In Ocean City

The debate surrounding a proposed dress code on Ocean City's boardwalk is starting to get a bit nasty between councilmembers.

D.C. Contract For Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets Expires

The District of Columbia Lottery is becoming a rarity—a state-level lottery system without a scratch-off ticket vendor.

Removal Of Controversial Quote On MLK Memorial Begins Monday

Contractors with the National Park Service will begin removing an inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that's drawing controversy.