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“Books from Birth” hopes to address education disparity in D.C.

Earlier this week at a Southeast Neighborhood Library, D.C. Council Member Charles Allen introduced the creation of a bill that would mail a book a month to every child under the age of five in the District as part… Read More

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D.C. moves further toward regulation and taxation of marijuana

Last week on Nov. 25, D.C. councilmembers voted in favor of legislation to regulate and license the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana in the District. Cannabis stores could open as early as 2016 if the Council approves… Read More

D.C. mourns the loss of former mayor and councilmember Marion Barry

Early Sunday morning, United Medical Center announced the passing of former D.C. mayor and councilmember Marion Barry. He died at the age of 78 due to heart complications. Given the nickname “mayor-for-life”, Barry served 15 years as a… Read More

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D.C. taxi drivers protest new ridesharing service legislation

On Tuesday afternoon, D.C. cab drivers sounded their horns to draw attention to the D.C. Council vote that now permits app-based services like uberX and Lyft to operate legally within the District. The two-hour protest, which took place… Read More

In happier government news, D.C. tax rate falls a little bit

Starting today, shopping will cost you a tiny bit less than it did yesterday. In a revolutionary effort to stimulate the economy, the D.C. Council voted to lower the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 5.75 percent…. Read More

D.C. budget breakdown: City transportation changes and more help for low-income housing

Last week, the D.C. Council approved a record $12.1 billion city budget for fiscal 2014. The new budget, which likely will be officially passed next month, includes several key changes to city transportation and low-income housing. Circulator bus… Read More

District Digest: Old bills in the council and new trains on the Metro

D.C. Council recycles old legislative material In preparation for their first major meeting of 2013, several lawmakers on the D.C. Council reintroduced old propositions, which were previously not passed. The tactic is a classic attempt by legislators to… Read More

College students, rejoice! D.C. Council moves to allow Sunday liquor sales

Moar of dis The District of Columbia is slated to leave the dwindling number of states still outlawing off-premises Sunday liquor sales. This Tuesday, the D.C. Council initially approved a measure that would completely revamp the district’s alcohol… Read More

District Digest: Yo-Yo Ma visits and D.C. Council dysfunctions

Yo-Yo Ma stops by elementary school in Anacostia Famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel visited Savoy Elementary School in Ward 8 to perform and work with students after his performance at… Read More

District Digest: Bills pass and schools may be slashed

This week, barring the national sex scandals, D.C. Chancellor Kaya Henderson comes out in opposition to the proposal to close 20 public schools in the city, and a bill is in the making to make adults in the… Read More