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Thursday, July 9, 2015

With Early Lines And Go-Go Swing, A New Ben's Chili Bowl Opens On H Street

One of D.C.'s most beloved eateries now has a second location to bring its half-smokes to the public.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Celebrity Chef José Andrés Pulls Out Of Trump Hotel

The restauranteur says it's impossible to open an eatery at Donald Trump's hotel given his disparaging remarks about immigrants.

Metro Reaches 'Milestone' On Financial Controls Imposed By FTA

The financial problems for Metro are far from over, even as the transit authority has reached what is being called a "significant milestone" in complying with federal standards following an FTA audit last year.

Election Official Says Letting Non-Citizens Vote In D.C. Elections Would Face Hurdles

A bill that would allow legal permanent residents to vote in D.C. elections has been favorably received by legislators, though some skeptics worry about the logistics of implementing the measure.

Keep It Down! Residents Near Reagan National Bring Noise Complaints To FAA

Are airplanes flying into Reagan Washington National Airport really making more noise than they once did? Residents groups met with officials from the FAA Wednesday to lodge their complaints.

Judge Rules Against Redskins, Says Team Name 'May Disparage' Native Americans

The decision takes the team one step closer to losing its trademark protection over the name, which the judge agreed "may disparage" Native Americans.

Pope's Speech To Congress To Be Broadcast From Capitol

Jumbotrons, typically used for Memorial Day and July Fourth celebrations as well as for presidential inaugurations, will be set up on the West Front of the Capitol for the speech in September.

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore Plans Presidential Run

Gilmore said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he plans to announce his candidacy in the first week of August.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Judges To Decide Whether Virginia District Map Illegally Clusters Black Voters

A panel of federal judges in Alexandria is weighing whether the Virginia House of Delegates illegally grouped black voters into certain legislative districts.

With Petition & Protest, Pressure Builds On José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump Hotel

Local pressure is building on restaurateur José Andrés to sever his ties to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who in a speech said immigrants coming into the U.S. are criminals and "rapists."

D.C. Ranks High On 'Health' Of Democracy, Though Campaign Finance Laws Lag

According to a new report, D.C. fares well in providing access to the ballot — but falls behind due to the weakness of its campaign finance laws.

D.C. Metro Area Movers Should Be On The Lookout For Fraud, Report Says

Getting ready to pack up and move to a new pad? Make sure to do your due diligence before hiring movers, because the D.C. area is more prone to fraud than most places.

Funding To Help Buy Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs Entirely Unspent In D.C.

D.C. taxicab companies are required by law to increase their fleet of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, but while many companies miss the deadlines, money to help them make the transition has not been allocated.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Clearing The Path For Higher-End Booze At Montgomery County Bars, Restaurants

When it comes to nightlife in the D.C. region, Montgomery County lags behind. But lawmakers there are implementing changes they hope will help make the county a bigger nightlife destination.

Presidential Candidates Grapple With Tough Ballot Requirements In Virginia

In Virginia, candidates running for president are scrambling to determine how to get on the ballot, or if it's even worth the hassle.