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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

With App Called Split, Rides Are Cheap, And You Might Not Have To Share (Yet)

The app, which launched in D.C. in May, is supposed to put multiple passengers in each vehicle's back seat, with the goal of making car travel more efficient and sustainable. So how is it doing so far?

Crude Oil On A Train Through Your Town? You Have A Right To Know, Judge Says

Rail giants CSX and Norfolk Southern have tried to keep information about crude oil moving along their rails quiet, but a federal judge disagreed.

Fairfax County Officer Charged With Murder in John Geer Case

Fairfax County Police Officer Adam Torres has been charged with the second-degree murder of county resident John Geer following in August 2013 domestic incident that has been shrouded in secrecy ever since.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Virginia Special Session Ends Abruptly After Bitter Feuding

Virginia lawmakers ended a knock-down, drag-out fight Monday without drawing new congressional maps or filling a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. But Democrats got what they wanted.

Concert On National Mall To Raise Awareness Of Addiction

Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh from the Eagles will perform in a concert being planned for the National Mall in October to draw attention to the problem of addiction.

Virginia Legislators Battle Over State Supreme Court Pick

A special session in Richmond, for which lawmakers convenedto fix the state's congressional map, became the scene of a bitter debate over a vacancy on the state Supreme Court Monday.

To Spread Message Of Nonviolence, Men Walk From Baltimore To D.C.

A group of men walked from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. to spread a message of non-violence.

D.C.'s Salvadoran Foodies Elevating Their Country's Tasty Fare

Tens of thousands of Salvadoran immigrants have made their way to the D.C. area since their country's bloody civil war decades ago, and many are now applying classical techniques to elevate their native cuisine.

Uber Does Not Serve Disabled People, Say D.C. Advocates

Disability rights advocates say companies like Uber and Lyft are not doing enough to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles in D.C., and it may take a federal court ruling or new legislation to clear the air.

Virginia Lawmakers Set To Work On Drawing New Congressional Boundaries

The Congressional boundaries in Virginia have been deemed unconstitutional, so state lawmakers only have until Sept. 1 to compromise on new boundaries before a court does it for them.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Carving Of Activist Jonathan Myrick Daniels To Be Added To National Cathedral

An Episcopal seminary student and civil rights activist who took a bullet intended for an African American teenager will be honored at the Washington National Cathedral with a stone carving of his likeness.

Friday, August 14, 2015

What's Next For D.C.'s Summer Youth Employment Program?

While the summer employment program expands, D.C. legislators have called for an audit to measure its success.

D.C. Council Member Proposes Decriminalizing Sex Work

"If you continue to arrest women or men involved in commercical sex work, you are just spinning your wheels — you are not really addressing the real issues on the table," says D.C. Council member David Grosso.

Prince George's Purple Line Deal, And More, With Robert McCartney Of 'The Washington Post'

The columnist discusses transportation news in Maryland, as well as Gov. Larry Hogan's approach to immigration policy, and the machinations around filling a vacant state Supreme Court seat in Virginia.

Where D.C. Crime Has Surged, Police Are Adding Officers And Gear

Security cameras and bright flood lights are being stationed in specific spots. In the Shaw neighborhood, there's an officer in a tent, making direct contact with residents and handing out information.