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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New, $62 Million Road Gets Ribbon Cutting In Virginia

Seven smiling Northern Virginia politicians snipped a red ribbon along Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County, now four lanes wide instead of two, fresh asphalt for commuters traveling between Routes 50 and 29.

With Ramadan's Exit, Virginia's 87th District Race Heats Up

The last-minute exit of a Virginia House of Delegates member is opening up one of the most competitive races in the region. Now Republicans have selected a candidate to appear on the ballot this November, and the race is expected to be one of the most competitive in the region.

Pot May Have Been Decriminalized In Maryland, But Bongs Are Still Illegal

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill decriminalizing the possession of drug paraphernalia in the state. So while possessing 10 grams of pot won't get you in trouble, holding a bong will.

Mendelson Dumps Bowser's Sales Tax Hike, But Gives On Most Everything Else

Despite scrapping a proposed increase in the sales tax, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Tuesday that Mayor Muriel Bowser would get most of what she wanted in her 2016 budget.

Virginia Has Highest Rate Of Uninsured In The Country

The number of people without health insurance is on the decline across the country, but lagging behind other states is Virginia, where 14 percent of the population is without insurance.

New Transit App, Split, Pushes User To Share The Backseat

A new entrant into the growing world of on-demand transportation apps in the District uses sustainability as its pitch — with users sharing the ride with others going the same direction.

Prince George's County Turns To Property Tax Hike To Pump Up Flagging Schools

A property tax hike of 15 cents on every $100 of assessed value is on the table for the Prince George's County Council — an increase the county executive says is necessary to boost schools.

Should Montgomery County Ban Pesticide Use On Lawns?

A bill before the Montgomery County Council would ban the use of pesticides on lawns, citing potential health effects, but while the bill has many supporters, critics say the policy is misguided.

Monday, May 25, 2015

D.C. Police Need To Identify Themselves Better, Says Complaint Board

D.C.'s Office of Police Complaints has received nearly 400 allegations of officers failing to identify themselves since 2006 — something the city's complaint board says should be changed.

Stars, Stripes And Crowds Line Constitution Avenue For Memorial Day Parade

The American Veterans Center's National Memorial Day Parade was just one of many local parades taking place Monday, and Martin Di Caro was there to take in the spectacle.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Virginia Tops Country For Student Referrals To Law Enforcement

Virginia public schools refer students to law enforcement agencies or the courts at a higher rate than any other state, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Second Annual Funk Parade To Take Over U Street

This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sledding Ban On Capitol Hill Remains Intact, But Won't Be Enforced

Some children got a lesson in civil disobedience earlier this year, peacefully protesting by sledding on the Capitol Hill grounds despite a ban. It's looking like they may be only sort-of breaking the rules if they go sledding next snowfall.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Taxi Drivers Suing D.C. Over 'Unfair' Two-Tiered System

The D.C. Council passed regulations last year that made ride-hailing apps like Uber legal — but cabbies are now suing over the law, saying it puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. O'Malley Expected To Announce Candidacy For President

More signs are pointing to O'Malley running for the nation's top office. He'll announce his decision at an event in Baltimore May 30.