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3 hrs ago | 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

8 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: us Travel, Travel, Washington DC, Maine, North America Travel, Los Angeles Travel, Northeastern University

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

Victorville Daily Press

The widening gap

The Center for Education Reform is by no means the only privately funded organization devoted to broadening school choice for parents and their children, but it's one of the most effective. It was founded in 1993, at the beginning of the voucher and charter school movement, and was, according to its website, "founded to bridge policy and practice and restore excellence in education, through promoting choice and accountability in schools."

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Related Topix: Adolescents and Pre-Teens, Family, Washington DC, Opinion

Washington Examiner

DC officer shoots suspect after being hit by car

District of Columbia police say an officer shot a fleeing suspect after the man hit the officer with his car. The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that the shooting happened Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. in the area of 31st Street and South Dakota Avenue northeast.

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The Spokesman-Review

Idaho: The Next-To-Last State

Not so bad. Last winter, the state's leadership cringed when it heard that Idaho's low-skill, low-wage economy had produced the 50th lowest per capita income in the nation.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

Burnt Orange Report

More Republican Governors Are Expanding Medicaid, But Not Rick Perry

Pennsylvania has recently become the ninth state with a Republican governor to expand Medicaid. The Republican governors of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio have already expanded Medicaid in some form.

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Related Topix: Medicaid, Health, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Mike Pence, Pennsylvania, Rick Perry, US Governors, Washington DC, Tom Corbett

Boing Boing

Cannabis Pharmacy: the practical guide to medical marijuana

Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties. There are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Washington DC, Medicine, Herbalism

Washington Times

Woman suing Reds pitcher won't have to reveal name

A woman who accused Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon of sexual assault in a lawsuit doesn't have to publicly reveal her name unless the case goes to trial, a District of Columbia judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled that the woman, who has been identified in court filings as Jane Doe, doesn't have to re-file her lawsuit using her real name as Simon's lawyers had wanted.

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Business Journal

Florida ranks low on best places to have a baby

Fun fact: September is the most popular month to have a baby. Another fact, maybe not as fun: Florida ranked in the bottom half of a new list of Best States to Have a Baby.

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