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D.C. Funk Parade: City should support U Street celebration
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:21:51 GMT
The funniest moment to come out of the Bowser administration thus far may have been when Michael Czin, the mayor’s communications director, told radio station WAMU last week that “We are a pro-funk administration.” He was responding to increasing pressure from a group of Ward 1 residents who are pushing the new mayor to support the second annual D.C. Funk Parade scheduled for May along U Street, NW.Read full article >>

Prince William school system faces more cuts, with full-day kindergarten at risk
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:59:00 GMT
Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.Read full article >>

Protesters rally outside White House, demanding ‘total elimination’ of nuclear weapons
WashingtonPost.com / Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:32:43 GMT
About 100 demonstrators, holding signs that said, “No $1 Trillion Nuclear Arsenal,” rallied outside the White House Saturday, calling on President Obama to halt plans to invest billions of dollars to expand and rebuild the country’s nuclear arsenal.Read full article >>

John B. Geer had hands up when shot by police, four officers say in documents
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:52:00 GMT
John B. Geer stood with his hands on top of the storm door of his Springfield, Va., townhouse and calmly said to four Fairfax County police officers with guns pointed at him: “I don’t want anybody to get shot . . . . And I don’t wanna get shot, ’cause I don’t want to die today.”Read full article >>

Carl Djerassi, a chemist behind the birth control pill, dies at 91
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:28:00 GMT
Carl Djerassi, who provided the chemistry behind the sexual revolution by patenting the synthetic hormone used in the Pill, the oral contraceptive sold under various names in the U.S. since 1960, died Jan. 30 at his home in San Francisco. He was 91.Read full article >>

Kelly: Remembering innovative guitarist Bo Diddley’s time in Washington
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:51:53 GMT
Bo Diddley used to live on Rhode Island Avenue and had a recording studio in his house. Where exactly was that? After a night doing sound for bands at DC9, I drive a long stretch of Rhode Island Avenue home. Often, I’m the only car on the street, and I find my mind wandering as I wonder “Is it that one?” I’m not gonna go knock on the door and ask for a tour. I just want to be able to give it a nod and a wink when I pass by.Read full article >>

Richard von Weizsaecker, German president from 1984 to 1994, dies at 94
WashingtonPost.com / Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:08:31 GMT
Richard von Weizsaecker, a onetime soldier in Hitler’s army who used his largely ceremonial office as president of Germany to denounce his country’s Nazi past and to condemn intolerance toward immigrants and other minorities, died Jan. 31. He was 94.Read full article >>

Weather Gang: Wintry mix may slicken roads on Super Bowl Sunday; most areas change to rain Sunday ni
WashingtonPost.com / Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:15:50 GMT
Game over for Super Bowl snowstorm? Not quite, but it would probably take a Hail Mary for snow lovers to get the win. Icy roads are still possible on Sunday, though.

Leggett withdraws proposal for independent Montgomery transit authority
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:46:00 GMT
After a week of questions and withering criticism, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett withdrew his proposal Saturday for a new independent agency to finance and operate a planned network of bus-only traffic lanes.Read full article >>

January’s over: not much colder than normal but still freezing much of the time
WashingtonPost.com / Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:59:00 GMT
High-fives seemed little in evidence, but Washington may still merit congratulations for completing, at midnight Saturday, one of the sternest weather tests offered here: the month of January, historically the coldest on the calendar.Read full article >>

Arlington’s no-silos approach has housed hundreds of chronically homeless adults
WashingtonPost.com / Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:01:39 GMT
Late at night, David Clark wakes up and goes to the kitchen to choose from the boxes of cereal atop his refrigerator. He pours cold milk into the bowl and counts his blessings. Toilet paper, which he keeps in abundant supply. Body wash that lathers up nicely. A machine to shampoo the rugs in his immaculate one-bedroom apartment. Read full article >>

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