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All Opinions Are Local: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Corey Stewart wants Virginia to be Arizona

Once again playing the wedge politics of fear and discrimination, Corey A. Stewart is beating the drum for Virginia to adopt Arizona-style immigation laws. The chairman of the Prince WIlliam County Board of Supervisors has been on Fox News...

By Peter Galuszka  |  June 25, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Fairfax County , Prince William County , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , education , health care , housing , public health , race , real estate , schools  
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No K Street 'Feet in the Street'

DDOT will not be holding a Feet in the Street walking and cycling event on K Street because D.C.'s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency won't allow a special event with any cross traffic. Cities around the world, from...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Parole didn't cause this tragedy

By Rick Binetti Towson In a June 20 Local Opinions commentary, “A tragic reminder of Maryland’s broken parole system,” former Maryland Division of Correction employee Hal Riedl offered a misleading account of how much time Cyril Cornelius Williams, the suspect...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 24, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Prince George's County  
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Metro dodges the death spiral

At approximately 2:25 this afternoon, the WMATA board approved next year's budget, including the assortment of fare hikes that were proposed in May and designed to maintain the system and avoid cuts to service. The fare hikes include across-the-board...

By Dan Malouff  |  June 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , transportation  
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A price tag for the Hurt Home

Would you sell a palatial mansion in Georgetown for only $1.37 million? Well, you're about to. The District is proposing to sell the historic Hurt Home building in Georgetown to a private developer to convert into condos. The price...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 24, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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McDonnell commission has chance to recycle

Will Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s government reform commission become anything more than a moderately impressive bullet-point on its members’ resumes? Initially, the commission seems to have two strikes against it -- or at least against how it is perceived....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 24, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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Manute Bol's other legacy

By Robert McFarlane, Arlington Thanks for your generous tribute to Manute Bol, who died on Saturday in Charlottesville at 47 [“Former Washington Bullet was a singular force in the NBA,” Metro, June 20]. Although I followed Mr. Bol’s career as...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 23, 2010; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , education , sports  
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This year in global warming

Spring 2010 was officially the warmest on record both for Washington, D.C., locally and Earth as a whole. Deniers can bicker about how inconvenient it all is, how it may or may not be due to human interference, or...

By Dan Malouff  |  June 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , environment  
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Is The Post too negative on Metro?

Tuesday was the first anniversary of the Metro crash, and The Post came out negative on the year's safety developments. The headline said efforts have "lost momentum" and the lede said there has been "too little progress." There could...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 23, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , transportation  
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Virginia must keep its Metro funding pledge

By Catherine Hudgins and Chris Zimmerman Virginia’s transportation secretary, Sean T. Connaughton, has informed the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission that he will not honor the state’s commitment to provide $50 million annually for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board’s...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 22, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro , Virginia , transportation  
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Richmond's rail dilemma

As in many cities, some Richmonders are caught up in the new urbanist wave, dreaming of living without cars close to downtown offices, restaurants and intra-city transportation. A big part of that involves the ornate, Renaissance Revival Main Street...

By Peter Galuszka  |  June 22, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , energy , environment , traffic , transportation  
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Today is the day we fix Tysons Corner

The maddening thing about Tysons Corner is that it isn't dense enough. Really. There's a minimum density threshold that communities have to reach to make walking and transit viable alternatives to driving. Tysons isn't there yet. It has about...

By Dan Malouff  |  June 22, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Tysons Corner , Virginia , development , parks , traffic , transportation  
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Virginia gives lobbyists some wiggle room

Despite recent changes, reporting requirements for Virginia lobbyists may not not be comprehensive enough.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  June 22, 2010; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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A flawed plan for Tysons Corner

The Planning Commission did the right thing in rejecting the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's development plan for Tysons Corner.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 21, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , Tysons Corner , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , housing , parks , real estate , recreation , schools , traffic , transportation  
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BP spill affecting local seafood prices

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill hasn't hit Virginia's coastline, but its effects are hitting the local seafood industry.

By Peter Galuszka  |  June 21, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , environment , public health , transportation , wildlife  
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More than one missed opportunity

Friday's Washington Post features a cautionary tale of real estate greed, in which the owner of a Massachusetts Avenue building who wanted to cash in by selling to developers demanded such outrageous prices that the suitors dried up and...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 21, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , development  
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Excellence in D.C. schools

While we are trying to create high achievement in all D.C. schools, we need to salute it where we have it.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 21, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Mayor Fenty , education , schools  
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