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Friday, October 26, 2012

Trick Or Track Work: Weekend Delays Abound On Metro

For those who plan to head to Halloween-themed festivities this weekend, you'll probably have to factor in some extra travel time on the Metro.

D.C.'s Juvenile Justice, Then And Now

A former inmate at D.C.'s Oak Hill juvenile detention facility takes a tour of this notoriously harsh prison — and then meets some residents of the city's new, progressive youth rehab center, New Beginnings.

Analysis: More Scandals At The D.C. Tax Office, A Rare Competitive General Election

The close general election race between  for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council has WAMU D.C. reporter Patrick Madden excited, and he also discusses the new scandal weighing on D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi.

Analysis: Patrick Moran Resigns From Father's Campaign, Obama, Romney Enter Final Stretch Before Election

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives the latest on the election campaigns.

D.C. Area Braces For Hurricane Sandy

Utilities and public officials throughout the D.C. area are hunkering down and dusting off their storm preparedness plans in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy early next week. 

Majority Of D.C. Residents Support Traffic Cameras

As the D.C. Council debates lowering speed camera fines, a new poll finds most city residents support the program.

Former UMD Students Sentenced For Shooting Threats

A former student at the University of Maryland who threatened to shoot up the school's College Park campus faces sentencing.

D.C. Schools Enrollment Highest In A Decade

D.C. Public Schools' enrollment in both traditional and charter schools has reached the highest level in a decade, according to the District's unaudited estimates.

Leading In Polls, Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Keep At It

Proponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law seem to have the advantage in the polls leading up to the Nov. 6 referendum on the measure, but that hasn't stopped them from working to rally support. 

Photographer Captures Ghostly 'Hollywood Of Europe' On Film

If you've seen the films Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Patton or any of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, you've seen the Spanish town of Almeria. Fifty years after Almeria's filmmaking boom, D.C.-based photographer Mark Parascandola brings us images that explore Almeria's haunting identity.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patience Is A Virtue: Metro Escalator Repairs Could Take Five Years

Metro riders from Dupont Circle waited eight months for their escalator repairs, which seemed long, but regulars at other Metro station may need to wait up to five years to see similar repairs.

Coastal Residents Getting Ready For Hurricane Sandy

Officials in Ocean City, Md. are concerned about the track being taken by Hurricane Sandy, which models suggest could hit the Delmarva Peninsula as it makes its way up from the south Atlantic.

Maryland's Gun Carry Permit Law Under Review In Court

A federal appeals court is examining Maryland's handgun laws to determine whether state residents should have to provide a "good and substantial reason" to carry a handgun before obtaining a carry permit. 

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery Begins

It's not even Halloween yet, but the lottery for tickets to attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in front of the White House is already underway.

Analysis: Early Voting Leads To Earlier Forecasts, More Targeted Campaigns

The growing number of people who vote before Election Day in the U.S. is changing the election — and campaign — landscape, according to researchers at George Mason Unversity's U.S. Elections Project.