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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Man Saved After Wheelchair Goes Off Metro Platform At U Street

A surveillance video from the U Street Metro station shows a man falling on the tracks after his wheelchair rolled off the platform.

Firehouses, Supervisor Salaries, Arts Funding: Choices Pile Up In Northern Virginia Budgets

Things are changing in jurisdictions like Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. The people who decide on local government budgets have had to make changes, too.

Justice Department Opens Baltimore Police Probe; Protest Held

There will be a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

For Legislation On Rape And Sexual Assault, Mixed Results In Maryland

Two bills regarding the kits used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and rape were successful, but other measures related to sex crimes did not make it through the General Assembly.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Maryland Isn't Doing Enough To Address Police Accountability, Say Some Lawmakers

The death of Freddie Gray after he suffered a fatal injury while in the custody of Baltimore police has led to the suspension of six officers, but the Maryland General Assembly ignored the majority of so-called "police accountability" bills during its yearly session.

Fairfax County Supervisors Sharply Divided Over Budget

Elected officials across the region are putting on their green eyeshades this week, approving budgets for fiscal year 2016. In Virginia, most of the votes have been unanimous, although members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are sharply divided.

Despite Speed Camera, Residents Say Maryland Avenue Remains Dangerous

Residents in one Northeast D.C. neighborhood asked the police to put up a speed camera to slow down commuters who use a four-lane avenue like a highway — but the speed camera doesn't seem to be working.

Unclaimed Maryland Slot Machine Money Not Handled Properly, Audit Says

About $350,000 that should have gone to the state did not, says a report from Department of Legislative Services.

Baltimore Police Investigate Death Of Freddie Gray In Police Custody

A Baltimore man died after his spine was nearly severed while in police custody. Police are investigating, but there is currently no word into what caused the injury.

Students At University of Mary Washington Challenge School Board On Divestment

Students around the country are pushing their schools to divest from companies that sell and promote the use of fossil fuels, including a handful at the University of Mary Washington in Frederick who were arrested for their efforts.

Slate Of Criminal Justice Reforms In Maryland Await Gov. Hogan's Signature

Maryland lawmakers passed a handful of bills this week aimed at getting non-violent criminals out of prisons and back in the workforce.

Arlington County To Weigh Closing Artisphere

Arlington's Artisphere is on the chopping block, as county officials decide whether the art center is worth the $1 million a year it costs to run it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Measure Aims To Train Cops On Policing People With Disabilities

The measure is in response to the death of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down Syndrome who died at the hands of Frederick County sheriff's deputies two years ago.

Hello, Goodbye: Pair Of Virginia Delegates Depart After Short Careers In Richmond

Some members of the Virginia's General Assembly are throwing in the towel, deciding against seeking reelection. — and some of them haven't been around for very long.

Congressional Republicans Move To Undo Two D.C. Bills Targeting Discrimination

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are considering legislation that would unwind two local anti-discrimination laws recently enacted by the D.C. Council.

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