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Virginia lawmakers aim for a transportation bill on the final lap of their legislative session. Prince George's County grapples with a surge of violence in suburban Maryland. And D.C.'s mayor drops hints he may be gearing up for re-election. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Next week the Supreme Court will review a Maryland appeals court's decision that it's unconstitutional for police to collect genetic samples from suspects before they are convicted for possible matches to other crimes. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) championed the DNA law, and said he expects the high court to support the challenge in a 9-0 ruling. "This is how we're able to solve old cases, cold cases, violent cases," Gansler said. He added that DNA is race-neutral and socioeconomically neutral.

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D.C. Nonprofit Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of 'Flanders Fields'

A local non-profit is marking the 100th anniversary of a famous war poem with an event and the launch of a new fund for veterans.

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McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a video released Monday.
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Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

Police in Virginia will have to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal case, a victory for privacy advocates, but a measure to limit data collection from license plate readers was shot down.

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The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

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