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All Opinions Are Local: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

The more things change ...

Two Washington photos taken about 100 years apart: Washington crowds watching the US-England World Cup match on June 12. [Reuters/Hyungwon Kang.] Washington crowds watching 1912 World Series scores being reported outside the Washington Post building. [Photo courtesy of Shorpy.com.]...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 18, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , sports  
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McDonnell makes case for rider seats on Metro board

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is trying to take some of Virginia's WMATA board seats away from the Northern Virginia counties that appoint them, and is threatening to derail federal funding for safety-related improvements unless he gets his way. McDonnell's...

By David Alpert  |  June 18, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , transportation  
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Talking points won't heal D.C.'s youth

Despite the best efforts at reform, most correctional facilities remain violent and punitive. It’s harder to address these issues than it is to write alarmist columns in the paper.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 17, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Mayor Fenty , crime , guns , media , public health  
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National Pinball Museum headed to Georgetown?

Soon Georgetown may be host to just about the most fun national museum in Washington: the National Pinball Museum. A product of one man's nearly lifelong love of the game, the museum right now is a collection of more...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 17, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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A hold-your-nose commute from Takoma

I am appalled by the squalid conditions of the Takoma station. Metro can do better for Red Line patrons.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 16, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Metro , Montgomery County , Takoma , traffic , transportation  
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D.C. faring better than suburbs on growth

Surprise! The 21st century isn't the same as the 20th. Demographically speaking, that is, as this neat mapping tool makes clear. Click on any county in the United States, and the map will display lines indicating where residents of...

By Dan Malouff  |  June 16, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Maryland , Montgomery County , PG County , Prince George's County , Virginia , development , economy , traffic , transportation  
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Georgetown Apple store finally ready to open

This Friday night, Apple will finally open its store at 1229 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Georgetown. It's the culmination of a saga stretching back two and a half years to when the technology giant bought the building that housed...

By Topher Mathews  |  June 16, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Georgetown , HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , economy , real estate  
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The true cost of driving the Dulles Greenway

By Bruce Hill Ashburn The June 12 Metro article “Md. set tolls for 1st part of ICC” continued a misrepresentation of the true cost to many drivers of the tolls on the Dulles Greenway. The article described Maryland’s proposed charge...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 15, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , traffic , transportation  
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D.C. should vote like California

Back in April, I suggested that the District consider scrapping primaries and adopting a preferential voting system. This would expand the number of voters participating in meaningful elections, and it would enable voters to vote their hearts and their...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 15, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , DC Vote , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Hello, Hollywood

Unlike Michigan, Virginia probably won't be paying $800,000 to Clint Eastwood anytime soon. But the state nonetheless became Hollywood's newest suitor with a Monday signing by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell. After endearing himself to Northrop Grumman and Canadian tourists,...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  June 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia  
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D.C.'s HIV/AIDS office is in good hands

By Guy-Oreido Weston Silver Spring Regarding the June 11 Metro article “Vacuum feared at top of D.C. HIV/AIDS agency”: There’s no question that Shannon L. Hader made great strides in improving what had been a floundering public health enterprise. Her...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 14, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HIV , HotTopic , public health  
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A bad start for D.C.'s surplus property bill

Last year, the D.C. Council passed the Public Land Surplus Standards Amendment Act. This law was drafted to bring transparency to the process by which the District determines that a publicly owned property is no longer needed and should be...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 14, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Perriello gets his challenger

Without a doubt, the most important race to watch in Virginia this year is that for Rep. Tom Perriello's seat in the 5th Congressional District, which stretches from the affluent university town of Charlottesville to the hardscrabble furniture and...

By Peter Galuszka  |  June 14, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , education , energy , environment , health care , taxes , transportation  
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Crossing Route 7 will mean long waits in Tysons

VDOT is widening Route 7 in Tysons Corner to fit in the Silver Line. New signals will require pedestrians to use two full light cycles to cross the road. This is making pedestrian conditions worse just as Fairfax is...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 14, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , Tysons Corner , Virginia  
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