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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Herndon Moves Its Town Council Election To November Amid Disagreement

Voters in Herndon, Virginia, will be choosing their town council members in November rather than May. But that's despite the General Assembly rejecting that proposal last month.

Looking Back On The '90s Musical Weirdos In One Corner of Baltimore County

Two decades ago the Towson-Glen Arm crew rallied around a love of art, activism and the avant-garde, bridging the silly and the sincere.

For D.C. Streetcar Line, 2.2 Miles' Worth Of Questions Remain

Whatever safety issues are holding up the grand opening of the H Street Northeast line are not obvious to the naked eye. So what are they?

All The Way To The Top? McDonnell Might Try To Go There

Lawyers for the embattled former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are preparing for their day in appeals court. Could they be laying the groundwork to continue the fight after that?

'Rain Tax' Bill Survives In Maryland, And Hogan Doesn't Care That It's Not His Own

If the General Assembly does change what is officially known as the stormwater management fee, it probably won't be through a bill from the governor's own party.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Report: Low-Cost Apartments All But Gone, Rent Hikes Hitting Most D.C. Residents

A new report finds that the city’s stock of affordable rental housing is all but gone.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In His Fight To Overturn Conviction, McDonnell Has Hefty Support

The list of people who have signed their name to friend-of-the-court briefs reads like a who's-who of law and politics.

Supporters And Opponents Of Maryland 'Death With Dignity' Bill Share Emotional Testimony

If there is one bill in this session of Maryland's General Assembly that has seized the public's attention, it's the "Death With Dignity" bill that would allow terminally ill patients to take their own lives.

Protesters Criticize D.C. Police For 'Jump-Outs' And Other Police Tactics

Protesters used a D.C. police oversight hearing on Tuesday to denounce policing tactics they termed heavy-handed and racist.

Feds Arrest Thousands Of Criminal Immigrants, Including Some In D.C. Region

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a nationwide operation conducted last week has captured more than 2,000 criminal aliens who the agency says posed a risk to public safety.

After Critical Audit, D.C. Reviewing Contract With Group That Serves Homeless

D.C. officials say they are reviewing the city's relationship with a non-profit organization that has been accused of overbilling the city and potentially breaking the law in the management of two contracts worth over $80 million for services to homeless residents.

Will The Shuffle In Maryland Politics Leave Democrats Vulnerable?

Some wonder whether a divisive primary could leave their party open to another Republican upset for a statewide seat.

Dozens Captured In D.C. Area Under Federal Immigration Agency's Sweep

Under the federal Operation Cross Check, more than 50 arrests were made in Virginia, about three dozen in Maryland and a handful in D.C.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Race For Mikulski's Seat Could Be A Showdown Between Suburban Members Of Congress

The race to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is only a week old, but campaigning is underway more than a year before voters head to the polls.

Report: Half Of D.C. High School Students Are Chronically Truant

In D.C. public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school.