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1 hr ago | The Washington Post

Remember the Navy Yard tragedy Tuesday at Canal Park

Tuesday is a somber day in the District of Columbia: It is first anniversary of the Navy Yard rampage, in which deranged contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 workers before being shot to death by police . The main ceremony commemorating the victims will be an invitation-only affair taking place behind the walls of the Navy Yard complex itself, featuring Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and members of the Navy brass.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Steny Hoyer

5 hrs ago | Fleet Owner Magazine

DOT offers up $600 million more in TIGER grants

In the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or "TIGER" discretionary grant program, the Department of Transportation is released $600 million to fund 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia. However, in a conference call with reporters last week, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said only about $138 million of those monies are aimed at funding freight transportation projects.

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9 hrs ago | Reuters

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia statehood

A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state. The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US News, US Politics, Senator Tom Carper, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton

9 hrs ago | WHTC

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia state...

A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state. The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US News, US Politics, Senator Tom Carper, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton

12 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Campaign to legalize marijuana in D.C. selects new slogans for November vote

The campaign to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia has settled on its slogans for the Nov. 4 election: "Vote to refocus Police Resources," and "Legalization Ends Discrimination." The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is confident that organizers have nailed it.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Washington DC

14 hrs ago | TBD.com

D.C. statehood bill to be considered by Congressional committee Monday

For the first time in 21 years, a Congressional committee will consider the notion of turning the District of Columbia into the nation's 51st state. A Senate committee will hear testimony on Monday about a bill that would transform the nation's capital into the "state of New Columbia."

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Eye On The Left: Bush, Hitler, Ritler, Pelosi and the South Pacific

A Washington, D.C., public school, apparently in an effort to shape students like the majority of residents in the District of Columbia, recently assigned sixth-graders a homework assignment that required students to compare former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

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Washington Times

D.C. resumes push for statehood

The District's top elected officials will join legal scholars on Capitol Hill Monday for the first congressional hearing on D.C. statehood in 20 years. The "New Columbia Admission Act" would reduce the federal District of Columbia to an enclave of land including the National Mall and White House while the remainder of the city would become the country's 51st state.

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Related Topix: US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington DC, National Mall, US National Parks, Vincent Gray, US Governors

Washington Examiner

DC police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run crash

District of Columbia police say the man was struck about 3:15 a.m. Sunday by a dark color, four-door Chrysler sedan. It happened near Georgia Avenue and Girard Street.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

SFGate

Police investigating whether murders are connected

TV reports that police are investigating any possible connections between an unsolved July murder of a woman inside her home and the recent killing of the deputy director of operations the District of Columbia Department of Corrections , Carolyn Cross. Twenty-nine-year-old Dawit Seyoum was arrested earlier this week and charged with Cross's murder.

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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Eight States Usher in Changes to Estate Tax Laws

Although the count of death tax jurisdictions remains the same for 2015 , eight states are marshaling in changes in 2015. These states are increasing the amount exempt from death tax, indexing the exemption amount for inflation, and eradicating "cliff" provisions that tax the first dollar of an estate.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US Governors, Chris Christie

Housing Wire

FHFA, HSBC reach $550M settlement over mortgages

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a settlement for $550 million with HSBC North America Holdings , related companies and specifically named individuals , resolving claims that it violated private-label mortgage-backed security laws. The claims alleged violations of federal, Virginia and District of Columbia securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during 2005-2007.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Washington DC

Fri Sep 12, 2014

US News & World Report

8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

Shrimati Bhanu Narasimhan, a petite Indian woman wrapped in a bright fuchsia sari, has a soft voice but a big presence. She holds the rapt attention of some 100 people who have come to learn how to meditate at the Art of Living Center in the District of Columbia.

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ABA Journal

New conviction-integrity unit in DC is said to be first created by a federal prosecutor

Joining a trend that has sparked the creation of conviction-integrity units in a number of state prosecutor's offices, the District of Columbia is establishing what is billed as the first such unit in a federal prosecutor's office. "As prosecutors, our goal is not to win convictions, but to do justice," U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. told the Washington Post .

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Related Topix: Washington DC, Criminal Defense Law, Law

The Bugle

Arizona schools earn D on national report card

Arizona was one of 20 states, with the District of Columbia, to get a grade of D or worse for their students' academic achievement on a national report card. The national report card on schools measured math and reading scores for fourth- and eighth-grade students to get an academic achievement score.

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Related Topix: Arizona, Washington DC

Mass Transit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces 72 TIGER 2014 Recipients

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Sept. 12 announced that the Department of Transportation would provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia from its TIGER 2014 program.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

FindLaw

Durant v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission 901 LLC

Before BECKWITH and McLEESE, Associate Judges, and NEWMAN, Senior Judge. David W. Brown for petitioner.

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Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A 51st state

Senate Democrats who are anxious about their re-election prospects in November are puzzled that Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, a Democrat, is pushing the fantasy of statehood for the District of Columbia so close to the November elections. His Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Monday on his bill to add two members to the Senate and a voting member of to the House.

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Related Topix: US News, Washington DC, Vincent Gray, US Governors, Opinion

Examiner.com

District of Columbia residents are called to volunteer service in memory of 9-11

Today as District of Columbia residents went about their daily routines the security measures put in place by President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists attacks on America were clearly seen working effectively and in place across the city. Flags flew at half staff as programs to remember the 9-11 attacks took place across the city.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, George Bush, W., Vincent Gray, US Governors

The Washington Post

Measuring the cost of statesa Obamacare decisions

The early story of the Affordable Care Act can be challenging to generalize sometimes because so much of it depends on decisions made at the state level - both before and during implementation of the ACA. Did states defer to a federal-run exchange, or did they set up their own? In the states that built their own insurance marketplaces, did the Web site actually work? Did they expand Medicaid programs to low-income adults? Did they temporarily let people keep their old health plans? Those decisions made across 50 states and the District of Columbia came with measurable consequences, according to new research from the Brookings Institution, published as part of the twice-annual Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Medicaid, Washington DC, World News

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