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From TicketsNow to Tickets Gone

Meri Gibbs Annapolis Regarding the May 3 Sunday Arts article “Concert Industry Responds to Fans Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place”: I purchased two lower-level seats in early February for the May 18 Bruce Springsteen concert at Verizon Center....

By Marisa Katz  |  May 8, 2009; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Give Metro's Buskers a Break

Annie Ervin Arlington I witnessed the arrest of the “Metro Trio” on the evening of May 5. The “Metro Trio” is the name I lovingly give the three men who frequent the Metro Center station singing barbershop-style arrangements. Their arrest...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 8, 2009; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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No Recession for Domestic Violence

Peg Hacskaylo Washington In the past month, two families have been murdered in the Washington area by patriarchs who then committed suicide. Investigations revealed that the fathers appeared to have been suffering from the catastrophic effects of the economic downturn....

By Marisa Katz  |  May 8, 2009; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  crime , economy  
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GOP Revolution in Alexandria

By Terri Hauser Alexandria Amid all the hand-wringing and obituaries from politicians and pundits, Alexandria Republicans last week defied the odds, defeated two Democrat incumbents, and elected two of their own to the city’s six-member City Council — Frank Fannon...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 8, 2009; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Va. Politics  
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One Man, One Woman -- Only

By Harry R. Jackson Jr. Beltsville When the D.C. Council passed a measure last week to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, the council members acted surreptitiously and violated the sacred trust of their office. This decision, in which little attention...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 8, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  same-sex marriage  
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Marion Barry Doesn't Get It

By Michael Stanek Washington There were nights in high school and college when I’d cry myself to sleep over the confusion and frustration I felt over my sexuality. As with every other moment at that time, I’d force my tears...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 8, 2009; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Marion Barry , same-sex marriage  
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D.C.'s Same-Sex Marriage Vote

By David A. Catania Last week, the District took an important step toward fulfilling its motto of justitia omnibus (justice for all). By a 12 to 1 vote, the D.C. Council voted to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other...

By Gina Acosta  |  May 7, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  same-sex marriage  
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Wal-Mart vs. the Wilderness

By James McPherson In May 1864, two armies clashed in a desperate struggle for the course of our nation's history. The Battle of the Wilderness was a great turning point of the Civil War -- the first clash between Robert...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Bright Future for the United Way

As a volunteer and supporter of United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) for more than 15 years, I have witnessed many chapters in the organization's history. Despite dramatic changes in leadership, fluctuation in staffing levels, and the current...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Not Enough Stimulus for the Mall

By John Lockwood Washington The Interior Department's plan to set aside $76.8 million in stimulus funds to repair and restore the Mall is good news, for the Mall desperately needs help. Unfortunately, $76.8 million is not enough. Much of this...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  National Mall , parks  
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A PATH to Dirty Energy in Our Region

By Bruce Nilles Richmond, Va. Discussion about transmission line planning and green power is popular in Washington these days. A vast network of new high-voltage transmission lines is needed, we're told, to bring renewable energy to market. But does that...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  energy , environment  
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Ruining a Protest

By Kathy Murdock-Helms Montclair, Va. I was disgusted to read about the violence and vandalism perpetrated in the District over the IMF-World Bank meetings last weekend ["A Day of Vandalism, Violence," Metro, April 26]. Yes, we are fortunate to live...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  crime  
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Butts of Contempt

By Karen Kirschenbauer South Riding, Va. At least twice a week I see people toss cigarettes out of their cars, presumably for the rest of us to clean up. I find this behavior to be ignorant and unacceptable. People need...

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  smoking  
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Infuriating Traffic Tie-Ups

By Chad Pillai Fredericksburg, Va. Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine should fire his transportation secretary, Pierce R. Homer, and his state police superintendent, W. Steven Flaherty, for their gross negligence and mismanagement of the construction projects on Interstates 95 and 395....

By Marisa Katz  |  May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  traffic  
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