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Under zoning code, few restrictions on what can be built on NE property
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:58:03 GMT

The two sides of the 1500 block of A Street NE look very similar. Both are lined with idyllic two-story, single-family homes. Most of the houses have stoops and small front yards.

The north side is likely to stay that way; it’s off-limits to developers and businesses. But on the south side, there may soon be a five-story condominium looming over the neighbors.

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D.C. Council to sue Mayor Vincent Gray over budget spending law
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:07:00 GMT

The D.C. Council will sue Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city’s chief financial officer, the council chairman said Wednesday, setting up the first such legal showdown between the city’s two branches of government in a decade.

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Minority parties see power grab for D.C. vote
WashingtonTimes.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:43:12 -0400

The District's Republican Party says it will sue any sitting Democrat on the D.C. Council who opts to run as an independent for one of two at-large seats reserved for minority political parties, promising the latest spirited defense of the set-aside positions that have long been a source of discord ...


Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, April 17-23, 2014.
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:13 GMT

THU 17

D.C. Design House The seventh annual design showcase transforms 29 spaces inside a six-bedroom, 7,500-square-foot Forest Hills home. Proceeds benefit the Children’s National Health System. Continues Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Through May 11. 4600 Linnean Avenue, 4600 Linnean Ave. NW. www.dcdesignhouse.com. $25.

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Dr. Gridlock: Part of Route 28 closed in Montgomery County
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:43:12 GMT

The intersection of Routes 28 and 109 was closed Thursday morning after a car flipped over on Route 28 around 4 a.m.

A Montgomery County police officer said that police had not identified the cause of the crash, which involved only one car, and did not know whether anyone inside the car was injured.

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Virginia Tech pays fine for failure to warn campus during 2007 mass shooting
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:57:23 GMT

Virginia Tech has paid $32,500 to satisfy federal fines lodged by the U.S. Department of Education, which charged that the university did not adequately warn its campus community at the beginning of a 2007 rampage that became one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

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Veterans, unclaimed for 25 years, laid to rest with honors at Quantico
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:22:20 GMT

TRIANGLE, Va. — No one who attended Wednesday’s funeral service at Quantico National Cemetery had ever met the two World War II-era veterans who were being laid to rest.

Their names, their ranks and their decorations had only recently been learned. No one could even say where the men were from.

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Bodies of two men found near I-295
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:00 GMT

The bodies of two men were found Wednesday morning near an exit ramp from northbound Interstate 295 at Pennsylvania Avenue SE, D.C. authorities said.

D.C. police received a report of an unresponsive male in a homeless encampment off the exit ramp at 9:09 a.m., police spokesman Araz Alali said.

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At a shad planking in southern Va., politicians enjoy bipartisanship, bluegrass and bony fish
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:44:25 GMT

Wakefield, Va. — Robert Bain stood holding a bourbon in a red plastic cup as Virginians munched on smoked shad and a bluegrass band called Common Ground played amid the pines.

The Shad Planking — the commonwealth’s long-running annual political meet-and-greet — was winding down Wednesday after months of work corralling volunteers and drumming up ticket sales, and Bain, a burly real estate broker, allowed a potentially Pollyannaish sentiment to emerge.

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McCartney: Don’t let Big Tobacco hook a new generation on nicotine with alluring ads for e-cigaret
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:18:00 GMT

The tobacco industry is sharply raising spending on advertisements and other marketing for electronic cigarettes to try to make smoking glamorous again and hook a new generation of Americans on nicotine.

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Dartmouth College president: School’s ‘promise is being hijacked by extreme behavior’
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:16 GMT

Philip J. Hanlon, president of Dartmouth College, delivered a speech Wednesday night in which he said that the elite Ivy League school’s promise “is being hijacked by extreme behavior, masked by its perpetrators as acceptable fun.” He continued: “The list of offenses is familiar. From sexual assaults on campus ... to a culture where dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception ... to a general disregard for human dignity as exemplified by hazing, parties with racist and sexist undertones, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults hurled on the internet ... to a social scene that is too often at odds with the practices of inclusion that students are right to expect on a college campus in 2014.”

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