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All Opinions Are Local: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Fenty's message to the voters

By Kyle Southern Washington As a member of Young Education Professionals-DC, I was deeply disappointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s 11th-hour cancellation of his participation in the education debate sponsored by that organization [“Fenty a no-show at schools debate,” Metro,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 2, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Mayor Fenty  
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Details on those Hurt Home changes

As previewed yesterday, significant changes were announced to the proposed Hurt Home development at a community meeting last night. While some reservations over the details remain, all in all the community appears to now support the project. Unlike the...

By Topher Mathews  |  July 2, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , housing  
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More walkable urbanism is good for everyone

Lydia DePillis asks whether the transformation of Tysons Corner into a real city will be good or bad for DC. Will it? Definitely. First off, there's plenty of demand for walkable urbanism to go around. The high prices for...

By David Alpert  |  July 2, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , transportation  
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Who's who among Virginia political donors

Virginia is a bit of an exhibitionist. We keep an election calendar that’s opposite to every other state but New Jersey. Habits we’ve held forever–like always electing a Democratic majority to our legislature and always voting for the Republican...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 1, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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The Washington that almost was

Map of unbuilt DC highways. Click to enlarge. Imagine three beltways around Washington. In addition to the I-495 we all know and love, picture a more inner loop slicing through Glover Park and Brightwood, and covering the top of...

By Dan Malouff  |  July 1, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , traffic , transportation  
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Why Stalin mattered to D-Day's success

By Mike Lofgren, Alexandria The June 26 editorial “Stalin, hero of D-Day?,” about the new Stalin bust at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., betrayed either historical ignorance or ideological blindness. Joseph Stalin was an unsavory character. But unlike...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 30, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , military , parks , recreation  
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Was it worth the wait?

The new Apple Store opened in Georgetown on June 18. After the crowds died down, I stopped by and had a look. The verdict: vast, a bit bland in parts, but downright graceful in others. Check out photos and...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 30, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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What's wrong with quoting AAA?

I spent a lot of time thinking about what exactly bothered me so much about Ashley Halsey's Saturday article on New York Avenue speed cameras, AAA's response and Cornell Professor Isaac Kramnick. After all, on the merits, I agree...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 30, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , traffic , transportation  
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A vote for retrocession

By Victor Cholewicki Washington Michael Liszewski advanced a partly good idea in his June 27 letter, “Statehood is D.C.’s best option.” Since today’s District is a subset of the original District (Alexandria and Arlington were retroceded to Virginia in 1847),...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 29, 2010; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote , HotTopic  
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Statehood is not a fallback position

By Anne Roberts Washington The June 20 editorial "Columbia, the 51st state?” missed the point. Statehood is not a fallback position after a loss on House voting rights. It is the only option that gives D.C. residents the same control...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 29, 2010; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote  
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Selling Va.'s ABC stores: The details are everything

As with with several other of his initiatives, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has been big on ideas and short on details when it comes to privatizing the state's 330 Alcoholic Beverage Control stores. He wants to sell off...

By Peter Galuszka  |  June 29, 2010; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , public health , taxes , traffic , transportation  
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Does Virginia need a Sherlock Holmes?

It's ironic, isn't it? Leaders often promise to shrink government by creating more government. An example: Last year, President Obama named the federal government's first chief performance officer, hiring Jeffrey Zients to weed out ineffective government programs. States are...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  June 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What would McDonnell do with Metro board seats?

There's been a lot of debate about Governor Bob McDonnell's push to change some of Virginia's Metro Board seats from local elected officials in Northern Virginia to gubernatorial appointees. The Post endorsed the idea, while criticizing the timing, while many transit groups oppose it. But amid this debate, one question isn't really being asked: What would he do differently?

By David Alpert  |  June 28, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Metro , Virginia , transportation  | Tags: Alexandria, Arlington, Bob McDonnell, Catherine Hudgins, Chris Zimmerman, Fairfax, Jeff McKay, Metro, Metro Board, Virginia, William Euille  
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Deaf ears to summer danger

For a mother to leave her child in a car on a baking day without rolling down the windows is just heartbreaking.

By Vince Rinehart  |  June 28, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , day care , public health , weather  
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