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Friday, June 8, 2012

Analysis: D.C. Council Regroups, While Silver Line Project Drops PLA

Phil Mendelson and Vincent Orange are seeking interim D.C. Council Chairman seat. Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney talks Kwame and Silver Line as well.

Only Yellow Line Escapes Weekend Track Work

Track work will snag the Blue, Orange, Green and Red Lines this weekend, so be prepared to add at least 20 minutes to your travel times on anything other than the Yellow.

Maggie James, Virginia’s Oldest Woman, Dies At 112

Friday marks the passing of Maggie Margaret Montague James, the oldest resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who lived a remarkable life spanning 112 years.

LGBT Teens Face Severe Challenges, Report Finds

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers growing up in America face more challenges in nearly every aspect of their lives than straight teens, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. 

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Prep For Battle In Maryland

Advocates for upholding Maryland's new law allowing same-sex marriage are readying their resources for a fight should opponents succeed in forcing a referendum on the measure. 

Kwame Brown Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud, Campaign Finance Charge

Embattled former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud as well as a campaign finance violation stemming from his 2008 campaign.

Door to Door: Dupont Circle, D.C. & Lynhaven, Va.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Dupont Circle and the Lynhaven neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

Old D.C. Housing Projects Give Way To New

Public housing residents talk about how their lives are changing as old subsidized apartment blocks make way for new kinds of dwellings.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Celebrating Two Centuries Of Dickens

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this year, and while he is perhaps best known for his more popular novels, the man and his work went much deeper than that.

Group Works To Restore Adams Morgan Mural

A small group of enthusiastic residents are pushing to save and restore an Adam's Morgan mural with a decades-old history for the area's Latino community.

Montgomery County Planning Board Considers Costco Gas Station

A Costco "mega" gas station in Wheaton has drawn the ire of residents concerned with its proximity to their community, and a Montgomery County planning board is considering restrictions on where such structures can be built.

'Playing Politics' With Interest Rates On Student Loans

Federal interest rates on student loans are set to double on July 1, unless Congress takes action. Area Republicans claim President Obama is playing politics with legislation aimed at ensuring that doesn't happen.

D.C. Council Limits Reach Of Secure Communities

The controversial federal immigration program called Secure Communities remains the object of controversy in D.C., after the city council voted to limit the duration of detention for illegal immigrants.

Most Virginians Say Gay Marriage Not Deciding Issue

While Virginia remain divided over the issue of gay marriage, a new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that for a majority of residents of the Commonwealth, it won't influence their presidential vote.

D.C. Man Pleads Guilty To Running Online Prostitution Ring

A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges after taking in more than $1.8 million operating an online prostitution ring in the area.