The number of riders using the new Silver Line has underwhelmed so far, but things like a lack of pedestrian and biking infrastructure connecting to the stations may be holding the line back, according to an internal Metro study.
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Will Banning Spotters Curb Predatory Towing? Probably Not, Officials Say

Montgomery County lawmakers have officially banned the use of spotters by tow companies, but officials with the county's consumer protection office say they don't expect it to fix predatory towing.

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Farms, Coasts And Air Conditioning: What Climate Change Means For Virginia

Climate change presents obstacles for just about everywhere in the United States — but rising temperatures are expected to be felt keenly in a number of Virginia's important economic areas.

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In His Memoir, A Cocaine Kingpin's Son Sheds Light On D.C.'s Crack Era

Tony Lewis Jr. is the son of Tony Lewis Sr., a former cocaine kingpin in D.C. who's been in prison since 1989. In Lewis Jr.'s new memoir, "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration," he shares stories and lessons from his upbringing during D.C.'s crack epidemic.

The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better Pools

As society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, is there still a place for a team created for gay and lesbian swimmers?
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Virginia Republicans Put Off Meeting With Governor Over New Congressional Map

Virginia's congressional map has twice been ruled unconstitutional, but state Republicans have so far put off meeting with the state's Democratic governor to redraw the boundaries.

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How To Fund A Transit Project: A Purple Line Explainer

Key decisions are coming that will determine whether the 16-mile Purple Line light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton is built next year. Not surprisingly, many of them revolve around money.
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Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
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Pilot Program Makes Inmates Eligible For Education Grants

In hopes of reducing recidivism, the Obama administration is announcing a pilot program that will allow incarcerated students the ability to receive federal Pell grants for college courses.
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Black Lives Matter: Coming To A Museum Near You?

How do you curate a museum exhibit about the protests in Ferguson, Mo.? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open next fall.
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Review Of Leaked Test Results Shows Doping Is Widespread In Track And Field

The reports are based on the results of more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. Experts said analysis shows the sport's governing body has failed to take sufficient action against dopers.
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Bat Boy, 9, Dies After Being Struck In Baseball Game

During his team's game Saturday, Kaiser Carlile was hit in the head by a bat as he ran past the on-deck circle. The tragic accident has left a Kansas community in mourning.
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Baltimore Launched Martin O'Malley, Then Weighed Him Down

The city was a political launchpad for the presidential candidate, but his "zero tolerance" policing has drawn criticism for affecting the community's relationship with law enforcement.
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Burundi's Former Intelligence Chief Assassinated

The killing was a surgical strike that many believe was carried out by members of the military. Many worry that if the army is pulled into political divisions, the country is headed toward civil war.
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Al Jazeera's Mohamed Fahmy Waits To Hear If He Faces More Prison Time

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was arrested and sent to prison in Egypt in 2013, talks to Renee Montagne. After spending 14 months in prison and 5 months out on bail, he faces a retrial.
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Greek Stocks Drop Sharply As Market Reopens For First Time Since June

When it opened, the Athens Stock Exchange General Index plummeted from 797.52 down to a new 52-week low of 615 — a drop of nearly 23 percent.
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Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico's First Lady Angélica Rivera

Mexico's first lady promised she would would sell a multimillion-dollar home bought under controversial circumstances. Many questions remain regarding the purchase, and she hasn't sold the house.