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Monday, December 15, 2014

Virginia Lawmakers Cautious About Ethics — And Eggs — After McDonnell Conviction

Virginia state lawmakers are taking a new view of their day-to-day activities — including breakfast — now that former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has been convicted of corruption.

After A Long Wait, Safety Measures Come To Arkansas Avenue

Key safety upgrades on Arkansas Avenue NW in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood came as the result of a minor alteration to the roadway, but one that took months of public outcry to persuade the District Department of Transportation to make.

Bowser Appoints New Senior Officials For Education, Human Services

D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser today announced new appointments for senior positions in education and human services.

As Lottery Opens, Bowser Remains Mum On Tweaks To New School Boundaries

The District's citywide school lottery opened to students today, incorporating new school boundaries and feeder patterns adopted by Mayor Vincent Gray. But Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser again said she would tweak those changes, though remained quiet on the details.

Bowser To Make Final Pitch For 2024 Olympic Games

D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser will travel to San Francisco tonight to make the final pitch for the region's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Change To WAMU 88.5's Traffic Reports

After 10:05 each weekday, WAMU 88.5 will air traffic information only on an as-needed basis.

For One D.C. Resident, Congressional Interference On Pot Is Nothing New

For Wayne Turner, the recent congressional move to block marijuana legalization in D.C. is quite familiar: In 1998, Congress blocked a medical marijuana initiative that he helped put on the ballot.

Transurban Takes Step Towards Profitability With 495 Express Lanes

They're still not quite profitable, but the 495 Express Lanes along the beltway in Virginia are at least generating enough tolls for the company Transurban to coverage their operating costs.

Thousands Rallied In D.C. Saturday For An End To Police Brutality

Protesters carrying signs with slogans like "black lives matter" took to the streets of Washington on Saturday to call for justice after several high-profile deaths where prosecutors opted not to charge police.

Ocean City Congregation Renews Efforts To Help Needy After Tragedy

The congregation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church By the Sea lost both their pastor and their church in a tragic fire last year, but they are continuing their mission to help the needy.

Freer, Sackler Galleries Become First Fully Digitized Smithsonian Museums

The future of the museum may be digital. That's the thinking at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where they have just completed the digitization of their entire collection — a first for the Smithsonian.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Law Protecting Tenants Rights In Virginia May Get Tweak

Virginia tenants often fail to complain about their living conditions for fear of retaliation from landlords. A bill set to be introduced next year would give judges more leeway to help.

Mega-Irruption Of Snowy Owls Will Continue, Just Not In D.C. This Year

A once-in-a-century irruption of snowy owls last year prompted sightings of the birds across the D.C. region, including one famously at The Washington Post building. Scientists don't expect a repeat this year.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ex-Gov. McDonnell Faces A Decade In Prison

The United States Probation Office is recommending the former Virginia governor be sentenced to 10 years and one month following his conviction on corruption charges.

Gov.-Elect Hogan Meets MoCo Delegation; Still Mum On Purple Line

Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan met the solidly democratic Montgomery County delegation for the first time this week. But he's still saving his ideas about the Purple Line for after he takes office in January.