Maryland voters green light a casino at National Harbor, but developers face legal roadblocks. The District unveils a list of school closings, but some parents want to put on the brakes. And D.C.'s former Council chair cruises through sentencing on bank fraud charges. It's our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Politics Hour Video
Arlington County board member Walter Tejada discussed immigration reform, the Latino community's enthusiasm gap during the 2012 elections and how the Republican Party can garner support from minorities.
Rob Buyea gets it. The children's book author spent six years teaching elementary school. He's dedicated his book Because of Mr.Terupt to his former third and fourth grade students. "It's because of them that I began writing," he says.
For writer Diana Abu-Jaber, a special seasonal cookie is a reminder of that mainstay of all holiday activities, the family fight. When she was a child, Abu-Jaber's German-American grandmother would visit, bringing tins and tins of homemade Christmas cookies. Her stay also came at the price of an annual flare-up with her Jordanian immigrant son-in-law.
More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore — most of them blacks. One Maryland gun group says it's in a unique position to help steer the city's black youth away from the path of gun violence by focusing on discipline, training and black history.
The nation used Twitter to mark the second inauguration of President Obama and to get information on the Boston Marathon bombing, but the year's most retweeted tweet was about the sudden death of a TV star.
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