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All Opinions Are Local: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

A gulf-size crisis in the Chesapeake

By Hilary Jacobs Baltimore The June 3 Metro article “Future of Chesapeake Bay back in focus” quoted William C. 8Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as saying: “We have a gulf oil spill right here on the Chesapeake every...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 4, 2010; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , HotTopic , environment  
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Georgetown: Unite behind streetcars

Ever since the engineers designing the Metrorail system in the 1960s decided against locating a station in Georgetown, generations of Washingtonians have passed on the urban legend that the reason no station was located in Georgetown was that fussy...

By Topher Mathews  |  June 4, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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Everybody has transit fever

With all the talk about the Silver and Purple lines, streetcars, and all the other exciting transit projects in the works around D.C., it's easy to see that a shift in thinking is underway. Finally, we seem to be...

By Dan Malouff  |  June 3, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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The cul-de-sac's redeeming quality: Spaces for children

My wife and I both grew up on cul-de-sacs.* These popular elements of 20th-century housing subdivisions have come under considerable criticism. However, there's a lot we can learn from their biggest success: providing safe and visible spaces for children....

By David Alpert  |  June 3, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , recreation , transportation  
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Where is the bus?

When riding Metrobus, it can be a gamble that you will reach your destination in a direct manner in a reasonable amount of time.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 2, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Metro , traffic , transportation  
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Dems tell McDonnell to go fishing again

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The way Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell puts it, most longtime business executives incur thousands in SEC fines. He makes it sound normal that Fred Malek, whom the governor appointed head of a new reform commission, and...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  June 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy  
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'Delmarva Shore' ahead?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Beaches of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Every weekend from now until Labor Day, thousands of New Englanders will travel to Cape Cod, thousands of New Yorkers will go to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore, and thousands...

By Dan Malouff  |  June 2, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Jackson still stands by Calvo raid

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK In case you missed it last week, Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson, who is running for county executive, answered criticism for Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo's dogs being shot during an infamous, botched raid by...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 2, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Too plugged in to connect?

By Lee Merecicky Alexandria Regarding the May 28 Style feature “Unplugged,” on going without the Internet for a week: I am 62 and an attorney in the District. My cellphone and e-mail are critical to my work, but I absolutely...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 1, 2010; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro  
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Virginia's human trafficking problem

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Virginia is becoming a hotbed for human trafficking since Maryland and the District have gotten tougher on the crime. The U.S. State Department estimates that about 18,000 people, most of them women and foreign-born, are being tricked...

By Peter Galuszka  |  June 1, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland , Montgomery County , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , police  
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Common sense on streetcar wires

The D.C. Council's bill to allow streetcar wires on H Street should pass quickly.

By Dan Malouff  |  June 1, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Mayor Fenty , economy , environment , traffic , transportation  
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Barry surprised at streetcar plan from Barry mayoralty

During the streetcar debate, D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has repeatedly expressed puzzlement that a streetcar line is being planned for H Street. He seems to think the idea appeared out of the blue. But he shouldn't...

By David Alpert  |  June 1, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , Marion Barry , transportation  | Tags: DC, DDOT, Marion Barry, Phil Mendelson, streetcars  
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Metro miseries

While the Metro budget may be tight, bureaucracy never seems to find better ways to curtail costs or increase efficiencies.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 31, 2010; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Metro , traffic , transportation  
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Motorists, bicyclists should share the road

Motorists and bicyclists can coexist if all obey the law and go out of their way to recognize the presence of others.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 31, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , traffic , transportation  
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