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Monday, September 19, 2016

Exhibit Draws A Line From The Black Panthers To 'Black Lives Matter'

"It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice" highlights artwork from black cultural movements from the 1960s to today.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Is Virginia Suddenly Purple Again? New Poll Shows Tighter Presidential Race

Mary Washington University's Center for Leadership and Media Studies found that Democrat Hillary Clinton might only have a thin lead over Republican Donald Trump in Virginia.

LISTEN: Debate Over Confederate Monuments in Virginia, and Criminal Justice in D.C.

A conversation with The Washington Post's Robert McCartney on this week's top political stories in the region.

Amid Debate Over D.C.'s Red-Light Cameras, Study Notes That They Save Lives

Critics of D.C.'s red-light camera program say it unevenly enforces the law, dishing out fines intended to fill the District's treasury, but researchers say the community should keep the bigger picture in mind.

D.C. Democratic Party Names Robert White As Interim Replacement for Vincent Orange

Robert White will assume Orange's City Council seat through the general election in November.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In D.C.'s 'Little Rome,' Development Sparks Debate Over God, Growth And Green Space

Struggling to stay afloat, three Catholic orders in D.C.'s Little Rome are looking to sell some of their land to developers. The proposed sales have sparked a debate over the character and future of a neighborhood that is both suburban in feel and Catholic in identity.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

'Noise, Body, Music' Brings Counterculture To Downtown Rockville

The new, multidisciplinary exhibit at VisArts takes an experimental approach with an emphasis on noise music and artwork by teenagers.

D.C. Updates Police Body Camera Policy After Terrence Sterling Shooting

D.C. is requiring police officers to verbally acknowledge that their body cameras are turned on before responding to a call, following the fatal shooting of motorcyclist that wasn’t caught on video.

LISTEN: Why Did Some Riders Hop Out Of A Stopped Metro Train And Into The Tunnel?

This week at least two passengers self-evacuated from a Red Line train stopped in the tunnel between Farragut North and Dupont Circle. People who were on the train tell Martin Di Caro that Metro failed to provide clear and timely information about what was happening.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

U.S. Army 'Loves Museums' But Didn't Start Building A National One Until Now

Every branch of the U.S. military has a national museum, except the Army. But that's about to change at a site in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Spy Museum Breaks Ground On New Building At L'Enfant Plaza

The country's only museum dedicated to espionage broke ground on a new building Wednesday, having outgrown its current home in Chinatown.

Kaine Downplays Presidential Readiness Amid Clinton Illness

Tim Kaine was asked if there's more pressure to prove he's up for the presidency given Hillary Clinton's pneumonia. The usually folksy and expansive Virginia senator was curt: No, he said, he absolutely does not think that.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LISTEN: A View From 7th Street In Shaw, As A New Museum Awaits On The Mall

In advance of the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, we're revisiting portions of black history in the Washington region. John Johnson, a contributor to our Anacostia Unmapped series, has a story about the view from one D.C. neighborhood and a poet who grew up there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

LISTEN: Is There Hope For The Washington Redskins This Year?

Washington Post sportswriter Liz Clarke speaks with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the team's first game — and first loss — on Monday night.

Northern Virginia Commuters Beware: Longest SafeTrack Surge Set To Begin

It's going to be peak SafeTrack for riders on the Orange Line starting this week — with 42 days of weekday single tracking and weekend station closures likely to prompt crowded cars and headaches.