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All Opinions Are Local: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Doubt Obamacare? Take a drive to Wise County

If you're a Washingtonian who doesn't understand why health-care reform is necessary, why not take a weekend trip? Jump in your car and drive southwest 400 miles for a little more than seven hours to Wise, Va., in the...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 23, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , disability pay , economy , education , energy , environment , health care , public health , schools , transportation  
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Will Va. catch up on fighting human trafficking?

Last night, Richmonders heard stories of slavery -- but they weren't stories from the 1800s. "Samantha" told how, at age 14, she was convinced to run away from home by a man she'd met at a mall in New...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 23, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , crime  
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The wrong spot for the National Latino Museum

By Charles A. Birnbaum Washington Philip Kennicott’s article about proposed sites for a new museum rightly defends not locating it on Washington’s already congested Mall [“In siting a National Latino museum, the best view is the long view,” July 18]....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 22, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , National Mall  
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Should urbanists be nervous about Vince Gray?

One thing that's evident from talking to Chairman Gray is that he's one of the smartest people in the room. He really knows most areas of DC policy inside and out. For me, who thinks about policy a lot,...

By David Alpert  |  July 22, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Just how slow are Georgetown Metrobuses?

Two pieces of news relating to buses in and out of Georgetown to report. First, a few more details on the Circulator takeover of the Blue Bus. Second, a report by WMATA on just how slow our buses are....

By Topher Mathews  |  July 22, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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A bust that belongs at Virginia's D-Day memorial

By Richard Rubenstein Washington In arguing that a bust of Joseph Stalin did not belong at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., Michael Gerson sounded — paradoxically — just like a Stalinist [“Dishonoring D-Day,” op-ed, July 16]. Wasn’t it...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 22, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , history , military  
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Virginia education standards on track

By Eleanor B. Saslaw Springfield Regarding Kristen Amundson’s July 11 Local Opinions piece, “National education standards: The right answer for Virginia”: In taking Gov. Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Board of Education to task for not adopting the Common Core...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 21, 2010; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , schools  
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Historic committee breaks with D.C. tradition

Additional floors on top of historic rowhouses, sometimes called "pop-ups," are one of the most reviled modifications outside historic districts. And for good reason: they're typically ugly, cheap, and stick out like sore thumbs not just for their height...

By David Alpert  |  July 21, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , housing  
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McDonnell stonewalls Chesapeake cleanup

This May, environmentalists hailed two developments that finally seemed to bode well for the Chesapeake Bay. The Environmental Protection Agency settled a lawsuit with activist and seafood groups to start enforcing bay-related pollution rules. Also, the Obama administration announced...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 21, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , education , environment , real estate , wildlife  
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Questions about a private jail for immigrants

On Sunday, The Post story "Immigrant detainees bound for Va. center" described how a $21 million, privately run center for illegal immigrants is due to open soon in the small Central Virginia town of Farmville, about 190 miles southwest...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 20, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , economy , police , race  
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Knee-jerk liquor license opposition undercuts credibility

If a sidewalk cafe is open late at night but nobody is around to object, does it make a sound? And should the local ANC just fight the plan anyway on the assumption that someone must mind? Lydia DePillis...

By David Alpert  |  July 19, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. , Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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