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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Landmark D.C. Exhibit Explores Images Of Mary As Woman, Mother

Artistic portrayals of the biblical Mary focus not just on the woman as a religious figure, but a symbol for the trials of young motherhood. That's the theme of a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Marion Barry Remembered At Service Attended By Thousands

Thousands turned out on Saturday to say goodbye to Marion Barry — D.C.'s so-called 'Mayor For Life' — including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Louis Farrakhan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Maryland Gov.-Elect Pledges To Reduce Heroin-Related Crime

Larry Hogan says his lieutenant governor will oversee his administration's effort to reduce heroin-related crime across the state.

Digital Tool RideDC Aims To Help D.C. Residents Get Around

Transportation apps have exploded in popularity in D.C., where so many new residents don't own cars and look for alternatives to get around. Now, the District is offering some high-tech help for businesses and individuals.

In Writings, Charles Severance Expresses Fascination With Guns

Court documents in a high-profile Virginia murder case are revealing new details about Charles Severance, the man Alexandria police and prosecutors say engaged on a killing spree that lasted more than a decade.

Eastern Shore Students Protest Police Treatment Of Black Men

College students at two Eastern Shore campuses in Maryland have been peacefully protesting the recent jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Gardner cases, and these young students are just as concerned about the future as they are about what's happened in recent weeks.

Marion Barry Saluted By Supporters During Last Trip Through D.C.

Marion Barry departed the Wilson Building this morning for a seven-mile processional through portions of wards 6, 7 and 8, where he was saluted by longtime supporters.

In Remembrance Of Ray Davis

The bluegrass radio legend and longtime WAMU broadcaster died Dec. 3.

Why Are Protesters Being Allowed To Block D.C. Traffic?

Over the last week, protesters calling for racial justice in the wake of the killing of unarmed black men have stopped traffic on some of D.C.'s busiest roads. At the same time, there have been few arrests. Why is that?

Kennedy Center Breaks Ground On New Expansion

At a ceremony on Thursday, the ground was broken on a new expansion project for the Kennedy Center that will expand spaces both for the arts and for the public.

On Gay Rights, Barry Remembered For Long History Of Support — And One Vote

For some activists, his long support of the cause is marred by a vote in opposition to same-sex marriage.

New Ride On I-95 In Northern Virginia Will Be Pricey

Construction crews are wrapping up work on the new Express Lanes between Stafford and Fairfax Counties in Northern Virginia, and WAMU 88.5 transportation reporter Martin Di Caro got a preview.

When Hippies Came To 16th Street

In the 1970s, a band of idealists from a hippie commune in Tennessee arrived in Washington, D.C. with the grand idea to help make the world a better place. And in their own way, they did.

Fate Of D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Referendum In Congress Remains Hazy

Even Andy Harris, the Congressional Republican who wrote the policy rider that could block implementation of D.C.'s marijuana legalization law, doesn't know where the provision stands in negotiations.

Mobile Group Of Protesters Shut Down D.C. Streets Again Over Garner Decision

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of D.C. again Thursday night to protest the lack of indictments in either the case of Eric Garner or Michael Brown, both unarmed black men who died in altercations with police.