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Monday, June 1, 2015

'Goods, Not Guns': D.C. Businesses Urged To Say 'No' To Concealed Handguns

In what could be the first visible sign of how the District is adapting to an era of looser gun laws, two D.C. residents are kicking off a campaign on Tuesday to encourage local businesses to post signs prohibiting patrons from entering with concealed handguns.

Residents East Of Anacostia Blame New 11th Street Bridge For Traffic Woes

The new 11th Street Bridge was designed to relieve traffic between Anacostia Freeway and I-695, but residents east of the river say their local roads have been clogged with spillover.

What If Pepco Was Replaced With A City-Owned Electric Utility?

While the D.C. Council weighs the merger of power companies Exelon and Pepco, one D.C. Council member wants to study the feasability of a municipally-owned utility a la Seattle or Los Angeles.

With Virginia Primaries A Week Away, The Direct Mail Is Coming

It's the final week before primary election day in Virginia, and that means the gloves are coming off in direct mail campaigns for races like the State Senate and local boards of supervisors.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Jurisdictions Scramble To Find Alternatives To Virginia's Vulnerable Voting Machines

Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Elections found a series of security issues with WINVote machines used across the state — and now localities are trying to find alternatives, which will include hand-counting ballots.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. O'Malley Stirs Hype For Expected Presidential Run

If there was any suspense left, the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor sapped it Friday with the release of a hint-dropping video.

Poll: Maryland Voters Concerned About Time Spent On Standardized Tests

When it comes to education issues, Maryland voters are worried about too much standardized testing of kids more than anything else, according to a poll commissioned and released by the state's teachers union. The survey shows rare bipartisan agreement on education in Maryland.

How Long Should Anonymous Sexual-Assault Evidence Be Retained?

In many cases, victims of sexual assault do not want to press charges. Many don't even want to give their identities when hospitals collect DNA evidence. That creates a quandary for law enforcement officials.

Lane Closures, Weight Limit In Effect On Aging Memorial Bridge

No Metro buses can travel across the bridge until emergency repairs are completed. Federal officials say they could take at least six months.

Virginia Residents Who Could Lose Homes To Wider I-66 Sound Off

The Virginia Department of Transportation heard from homeowners along the Interstate 66 corridor in Fairfax County Thursday night and the consensus was clear: the agency must fix its plans to expand the highway to ten lanes for 25 miles from the Beltway west to Haymarket.

Metro To Pressure Feds For Decision On Whether It Can Scrap Old Railcars

A top Metro official will meet the head of the Federal Transit Administration next week in the latest move by the D.C. region’s transit authority to convince federal transportation officials to give Metro permission to send about 200 aging railcars to the scrap yard.

To Help Fight World Hunger, You Can Overeat At José Andrés' 'Dine-N-Dash'

On June 9, 17 restaurants in Penn Quarter will take part in the Dine-N-Dash, an event to help José Andrés' nonprofit World Central Kitchen fight hunger across the globe.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

D.C. Immigrants Remain In Shadows While Reform Hits Roadblock

The administration's appeal to lift an injunction against his executive actions on immigration reform was denied. Consequently tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the metro D.C. area will continue to live in the shadows.

Housing? Green Space? Fairfax County Weighs Options For Land Acquired In 1981

Leaders in Fairfax County are considering a controversial proposal that would finally develop a long-dormant stretch of land along the Route One corridor.

Facing Anti-Islam Campaign, Metro Bans All Political Ads For Rest Of The Year

The D.C. region’s transit authority is the latest public transportation system in the country to bar all political, religious, and advocacy advertisements, days after a controversial anti-Islam group sought to put up an ad in train stations and on the sides of buses.