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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Complaint Filed Against DCPS For Gender Discrimination

The National Women's Law Center has filed a complaint against D.C. Public Schools, stating unfair treatment between girls and boys in federally funded education programs.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Freshman Republican Proposes Bill To Ban Traffic Cameras In D.C.

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan is seeking to eliminate all red light and speed cameras in District.

Analysis: Virginia Likely To Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional earlier this week. David Hawkings talks about what's next for the future of debates over same-sex marriage.

Red Knot Population On The Decline

In the 1980s, experts counted more than 100,000 Red Knots, but over the last 20 years their numbers have fallen to an estimated 25,000.

Dominion Virginia Power Increases Fuel Rate Hike Beginning July 1

Virginia residents may start paying more for power, starting Monday.

Senate Committee Approves $150 Million In Federal Funds For Metro

Metro is expected to receive $150 million in federal funds, the fifth installment in a 10-year, $1.5 billion package to replace out-of-date equipment.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 28, 2013

This weekend you can enjoy Italian opera and a choral performance dedicated to American music.

Senate Passes Immigration Reform, Bill Moves To House

After passage in the Senate by a wide margin, immigration reform now heads to the U.S. House.

D.C. Council Says Lottery Contract Needs Work

D.C. Council member Jack Evans says he won't allow a contract to provide scratch-off lottery tickets to go forward unless it meets a threshold for participation by local businesses.

Bookend: Local Author Traces D.C. Influence In New Memoir

Novelist Howard Norman explores how strange experiences — including a murder-suicide in his own home — have shaped his work.

National Gallery Exhibit Highlights How Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

An exhibit at the National Gallery explores why this dancing troupe's work sparked a backlash in the early 20th century.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Manning Defense Offers Evidence Leaked Video Should Be Unclassified

Prosecutors in the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning have maintained that the 2007 video leaked through Wikileaks contains classified information. The defense today offered evidence to the contrary.

Congressman Connolly Questions Honesty Of Inspector General On IRS Scandal

Republicans maintain that the IRS was selectively targetting conservative groups, but one Virginia Democrat says reports to that end appear unsubstantiated.

VDOT Fields Ideas To Relieve Congestion On I-66

The traffic on Interstate 66 has long been the target of the Virginia Department of Transportation, which is now turning to the private sector for answers.

Tornado Watch Issued For D.C. Region Through 10 P.M.

A strong storm system moving into the area has the potential to produce tornadoes, flash flooding and wind damage.