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Monday, January 19, 2015

Washington And Lee Students Will Have Off MLK Day — Starting Next Year

Schools around the country are closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but undergraduate students at Washington and Lee University are expected to attend class on the Lexington, Virginia, campus.

D.C. Fire Blames Metro For Communication Breakdown During Fatal Incident

As lawmakers prepare to meet with safety officials Wednesday, a report by D.C. fire officials blames Metro for the communication breakdown during the incident on the train last week.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Where To Look For MLK 'Day Of Service' Activities Monday

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has become a staple in the D.C. area — here are some resources to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

D.C. Report Says Firefighters Had Trouble Communicating During Metro Incident

An initial report on the response by D.C. firefighters to the smoke-filled Yellow Line train on Monday confirms that first responders had difficulty communicating by radio as they traveled through Metro tunnels on their way to evacuating the passengers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Report Raises More Questions About Deadly Metro Incident

Federal investigators have released a preliminary report that is raising more questions about why rescuers could not promptly reach trapped passengers aboard Metro's Yellow Line at L'Enfant Plaza station Monday.

DDOT Hits 'Reset Button' On Streetcar Project

D.C.'s long-delayed streetcar line along H Street NE has a new boss, and he is taking a different approach to getting it ready for passengers.

In Last Presser, O'Malley Offers Scant Hints About Presidential Ambitions

Martin O'Malley held his last press conference Friday as governor of Maryland. Whether he'll be holding others in the future — as a presidential candidate — is still up in the air.

Do New Parents Tend To Flee D.C.? The Numbers Point To 'Yes'

A new study from D.C.'s Chief Financial Officer proves what has so far been anecdotal: New parents are more likely to leave D.C. than residents who don't have kids.

Metro Smoke Incident: Bowser Promises Full Report, Lawsuits Filed

In the days since Monday's deadly Metro incident that killed one and injured dozens, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has promised a quick report on the city's response, lawsuits have been filed and members of Congress have demanded a safety briefing from Metro.

Northam Makes The Best Of Being Virginia's Second-In-Command

Virginia's Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam plays a key role in presiding over the state Senate, which graveled into session this week. So what's it like to play second fiddle to His Excellency, the governor? We decided to take a look behind the scenes.

Students, Hogan's Your Man — Governor-Elect Backs Post-Labor Day School Start

Supporters of moving the start of school in Maryland past Labor Day are going all in this year in Annapolis to get their way.

Bowser Pushes Up Publication Of Report On Initial D.C. Response To Metro Incident

The timeline of events that led to the delayed rescue of passengers trapped on a smoke-filled Yellow Line train on Monday is becoming clearer, though key questions remain unanswered about the response to the deadly incident inside the L'Enfant Plaza station tunnel.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

D.C. Streetcar Opening Delayed Again, Won't Debut Next Week As Planned

Launching D.C. first streetcar line next week has been "taken off the table," according to a source with knowledge of project planning.

O'Malley, Brown Address Maryland General Assembly For The Last Time

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown addressed the General Assembly for the final time Thursday.

Q&A: Eleanor Holmes Norton On D.C. Home Rule

Eleanor Holmes Norton has been the District's only voice in Congress for the past 24 years.

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