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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

'Serious Safety Lapses' At Metro, According To Federal Oversight Agency

The Federal Transit Administration has released a 116-page report on Metro following the deadly smoke incident in January, finding the transit agency has safety issues as specific as operational employees chatting on cell phones and as broad as system-wide maintenance issues and inconsistent management.

Longer Hours For Montgomery County Food Trucks? Student Study Suggests It

Tasked with expanding the food truck business in Montgomery County, a Wheaton High School's Innovation Lab touched on a policy solution: let the trucks keep open later.

Senators Chide Metro's 'Failure Of Leadership' In Advance Of Safety Report

Four Senate lawmakers came together Tuesday to lambast Metro for its shoddy safety culture and failure of leadership, in advance of an investigation by the Federal Transit Administration.

Chocolate, Coffee And Cold-Pressed Juices: Pot Edibles Are Coming To D.C.

In the coming weeks patients in D.C.'s medical marijuana program will be able to buy marijuana-infused chocolate bars, baked goods, juices, and even coffees and teas.

Former Aide To Harry Thomas Jr. Sentenced Sentenced For Fraud

Neil Rodgers, a former D.C. Council committee director, has been sentenced to a month in jail for channeling funds away from a  youth drug prevention program.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For Some Critters, City Life Only Gets More Appealing

From a White House hawk to foxes wandering among rowhomes, D.C. and its close-in suburbs are seeing more out-of-place wildlife than ever, the experts say.

Street Art Highlights The Plight Of Growing Numbers Of Homeless D.C. Residents

In the parking lot of Dunbar High School in Northwest D.C., about half a dozen homeless men and women of all ages and races worked on a project designed to portray the experiences of homeless residents.

As Open-Air Markets Fade, D.C. Police Shift Tactics In War On Illegal Drugs

Years ago, the war on drugs in the District was fought on the corners and in the alleys where they were openly sold. But with the market for illegal narcotics changing — and fewer open-air markets for police to target — D.C. officials are changing tactics.

Virginia To Set Up Scoring System For Future Road And Transit Projects

A scoring system to rate potential road improvements in Northern Virginia is in the works, and officials will have to decide what weight to give to factors like congestion relief.

Elected Officials, Dominion Divided Over How To Clean Up 50 Years Of Pollution

EPA rules will force Dominion Power to clean up ponds that they've used for years as a dumping ground for coal ash, but environmental advocates say measures have to go farther to protect the state's drinking water.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bill In Montgomery County Would Grant Mandatory Paid Sick Leave To Workers

The bill makes all employers who don't offer paid sick leave give one hour of it to employees for every 30 hours worked. At question is the extent of the burden on small businesses.

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Open To Future D.C. Council Run

Former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray lost his re-election bid and remains under federal investigation for his 2010 campaign, but says that he may again return to elected office.

Court Stays Ruling That Overturned Key Provision Of D.C. Concealed Carry Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday evening stayed a ruling that had overturned a key provision of the District's concealed carry law, giving city officials a legal reprieve and opportunity to prepare an appeal arguing that the law is constitutional.

Backlog Of 1,600 Passenger Complaints Being Cleared, Drawing Ire Of Taxi Drivers

Taxicab passenger complaints dating back to 2012 are being scheduled for mediation, but the representatives for drivers say the process is raising important questions about due process.

Transgender Transitions More Complicated For Those Living In Rural Areas

Caitlyn Jenner has captured headlines with her plan to transition, but some experts say it's not quite so straight-forward for transgender individuals living in rural communities with more limited access to medical care.