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All Opinions Are Local: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

In school reform, 'collaboration' has an iffy pedigree

By Thomas E. Potter Washington Regarding the Oct. 14 editorial “School reform’s second act”: Despite consistently high spending and many efforts at improvement, D.C. public schools’ performance has been universally recognized as intolerable for more than four decades. During this...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 15, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, schools  
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Kaya Henderson's instructive background

By Mark Kane Sterling I have been following the many controversies surrounding the D.C. Public Schools. Kaya Henderson seems to be well qualified to be a leading administrator and to serve as interim chancellor. I was greatly surprised, though, to...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 15, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C., schools  
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Open season on pedestrians?

In Prince William County, apparently it's completely legal to kill any pedestrian, anytime, if they are in the road but not in a crosswalk. All you have to do is not drive away afterward and be sober. This morning,...

By David Alpert  | October 15, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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What will autonomous cars mean for cities?

Google revealed this week that it is working on autonomous cars, and making a lot of progress. While it's what engineers call a nontrivial problem, making a car drive itself is ultimately just a matter of engineering, and will...

By David Alpert  | October 15, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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The Tea Party reshuffles Virginia's GOP deck

Democrat-bashing was the order of the day at the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention in Richmond last weekend. Yet something more important emerged: just how much the populist, conservative movement is turning Virginia’s Republican Party on its head. Clearly,...

By Peter Galuszka  | October 15, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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No exit from a D.C. ticket thicket

By Richard L. Schmidt Arlington Regarding the Oct. 9 letter from Mark Miller, “Welcome to D.C. That’ll be $125”: On June 22, after completing an errand in the city, I apparently exceeded the posted speed limit (whatever that is) for...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 14, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Getting more 'gay-supportive' with time

You might think that it'd take a little longer than a month and a half, give or take, to change your level of "gay-supportiveness." (It just doesn't seem like one of those wishy-washy things you can flip-flop on.) But...

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 14, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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SmarTrip reform discussion tabled ... again

WMATA's board of directors held committee hearings this morning, and, yet again, discussion about controversial SmarTrip reforms has been tabled and will be revisited further at a future date to be determined. It's another delay in a series of...

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 14, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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More housing units don't guarantee lower rents

The District's 2.5 percent apartment vacancy rate is certainly an indicator of the city's economic strength. Vacancies remain low, even as rents steadily creep higher and new housing units are added at a furious pace. The low vacancy rate...

By Rob Pitingolo  | October 14, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, economy  
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David and Sam get married

I’m thankful to live next to Washington in a year when Republicans didn't control Congress and its power to override D.C. laws. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to attend last weekend’s wedding of David and Sam – dear...

By Keith Berner  | October 14, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Rhee's defeat: Sad but no surprise

By Sheri Singer Arlington One of the brightest lights the District has ever seen is out as D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced her resignation [“Rhee to resign as schools chancellor,” front page, Oct. 13]. Ms. Rhee was not...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 13, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Everyone puts on a happy face at the Rhee press conference

It was a rather smiley affair in the East Room of the Mayflower hotel this morning, as outgoing D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee officially announced her resignation. There were words of optimism, handshakes, thumbs up and awkward hugs-a-plenty between...

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 13, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Google's winds of change in Virginia

The timing couldn't be more revealing. Just as Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, pushing his goal of making Virginia "the Energy Capital of the East Coast," was set to open a hydrocarbon-heavy lineup at a two-day energy conference in Richmond,...

By Peter Galuszka  | October 13, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Could Scott Circle be the next Dupont Circle?

Scott Circle is the worst of downtown’s five main roundabouts. The roads are a hostile mess that pedestrians avoid at all costs, and the green spaces are chopped into such small and disconnected fragments that there’s not a useful...

By Dan Malouff  | October 13, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dorm room sleepovers are part of college

By Erica F. Goldfine Washington Regarding the Oct. 8 front-page article “Howard opens the door (a tad) to overnight guests”: As a recent college graduate, I was surprised by Howard University’s lack of trust in its students. College should be...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 12, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sex survey for D.C. middle schoolers

How far is too far when it comes to asking the District's public school students about sexual behavior? Is it acceptable to ask them if they can name the bodily fluids that transmit HIV? If they know how to...

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 12, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How should the region's transit grow?

How should the Washington region grow its transit system to benefit users across the region? Will the streetcar and rapid bus projects create into a disjointed patchwork or will they mesh well across jurisdictional borders? How can Metrorail avoid...

By David Alpert  | October 12, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A critical need for ambulance fees

By Richard Bowers Rockville John T. Bentivoglio’s Oct. 6 letter criticizing The Post’s editorial in favor of Montgomery County’s proposed ambulance fee reminded me of the old saying: You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 11, 2010; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cuccinelli is the toast of the Tea Party

One fact coming out of the Tea Party convention hasn't really come out on these blog postings, but it is probably the most important one: Kenneth Cuccinelli is the big beneficiary. Any political ambitions that the highly ambitious attorney...

By Peter Galuszka  | October 11, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, guns  
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Biking on a trail

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means for a city to be "bicycle friendly." Obviously, it means that a city is a good place to ride a bike. But that just leads to another question: what...

By Rob Pitingolo  | October 11, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The meaning of Confederate History Month

By John P. Williams Alexandria I found it ironic that The Post placed the article “Faces of the Civil War, staring out across the decades” above Robert McCartney’s column, “McDonnell’s laudable lead on Confederate past,” on the front of the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 10, 2010; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, race  
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Women on the other side of the prosperity gap

By Nicola Goren Washington The Oct. 7 front-page article “More U.S. women pull down big bucks” missed an entire side to the story about the earnings of women in our region. While some of the country’s wealthiest women live here,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 10, 2010; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., economy  
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