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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Prosecutors Face Challenge In 40-Year-Old Kidnapping, Murder

Prosecutors face several challenges as they attempt to prove that a man they've charged is responsible for the 40-year-old slaying of two sisters who were abducted from a mall in Wheaton, Maryland.

Five D.C. Taxicab Companies Suspended For Not Meeting Accessibility Deadline

Five D.C. taxicab companies will be told to cease and desist operations on Thursday for having failed to meet new rules requiring wheelchair-accessible vehicles in their fleets.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Advocates Say That Ending Homelessness Among Veterans Is Achievable

More than 1,500 homelessness advocates convened in Washington on Wednesday for the National Conference to End Homelessness, where they discussed a goal they say is reachable — ending homelessness among veterans.

Under D.C. Bill, Students Guilty Of Sexual Assault Could Get 'Scarlet Letter'

A D.C. legislator wants to combat sexual violence on college campuses by sharing more information on students’ transcripts — including placing a prominent mark on those students found guilty of sexual assault.

Obama To Give News Conference At 1 p.m.

The president is expected to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the Greek bailout. WAMU 88.5 will pre-empt its usual programming — the second hour of The Kojo Nnamdi Show — to air the news conference.

George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Eagles Win Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center bucked tradition today, announces six honorees for the Kennedy Center Honors this year, instead of the usual five.

They're Still Interested: Sweet Briar College Enrolls 300 For Next Year

The Virginia college's president calls the commitments from returning and new students a "starting point'' to get the 114-year-old women's college back on track after a tumultuous spring and summer.

Wind Power Deal To Supply More Than A Third of D.C. Government's Electricity

Under the deal, the city's Department of General Services will purchase all the energy produced by a 46 megawatt wind farm in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Divided Highway: Should Jefferson Davis' Name Be On A Virginia Roadway?

The president of the Confederacy lends his name to U.S. 1 in Virginia. Although a movement is afoot to change it, a lot of people walking along the highway in Alexandria and Arlington seem ambivalent about it.

'Dance Of The Cranes' To Enliven D.C. Sky During Fringe Festival

"Wow that's something that's really quite sublime," Brandon Vickerd says about the moment he was inspired to choreograph giant construction cranes and set the performance to music. The show is Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Gets Approval To Start Construction

The memorial will sit on a four-acre urban park near Capitol Hill, across from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

In Surprise Move, D.C. Schools Food Vendor Pulls Out Of Contract

The company responsible for providing meals in D.C. public schools surprised city officials on Tuesday by pulling out of its contract, leaving city officials scrambling to find a new provider for meals that will be served to tens of thousands of students across the city in the coming school year.

Regional Officials Urge Metro To Hire General Manager To Address Safety, Finances

Elected leaders in the D.C. region say Metro must hire a general manager as soon as possible.

Virginia Seeks To Extend HOT Lanes In Maryland Over American Legion Bridge

The results of congestion study are in, and Virginia transportation officials are expected to announce their recommendation that the Potomac River crossing at American Legion Bridge be expanded.

Wining And Dining Of Virginia Lawmakers Down, Report Says

Just months after former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was found guilty in a corruption trial, gifts to state lawmakers are down, according to a new report.