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Which do the Washington Wizards need more?

With all the Washington Wizards rumors, there are clearly some changes for the team coming up soon....

By Ryan Kellett | March 7, 2011; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who should pay for the Thomas Jefferson Rotunda?

The Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, the historic heart of the University of Virginia, is crumbling. And fixing a such a large and ornate building is not a simple affair. While University leaders are prepared to raise funds but only if Virginia...

By Ryan Kellett | March 1, 2011; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are you a fitness cliche?

"No one wants to think she's a cliche. But it's time for me to recognize that when it comes to my gym behavior, that's exactly what I am: a cardio-loving woman who has to be forced to hoist a dumbbell,"...

By Abha Bhattarai | March 1, 2011; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

How do you protect your electronic devices on the Metro?

Metro is experiencing a surge in robberies of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices along with a troubling increase in other serious crimes, such as aggravated assault and sexual offenses, Metro data shows. Robberies in the system have steadily increased...

By Ryan Kellett | February 23, 2011; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's your favorite appliance for quick meals?

Popping a slice of bread into the toaster is part of the morning ritual. "People are passionate about their toast," says Betty Byrne, manager of the Hamilton Beach test kitchen. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | February 22, 2011; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

How do you organize your mail, bills and other papers?

By Abha Bhattarai | February 14, 2011; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

More rules and regulations for generator use?

For Arthur Bennett, blackouts now come with a soundtrack. When last month's "thundersnow" knocked out power in Bennett's Montgomery County neighborhood, the preindustrial hush inside his house -- when even the refrigerator seemed to hold its breath -- soon gave...

By Jodi Westrick | February 5, 2011; 09:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

As a Redskins fan, what are you most embarrassed by?

Tom Jackman reports that Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault for an alleged road rage incident. The charge is another black eye for the Redskins' franchise, which made headlines this week for Dan Snyder's defamation...

By Andrea Caumont | February 4, 2011; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

How much should D.C. Council members get paid?

D.C. Council members are the second-highest-paid big-city legislators in the nation and spend more on staff and other expenses than any other city-level lawmaking body in the nation, according to a newly released report by the Pew Charitable Trust. Several...

By Abha Bhattarai | February 2, 2011; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the proper punishment for spitball-like projectiles?

Andrew Mikel II used a plastic tube to blow small plastic pellets at fellow students in Spotsylvania High School. School officials responded by expelling Mikel for possession and use of a weapon. The school called a deputy sheriff onto the...

By Ryan Kellett | February 1, 2011; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Would you paint a room in your house Honeysuckle pink?

If you've grown tired of the grays, off-whites and earth tones that have dominated the design scene in recent years, you're in for a treat. Honeysuckle, a bright and vibrant pink, has been named 2011 Color of the Year by...

By Jodi Westrick | January 31, 2011; 06:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you move to escape traffic congestion?

Traffic delays continue to worsen, and the D.C. area co-leads the United States in delays per vehicle. In 2009, congestion cost the average area resident an extra 70 hours' travel time and the use of an extra 57 gallons of...

By Ryan Kellett | January 20, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are pandas overrated?

Good news for panda lovers: The National Zoo has reached an agreement with China and the zoo's two giant pandas will remain in D.C. for five more years. How do you feel about pandas?...

By Abha Bhattarai | January 19, 2011; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (6)

With libraries cutting back because of budget problems, what will hurt the most?

As Montgomery's politicians and Excel wizards enter the new year focused on unforgiving budget math, the county's readers are learning more about what ongoing library cuts mean for their local branches and daily routines. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | January 3, 2011; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

Should Donald Henderson, take down his "Happy birthday Jesus" sign?

A Prince William homeowner is battling his homeowner's association, which says he should remove the "Happy birthday Jesus" sign he put up as part of his Christmas display. Do you think he should remove the sign?...

By Bethonie Butler | December 29, 2010; 03:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should the District have representation and voting rights in Congress?

The District's population has surpassed the milestone marker of 600,000 residents, reversing a half-century of decline and marking the first increase since Harry S. Truman was president. Results for the 2010 Census announced Tuesday show the nation's capital growing steadily...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 21, 2010; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rate Mayor Fenty's tenure

By Abha Bhattarai | December 20, 2010; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (4)

Have you changed the way you commute?

New Census data shows that Washingtonians are using more public transportation. But the solo car commute still remains the primary choice for two out of three workers....

By Ryan Kellett | December 15, 2010; 06:09 PM ET | Comments (13)

Wrapping paper or gift bags?

By Abha Bhattarai | December 15, 2010; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

Carolers on the metro during rush hour: fun or inconvenience?

Rumors on Twitter and elsewhere say that there might be a surprise on your commute home: carolers on the metro....

By Ryan Kellett | December 13, 2010; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Maryland legalize same-sex marriage?

A majority of senators on a key committee in Maryland now favor legalizing same-sex marriage, making it increasingly likely that the state will join five others and the District in allowing such unions. Membership changes on the panel, where same-sex...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 9, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (17)

How reliable is Pepco in your neighborhood?

A recent Washington Post analysis of Pepco found that the power distribution company ranked at or near the bottom in keeping the power on and restoring it once it goes out. Pepco delivers electricity to 778,000 customers in the District...

By Ryan Kellett | December 4, 2010; 09:45 PM ET | Comments (11)

Real or artificial: Which kind of Christmas tree do you prefer?

By Abha Bhattarai | December 1, 2010; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (8)

Should schools allow students to retake tests when they are caught cheating?

The Fairfax County high school that asked teachers to all but banish F's from its recent report cards has been experimenting with an approach that would allow students caught cheating to retake tests instead of receiving zeros. West Potomac High...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 18, 2010; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

Will you shop at D.C.'s first Wal-Mart?

Discount retailer Wal-Mart has announced that it will open four stores in the District and hire 1,200 people in the city by 2012....

By Ryan Kellett | November 17, 2010; 06:36 PM ET | Comments (33)

Do you agree with the verdict in the Chandra Levy death trial?

A D.C. Superior Court jury on Monday found Ingmar Guandique guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of former federal intern Chandra Levy. The jury of nine women and three men reached its verdict after 3 1/2 days of deliberations....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (41)

Which D.C. team's uniform do you like best?

The Washington Nationals unveiled their 2011 jersey at a press conference tonight. Does the new uniform stand out among those of other D.C sports teams? Vote for your favorite below....

By Bethonie Butler | November 10, 2010; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (5)

Do Americans spend too much time talking about race?

The Montgomery school system has asked parents to join to talk about race. The groups are aimed at addressing the gap in student achievement, which shows up on nearly every standardized test in the country: White and Asian students score...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 8, 2010; 08:07 PM ET | Comments (17)

After news of planned attack, are you less likely to ride Metro?

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a nascent plot to carry out a series of terrorist bombings at stations in the Washington Metro system, according to intelligence and law enforcement sources. The investigation is focused on a naturalized U.S. citizen,...

By Jodi Westrick | October 27, 2010; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (31)

Should the Thirsty Turtle be closed?

The Thirsty Turtle bar has been open for three years, but that's long enough to develop a reputation and following among University of Maryland students. Last week David B. Mitchell, the new chief of the university's police department, urged city...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 21, 2010; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

How do you feel about driving in D.C.?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 15, 2010; 06:22 PM ET | Comments (13)

Are you ready to give up your desk chair?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 15, 2010; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Grade Michelle Rhee's progress

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced that she is resigning at the end of October, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that drew national acclaim but also became a central issue in the recent mayoral primary race....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 12, 2010; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (63)

Should public schools be serving dinner to kids?

D.C. public schools have started serving an early dinner to an estimated 10,000 students, many of whom are now receiving three meals a day from the system as it expand efforts to curb childhood hunger and poor nutrtition. Free and...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 12, 2010; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (38)

What do you think of Howard's decision?

Howard University is experimenting this fall with something that many universities did at least a generation ago, allowing undergraduates to stay overnight in each other's dorm rooms....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 07:22 PM ET | Comments (12)

Should Michelle Rhee leave D.C. to run
another public school system?

Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has a job, for the moment at least. But after having campaigned against presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) and then called his victory "devastating" for the city's public schoolchildren - an assertion she quickly...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (26)

How much do you value nurses?

It was bad when the Washington Hospital Center fired 18 nurses during last winter's blizzards. It got worse when the nurses union and management failed to negotiate a new contract in the summer. Then last week, the hospital effectively cut...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 6, 2010; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (10)

Should the school day be extended?

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) will introduce a bill Tuesday to extend the school day for 45,000 District public school students by at least a half hour, an effort to give kids more classroom instructional time. The...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 5, 2010; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (12)

What do you think of D.C. implementing protections for raccoons, foxes and other critters?

The raccoons, opossums and foxes that roam District neighborhoods can breathe a bit easier. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that would implement tough new standards for how animal and pest control companies rid District homes...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 5, 2010; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (16)

Where is your favorite dry place?

The moderate to heavy rains expected early Thursday are the spawn of a low-pressure system off the Georgia coast and the remnants of the short-lived Tropical Storm Nicole. That system broke up over Florida about 5 p.m. Wednesday, after causing...

By Jodi Westrick | September 30, 2010; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Would you get an HIV test at the DMV?

Starting Tuesday, getting tested for HIV in the District will be as easy as renewing a driver's license. In what District officials say is the first effort of its kind nationwide, the city will partner with a nonprofit to offer...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 29, 2010; 07:38 PM ET | Comments (7)

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By Abha Bhattarai | September 29, 2010; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's your take on the Lingerie Football League?

TRENTON, N.J. -- In the tunnels beneath the stadium, the pre-game locker room and rituals of the Baltimore Charm -- one of this year's expansion teams in the weird and wonderful Lingerie Football League -- offered a whole new version...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 29, 2010; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (26)

Are you a cat or bird person?

In his gardening column, Adrian Higgins writes about bird lovers' worries about cat attacks, and cat lovers' desire to let their cats roam free. Whose side are you on?...

By Jodi Westrick | September 27, 2010; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (60)

What impact will Obama's remarks have on D.C. schools?

On NBC's "Today" show Monday, President Obama said that his daughters could not get the same level of education from D.C. public schools that they receive at the elite private school they attend and that D.C. public schools are "struggling."...

By Andrea Caumont | September 27, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (44)

Okay to take pets to crowded public events?

To many dog people, outdoor festivals are perfect for their beloved pooch. They are outside, active and full of the kind of stimuli a dog doesn't get during long weekdays in the crate at the condo. But for others, a...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 22, 2010; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (31)

Who's the villain in this story?

Readers are weighing in on the story about Martena Clinton's car being towed and lost by DC police. Many readers are upset that DC police lost Clinton's car, but many others are upset that Clinton parked in a handicapped spot...

By Andrea Caumont | September 20, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (17)

Which recent prohibition by the nation's schools has been the biggest mistake?

Columnist Petula Dvorak laments that thousands of children across the nation returned to school this year without the comfort of a carton of cold, chocolate yum on their cafeteria trays....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 16, 2010; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (24)

Which Redskins great could have been healthier?

It's no secret that elite athletes have special dietary needs. But just how do the Redskins get the nutrients they need? It's not easy. For one thing, they eat a lot. Football players need double or triple the daily calories...

By Jodi Westrick | September 15, 2010; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are you surprised at the D.C. mayoral results?

Adrian Fenty, an incumbent with a $5 million war chest who lost to council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday, used many of the same tactics that had won him the mayoralty in 2006, frustrating advisers who thought he needed...

By Jodi Westrick | September 15, 2010; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (23)

Would you prefer a four-day workweek?

State employees in Virginia could take Fridays off under a proposal the state is considering to save millions of dollars on energy by shutting down government buildings across the state one day a week. Employees would work 10-hour days four...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 14, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Was shooting of dog justified?

A D.C. police officer shot and killed a festival-goer's dog amid hundreds of onlookers in Adams Morgan on Sunday afternoon in an incident that was either completely justified or totally unnecessary, depending on whom you ask. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | September 13, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (62)

Fenty vs. Gray: How much do their positions on crime matter to you?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 10, 2010; 06:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

What should happen to government workers who owe overdue taxes?

Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide but one with potential political ramifications for members of Congress. The debt among Hill...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 9, 2010; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (12)

Should Loudoun County allow unattended displays on courthouse property?

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to uphold a current policy that allows for unattended displays, including religious displays, to be placed on the public grounds of the county courthouse. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 8, 2010; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you swim in the Potomac River?

The Potomac River is cleaner now than it has been in decades, thanks largely to upgrades at Washington's sewage plant - and the proof is on the river bottom, where thickets of underwater grass are replacing mud and murk, according...

By Jodi Westrick | September 8, 2010; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Kennedy Center Honorees: Did they deserve it?

The Kennedy Center announced Tuesday the winners of this year's Kennedy Center Honors: TV host Oprah Winfrey, musician-songwriters Sir Paul McCartney and Merle Haggard, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. Do you agree with the picks? Vote 'yes'...

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (12)

D.C. schools: Better or worse without Michelle Rhee?

The scenario is familiar in the District and big cities across the country: An ambitious leader is appointed to reform schools. Policies and practices are upended, five-year plans unveiled, a flurry of initiatives launched with high hopes. After two or...

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (36)

Did a Prince George's teacher cross the line?

A history class in Prince George's County got an unexpected lesson this week. A parent said that her son's eighth-grade class at Drew Freeman Middle School in Suitland was asked to define such words as "bastard," "wuss" and other commonly...

By Jodi Westrick | September 3, 2010; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (30)

Has Michelle Rhee helped or hurt Adrian
Fenty's campaign?

Since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty brought her to town in 2007, she has closed schools by the dozens, fired teachers by the hundreds, and revamped the way educators are evaluated and paid. In doing so, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A....

By Jodi Westrick | September 1, 2010; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Which federal workplace is best?

It's something every worker can relate to: Your office isn't meeting its goals, customers aren't happy, there's turmoil at the top - and morale is plummeting. It happens in the federal government, too, where agencies facing intense public scrutiny, shifting...

By Jodi Westrick | September 1, 2010; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Which is your favorite 30-second summer video?

They entered, who will win? Choose your favorite video of the summer now!...

By Jodi Westrick | August 30, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will you still go to Nationals games if Stephen Strasburg is out for a year?

Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg will "probably" miss at least one year and perhaps the entire 2011 baseball season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Read the...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 27, 2010; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Good idea to have cameras monitoring bus drivers?

Metro is installing cameras on its entire fleet of 1,500 buses as part of a five-year, $3 million program to monitor driving by bus operators and improve safety, transit officials said Wednesday. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | August 26, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Will Glenn Beck's rally help or hurt Republicans?

When Fox News and talk radio host Glenn Beck comes to Washington this weekend to headline a rally intended to "restore honor" to America, he will test the strength - and potentially expose the weaknesses - of a conservative grass-roots...

By Jodi Westrick | August 26, 2010; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (92)

Grade MoCo schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast

Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2011 school year, bringing a long run as head of one of the country's top school systems to a close. Read the...

By Jodi Westrick | August 24, 2010; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do lower gas prices mean more driving?

With the end of the summer driving season just around the corner, traders and investors on Monday drove gasoline prices to an eight-month low on U.S. commodities markets, providing the latest sign of pessimism about the economic recovery. Read full...

By Jodi Westrick | August 24, 2010; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Agree with Ken Cuccinelli's opinion to allow greater restrictions on abortion clinics?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has issued a legal opinion allowing greater restrictions on abortion clinics. Currently, abortion clinics are regulated the same way as offices where patients receive oral or plastic surgery. Pro-life legislators have supported bills requiring...

By Jodi Westrick | August 23, 2010; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Who should take care of Arlington National Cemetery?

Veterans groups and members of Congress are questioning whether management of Arlington National Cemetery should be transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The discussions come after investigators found dozens of unmarked or mislabeled graves, millions of...

By Jodi Westrick | August 23, 2010; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (5)

How much do you plan to spend on school supplies this year?

By Abha Bhattarai | August 18, 2010; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Which American Girl doll is your favorite?

The American Girls are coming to town next summer. The new Tysons Corner store will feature a hair salon, bistro and Creativi-Tees boutique. Read the full story. Which doll do you like best? Vote below, or add your favorite to...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 17, 2010; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you love or hate Restaurant Week?

D.C.'s Restaurant Week starts this week. While many love the accessibility to restaurants they may not have been able to try regularly, others complain that the quality is not as good. What's your take? Love it or hate it?...

By Jodi Westrick | August 16, 2010; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (7)

Who do you want to see as Redskins' quarterback?

In an offseason marked by dramatic change throughout Redskins Park, there's one player on the roster who knows the team's new offensive playbook better than his teammates. It's not exactly common across the league, but for now, Washington's No. 2...

By Jodi Westrick | August 16, 2010; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (5)

Should Sen. Frank Lautenberg be campaigning at Lady Gaga concert?

Hurry! It's an event absolutely not to be missed. And, according to an e-mail invite we received Wednesday afternoon, there are "ONLY 3 Tickets Left!" Yes, it's almost surely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend "Senator Frank R. Lautenberg & Lady...

By Jodi Westrick | August 12, 2010; 04:19 PM ET | Comments (12)

Who was your favorite D.C. Housewife?

Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of DC' premiered last night, so it's time to rank the ladies. How do you think they did? Rank them from your favorite to least favorite....

By Andrea Caumont | August 6, 2010; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (8)

Should Virginia be in the liquor business?

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) fundamentally believes that running the liquor business ought not to be a government function. But as he prepares to call the legislature into a special session to consider privatizing the state's 76-year monopoly on...

By Andrea Caumont | August 5, 2010; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (8)

Is new Va. immigration opinion fair?

Law enforcement officials in Virginia can inquire into immigration status of those they stop or arrest--just as they can under a controversial new immigration law in Arizona--Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled in an official legal opinion. Written in response to a request for legal advice from Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), Cuccinelli ruled that police officers and other legal authorities can look into the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested. A 2008 Virginia law requires that law enforcement check the immigration status of anyone taken into custody on suspicion of having committed a separate crime. Cuccinelli's opinion could expand such inquiries to those who have been legally stopped by law enforcement, for instance those pulled over for a traffic violation or at a police checkpoint. Do you think this new initiative is fair? Let us know.

By Cameron Smith | August 2, 2010; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (59)

Who would you vote for in D.C. Democratic mayoral primary?

Who do you plan to vote for in the Sep. D.C. Mayoral Primary?

By Cameron Smith | July 30, 2010; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (30)

Humor Chief: Which is funniest?

Compiled by Manuel Roig-Franzia By day, Sean O'Brien muddles through weighty legislative matters as chief of staff to Illinois Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley. By night, O'Brien satirizes Capitol Hill in a one-man improv show populated by five stock Washington characters:...

By Jodi Westrick | July 22, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

How many games with the Nationals win in the season's second half?

Let us know how many games you think the Nationals will win in the second half of the season.

By Cameron Smith | July 15, 2010; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you agree with Cleveland Cavalier Delonte West's sentence?

NBA player Delonte West pleaded guilty Thursday to two weapons charges and was sentenced by a Prince George's County judge to eight months of home detention, two months of probation and 40 hours of community service. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | July 15, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should students be responsible for $150,000 sprinkler damage?

An impromptu soccer game in the spring between two Arlington County students in their high school's hallway led to a tripped sprinkler system, a flooded gym and more than $150,000 in damage that they might have to pay for. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | July 15, 2010; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (23)

Who has the best cupcakes in the D.C. metro region?

By Jodi Westrick | July 14, 2010; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is the 'tan tax' racist?

IS the tan tax actually racist? Since patrons of tanning salons are almost exclusively white, the tax will be almost entirely paid by white people and, therefore, is racist, right? Maybe not. You tell us.

By Cameron Smith | July 8, 2010; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (22)

Should the U.S. trade spies with Russia?

Should the U.S. really trade spy suspects back to Russia for the release of an American held captive? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith | July 7, 2010; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (32)

Would you like more long-distance flights from Reagan National Airport?

A handful of federal lawmakers are seeking to vastly expand the number of long-distance flights at Reagan National Airport, easing long-standing restrictions designed to protect neighboring communities from noise and air pollution. The move resurrects a campaign by western lawmakers...

By Jodi Westrick | July 7, 2010; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Will the new 'tanning tax' keep you out of the tanning booth?

Will the new 'tanning tax' keep you out of the tanning booth?

By Cameron Smith | July 6, 2010; 08:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Steam heat or icy cold?

Forecasts call for high temperatures in the high 90s through Thursday. But were last winter's snow storms and extended cold any better? You decide.

By Hal Straus | July 5, 2010; 07:36 PM ET | Comments (52)

Will you flush?

Officials have asked residents to limit flushing toilets and use of washing machines and dishwashers. Will you flush?

By Hal Straus | July 1, 2010; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (6)

Do you agree with the verdict in the Robert Wone trial?

All three defendants in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial were found not guilty. Keep reading the Crime Scene blog for more updates. What do you think of the verdict?...

By Jodi Westrick | June 29, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Heat wave: What lasted the longest?

By Jodi Westrick | June 24, 2010; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Alex Ovechkin robbed of the league MVP trophy?

It wasn't the only trophy he had hoped to capture Wednesday, but the NHL Players Association's most outstanding player award will have to suffice for Alex Ovechkin. The Washington Capitals' star won the Ted Linsday Award, then was denied a...

By Jodi Westrick | June 24, 2010; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

What expectations do you have for John Wall?

The Wizards are widely expected to select John Wall with the overall top pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft, the culmination of a lucky lottery result and a remarkable freshman season at Kentucky for Wall. However, as sports columnist Mike Wise points out, No. 1 picks aren't always guaranteed success. So, how will Wall do? Send in your prediction below.

By Cameron Smith | June 23, 2010; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Which Nationals player is most deserving of an All-Star spot?

There's plenty of hype about whether or not star rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg deserves a spot on the National League All-Star team. Where do you think Strasburg would fall on a list of Nationals players most deserving of an All-Star spot? Tell us below.

By Cameron Smith | June 22, 2010; 08:09 PM ET | Comments (10)

Borders or Clyde's?

Clyde's Restaurant Group plans to open a two-story, 35,000-square-foot restaurant in space currently occupied by a Borders bookstore in downtown D.C. next year, creating one of the city's biggest dining options and the 14th site in the Clyde's chain. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | June 21, 2010; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is Austin Spriggs getting what he deserves?

At the dizzying height of the real estate boom, Austin Spriggs had the equivalent of a golden lottery ticket: a downtown Washington townhouse on precisely the red-hot block where developers hoped to build hundreds of swanky condominiums and offices. In...

By Jodi Westrick | June 18, 2010; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

Too much tour bus congestion on the Mall?

By Jodi Westrick | June 16, 2010; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

Will you watch 'Real Housewives of D.C.'?

Bravo will find out whether its "Real Housewives" franchise can succeed where MTV's "Real World" failed when our favorite state dinner crasher, Michaele Salahi, makes her debut on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 9 p.m. Read the full article. Get alerted...

By Jodi Westrick | June 15, 2010; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (16)

Is booing Mayor Adrian Fenty uncalled for?

Adrian M. Fenty wasn't even at the Academies at Anacostia graduation ceremony in the District on Friday, but when the mayor's name was mentioned, an unmistakable chorus arose: "Boo!" many in the crowd shouted. The chorus heard 'round some parts...

By Jodi Westrick | June 14, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (14)

Should Helen Thomas be removed from the White House Press Room?

Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who recently made controversial comments about Israel and Palestine, agreed Sunday not to appear as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. Thomas, 89, who has covered the White House for decades, provoked criticism...

By Jodi Westrick | June 7, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (99)

How much would you pay to see Stephen Strasburg's debut?

For everyone -- his fans, his soon-to-be Nationals teammates and, perhaps most of all, Stephen Strasburg himself -- the wait is nearly over. Strasburg, the phenom regarded as maybe the best pitching prospect of all time, will make his ravenously...

By Jodi Westrick | June 1, 2010; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

How long could you last offline?

Eight Post reporters addicted to their BlackBerrys, phones, Twitter and Facebook attempted to give up the internets for a week. Find out how they did by reading the story....

By Andrea Caumont | May 27, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Do you agree with calls to boycott BP?

Marco Mora, an auto body shop owner, was driving in Columbia Heights when he realized his Mercedes needed some premium love, so he pulled in under the feel-good green sign marked "BP" and opted for some $3.29-a-gallon Ultimate. Despite calls...

By Jodi Westrick | May 25, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (54)

If a passenger on Metro wasn't moving, would you try to wake them?

Have you ever woken up a fellow Metro rider? Would you?

By Cameron Smith | May 24, 2010; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (20)

Who is your Player of the Week?

Who is your player of the week?

By Cameron Smith | May 20, 2010; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you bike to work?

This week is Bike to Work Week, an annual event devoted to the notion that commuters ought to switch from four wheels to two. This year, it comes as miles of bike lanes are being added in the District and...

By Jodi Westrick | May 20, 2010; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (4)

Do you think someone will crash the White House State Dinner?

By Jodi Westrick | May 19, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Can God and daycare mix?

In the days before three Montgomery County kindergarten classes were slated to go on a field trip to the Be With Me Playseum, an indoor play space in Bethesda, the organization's staff prepared for what they hoped would be the...

By Jodi Westrick | May 18, 2010; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

Are immigrant checks bad for the community?

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger believes that if immigrant checks were enforced locally, it would prevent witnesses from stepping forward and aiding in criminal investigations. Read the full article here....

By Jodi Westrick | May 17, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (15)

Should Preakness be marketing itself with infield beer promotion?

Are the Preakness Stakes' youthful marketing measures needed? Are they appropriate? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | May 13, 2010; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (6)

Should cellphones be banned in schools?

First it was a quick phone call in a bathroom. Then it was texting underneath the desk. Now it's video of fights and confrontations in hallways. Prince George's County educators have watched as advancing technology has expanded the ways in...

By Jodi Westrick | May 13, 2010; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (8)

Do Metro fare hikes mean better service?

Metro riders are bracing for their most extensive fare increases ever -- more than $102 million worth for next year, including surcharges of as much as 50 cents for peak rail trips -- as the financially beleaguered transit agency attempts...

By Jodi Westrick | May 13, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who is your Player of the Week?

Who is your Player of the Week?

By Cameron Smith | May 12, 2010; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Why aren't you doing yoga?

By Jodi Westrick | May 12, 2010; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Are you now more likely to apply for federal jobs?

President Obama plans to instruct federal agencies to radically overhaul the process now used to hire government workers. The change is expected to cut in half the time it takes to fill vacancies and allow the government to better compete...

By Jodi Westrick | May 11, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Would you purchase a 'granny pod'?

The Rev. Kenneth Dupin, who leads a small Methodist church here, has a vision: As America grows older, its aging adults could avoid a jarring move to the nursing home by living in small, specially equipped, temporary shelters close to...

By Jodi Westrick | May 6, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Should Virginia lacrosse teams continue their seasons?

Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | May 5, 2010; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (33)

Is Virginia license plate racist?

Douglas Story, a Chantilly dump truck driver for the Virginia Department of Transportation, says he wanted to grab people's attention when he paid $224.90 to have a mural of the burning World Trade Center detailed onto the tailgate of his...

By Jodi Westrick | April 29, 2010; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (8)

Can men be pole dancers too?

Once upon a time, when men went out for a night of pole dancing, it was their eyes that got a workout. But in the past few years for some, it's been their entire bodies. Like women, guys are discovering...

By Jodi Westrick | April 28, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Will you be more optimistic about the Wizards with Ted Leonsis as owner?

The Abe Pollin family has reached a deal with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis to sell him the family's share of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center, concluding four months of negotiations for ownership of the mid-Atlantic sports empire. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | April 27, 2010; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

How long could you last without access to social media?

Here was the challenge given to 200 University of Maryland students from a variety of majors: Abstain from social media for 24 hours. That meant no iPhone or text messaging. No laptops or netbooks. No Gchatting or Twittering. No e-mail...

By Jodi Westrick | April 26, 2010; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should drunk bicycling be illegal?

The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the city's ban on driving under the influence applies to riding a bike. Read the full blog post....

By Jodi Westrick | April 23, 2010; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

The region's best ethnic restaurants

You can choose up to two restaurants per category. Need more information? Click on the restaurant name to see the Post's Going Out Guide, reviews and more....

By Jodi Westrick | April 16, 2010; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should 'sexting' earn criminal punishment?

Students at a Bethesda middle school bought, sold and traded inappropriate photos and videos of fellow students, school officials said Thursday, and Montgomery County police are investigating. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | April 16, 2010; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (25)

New book sheds light on Oprah's image

The image of Oprah as America's benevolent earth mother is about to take a serious hit, thanks to -- who else? -- biographer Kitty Kelley, whose book on the talk show queen comes out Tuesday. "I was astounded that the...

By Jodi Westrick | April 12, 2010; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are your allergies worse this year?

Rising temperatures have brought a higher pollen count, aggravating allergy-sufferers across the area. Read the full report....

By Jodi Westrick | April 9, 2010; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

Should the Redskins trade Albert Haynesworth?

A little more than a year ago, the Redskins made defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. According to Washington Post Redskins reporter Jason Reid, the team is now attempting to trade the mammoth lineman. Regardless of reason for a potential move, would trading Haynesworth be a good idea for the Redskins? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | April 6, 2010; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (81)

Do you agree with Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to declare April 2010 Confederate History Month?

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors -- Mark Warner and Tim Kaine -- refused to do. Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) said he was "stunned" to learn of McDonnell's decision and even more stunned that the proclamation did not include any reference to slavery. "It's offensive,'' he said. Do you agree with Mcdonnell's move, which mirrors similar declarations from former Republican Virginia governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | April 6, 2010; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (67)

Should D.C.'s new streetcar system be run on overhead wires?

The District is putting down the first miles of track for a planned 37-mile streetcar network, a throwback of a kind popping up in many cities that advocates hope will bring back Washington's still-languishing neighborhoods. But what if the next...

By Jodi Westrick | April 6, 2010; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (7)

Vincent Gray vs. Adrian Fenty

D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) will announce Tuesday afternoon he will challenge Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) for the Democratic nomination for mayor, sources said. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 29, 2010; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

Would you feel more optimistic about Wizards future under Ted Leonsis?

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has reportedly agreed on a price to buy the Wizards and Verizon Center from the family of late former owner Abe Pollin, the largest obstacle to Leonsis taking control of the NBA franchise and its home arena. Leonsis has helped transform the Capitals into one of the NHL's most competitive franchises. Would Leonsis's ownership make you more optimistic about the franchise's future?

By Cameron Smith | March 25, 2010; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Do you agree with Md. ban on driving with handheld devices?

Drivers in Maryland would be required to use hands-free devices to talk on cell phones under legislation that narrowly passed the state Senate Wednesday. Do you think the new regulation will improve safe driving in Maryland, or is it a step too far? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | March 24, 2010; 07:54 PM ET | Comments (10)

Do you think saggy pants should be banned at schools?

A Virginia student has started a "pull-up-your-pants" initiative at Kecoughtan High in Hampton. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 24, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (5)

Should Gilbert Arenas serve jail time?

Prosecutors recommended on Tuesday that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room, also proposing three years probation and 300 hours of community service for the former All-Star. What do you think of the prosecution's proposed punishment? Is it too harsh? Too lenient? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | March 23, 2010; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (10)

Should Alex Ovechkin be selected for a third straight NHL MVP award?

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, Alex Ovechkin is making a strong push to join Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky as the only players to claim the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP three consecutive seasons. Read the...

By Jodi Westrick | March 22, 2010; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (6)

Should women be paid large sums of money for egg donation?

A Virginia infertility clinic sparked an international ethical controversy Wednesday by sponsoring a seminar in London that gave away an attempt to get pregnant using an American woman's eggs. The seminar, designed to entice infertile British women to seek donor...

By Jodi Westrick | March 18, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (3)

Do you think Virginia should invest in offshore drilling?

Never has the political climate in Virginia so favored offshore drilling. Most Virginia leaders -- regardless of their political party -- have expressed interest in joining Alaska, Texas, Louisiana and other states in setting up offshore platforms to drill for...

By Jodi Westrick | March 17, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Should Virginia provide coverage for erectile dysfunction?

State employees, have no fear -- thanks to the General Assembly, your health coverage will continue to cover drugs to treat erectile dysfunction. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) had recommended cutting funding for Viagra and similar drugs, as well as non-sedating...

By Jodi Westrick | March 16, 2010; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (13)

Did Alex Ovechkin deserve two-game suspension?

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was suspended by the NHL for two games, without pay, as punishment for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell in the first period of Sunday's 4-3 overtime win. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 16, 2010; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Should any jobs be eligible for tip-only compensation?

To hear Quansa Thompson talk of her life as an exotic dancer, to listen to her describe how men offer cash as she sashays, gyrates and jiggles the night away, is to evoke a thousand titillating thoughts, not a single...

By Jodi Westrick | March 12, 2010; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (6)

Can a woman effectively coach high school football?

When Coolidge High School announced two months ago that it was looking for a new football coach, one of the school's science teachers was sitting in a conference room in the building when a colleague asked, "Why don't you put...

By Jodi Westrick | March 12, 2010; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (16)

Do you think there should be a tax hike on alcohol?

This week, advocates for the poor and mentally ill have made hours-long pleas to powerful legislative committees in Annapolis, contending that raising alcohol taxes by a dime per serving would restore much-needed funding for health-care programs for the poor, services...

By Jodi Westrick | March 12, 2010; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (9)

Should laptops be banned in classrooms?

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were cluttered with books, Thermoses and half-eaten muffins. Another item was noticeable in its...

By Jodi Westrick | March 9, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should MoCo students be sent to jail?

The Montgomery County state's attorney has opened a criminal investigation into a grade-changing scheme at Winston Churchill High School, officials said Wednesday, elevating the digital subterfuge into a major scandal at one of the region's most prestigious public schools. Police,...

By Jodi Westrick | March 4, 2010; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should Virginians be allowed to buy more than one gun a month?

The latest and most significant effort to repeal Virginia's gun laws faces a critical vote on Thursday, when senators will consider a measure that would undo the state's landmark one-gun-a-month law. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 4, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Do you agree with the censure of Marion Barry?

Twelve members of the D.C. council have voted to censure Marion Barry and refer public corruption allegations against him to the U.S. attorney's office -- actions that could severely reduce his authority and extend his legal troubles. Follow the story...

By Jodi Westrick | March 2, 2010; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (17)

Should Marion Barry be censured?

By Jodi Westrick | March 2, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (11)

Will NTSB hearings lead to Metro improvements?

By Jodi Westrick | February 25, 2010; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are you glad about broader acceptance of same-sex marriage in region?

Are you glad that regional acceptance of gay marriage is spreading?

By Cameron Smith | February 24, 2010; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (22)

Should students be required to recite the
Pledge of Allegiance?

The Montgomery County public school teacher who wrongly humiliated and disciplined a student who chose not to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance clearly did not understand the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | February 24, 2010; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

Should Roberto Clemente school officials apologize?

Should Montgomery County school officials apologize to a girl escorted out by police for refusing to recite the National Anthem?

By Cameron Smith | February 23, 2010; 06:51 PM ET | Comments (18)

Do you think guns should be allowed in national parks?

The federal government will lift long-standing restrictions on guns in national parks Monday, meaning that visitors with proper permits could pack heat along with camping and picnic gear to most of the 392 parks. The move concerns current and former...

By Jodi Westrick | February 19, 2010; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (119)

Does a preacher belong at the grocery store checkout?

Somewhere between the produce aisles and Giant's every-day-fresh bakery, the Rev. Anita Naves is working up a sweat. She is holding a somewhat surprised shopper's hand, anointing his forehead with oil and crying out for the Holy Spirit to enter...

By Jodi Westrick | February 19, 2010; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (7)

Do you feel safe on Metro?

With recent news of unsafe cars being used on Metro, do you still feel safe riding the public transportation service?

By Cameron Smith | February 18, 2010; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro: Should fares be increased?

In this post-blizzard week -- before transit users start paying that extra dime for Metro rides, before they remember what regular service feels like -- Metro board members plan to begin discussing ways to help the budget. Among the ways...

By Jodi Westrick | February 18, 2010; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (7)

Guns in Virginia restaurants: Do you agree?

The Democratically-controlled Virginia Senate has voted to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in restaurants that serve alcohol, as long as the person carrying the weapon does not drink. The gun bill passed on a 22 to 18...

By Jodi Westrick | February 16, 2010; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (30)

How long was your commute today?

After experiencing horrifying commutes as Washington returned to work last Friday, was your commute today any better? How long did it take? Weigh in on the poll and let us know about your commute in the comments below....

By Jodi Westrick | February 16, 2010; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Returning to work: Good idea?

Roads are crowded, Metro trains are overflowing and slow, and now with a train derailment at Farragut North, the commuting problems might have many wondering why they're back at work. What do you think?...

By Jodi Westrick | February 12, 2010; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (6)

Snowy commute: Was returning to work worth it?

Even though fewer people are traveling than during a normal rush hour, the main commuter roads and Metrorail are very crowded this morning. Read more on the Get There blog....

By Jodi Westrick | February 12, 2010; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (21)

Snoverkill: How many more inches of snow?

By Jodi Westrick | February 10, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (6)

Can shovelers "reserve" parking spots they clear?

If a resident clears a large amount of snow from a public parking space -- whether it is in front of their home or place of business or not -- should they be allowed to "reserve" that spot with parking cones or other measures that keep other drivers from taking the spot? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | February 8, 2010; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (56)

Washington snow totals: Can you top the pros?

Our experts say Washington gets 23 inches of snow. What's your forecast?

By Hal Straus | February 5, 2010; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Beat the weatherman: How many inches of snow will D.C. get?

They're predicting 18 to 24 inches of snow in the Washington metro region, but we all know that weathermen can sometimes get it wrong. Do you think we'll get that much snow? Less? More? Weigh in in the poll below...

By Jodi Westrick | February 5, 2010; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Snow shoveling: How soon is it required?

By Jodi Westrick | February 4, 2010; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (11)

Snow fatigue: Are you feeling it?

Endless gray skies, gray faces, and gray snowdrifts that never seem to melt entirely. The month has barely started and here it comes -- unwelcome to much of the wind-chapped and crabby populace -- snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and...

By Jodi Westrick | February 3, 2010; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Va. Senate bills say no to insurance mandate: Do you agree?

Virginia's Democratic-controlled state Senate passed measures Monday that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care. The bills, a top priority of Virginia's "tea...

By Jodi Westrick | February 2, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (26)

Do you agree with your school's rank?

Do you think Jay Mathews' criteria is a fair one for judging schools? Do you agree with where your childrens' school is ranked?

By Cameron Smith | February 1, 2010; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Meteorite: Smithsonian or eBay?

When doctors' offices were hit by a meteorite on Jan. 18, they decided to give it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. But now the landlords say the space rock is theirs. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (13)

Metro budget concerns: Right choice to increase fares?

The Metro board approved a 10-cent surcharge on all fares to avoid any service cuts through the end of June. The resolution proposed by board member Chris Zimmerman of Arlington does not call for any withdrawals from Metro's capital budget...

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (13)

Metro budget concerns: Fare hikes or service cuts?

Leading Washington area transit advocates and residents strongly opposed Metro service cuts and instead backed 10-cent fare increases to plug a $40 million budget gap this year as hundreds of people attended a public hearing on budget options at Metro...

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Where would you rather live: Montgomery County or Fairfax County?

Montgomery County assigned two staffers to peer into the homes and spending accounts of its big neighbor across the Potomac last fall, and the results -- several months and 63 pages of charts and comparative data later -- arrived Tuesday:...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

Increased charges in Metropolitan D.C.

By Jodi Westrick | January 22, 2010; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

How do you feel about D.C.'s new bag tax?

By Jodi Westrick | January 22, 2010; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (17)

Risking your life to save another on Metro

Two tourists leapt onto the Metro tracks at Union Station last week, saving the life of a woman whose wheelchair had fallen onto the rails. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | January 21, 2010; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (8)

Voting on accents

Virginia's incoming governor, Robert F. McDonnell (R), has little in common with his two Democratic predecessors, but like Timothy M. Kaine and Mark Warner, he heads to the Executive Mansion sounding more like a Yankee than his recent opponent --...

By Jodi Westrick | January 15, 2010; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

John Catoe resigns as Metro GM

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. is resigning as head of the transit agency, according to Jeff McKay, a member of the Metro board, which hires and fires the general manager. The resignation will take effect April 2, Catoe...

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2010; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

Does Gilbert Arenas deserve jail time?

Prosecutors and attorneys for Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas were in plea negotiations this week that could have Arenas in court on gun charges as soon as Thursday, according to law enforcement sources. If the grand jury were to charge...

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2010; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (39)

Expectations of Gov. Tim Kaine

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine entered office four years ago with ambitious plans to take on some of the state's most entrenched problems -- reshaping the relationship between land use and development, raising teacher salaries to the national average, expanding...

By Jodi Westrick | January 13, 2010; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

The area's worst drivers

The southbound lanes of Potomac River bridges are carrying drivers into dangerous territory, according to an advocacy group that has rated Virginia as one of the worst states in the nation in highway safety. The commonwealth was one of nine...

By Jodi Westrick | January 12, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

New baby panda at National Zoo?

Experts at the National Zoo artificially inseminated the zoo's female giant panda Saturday and Sunday after she went into heat over the weekend, the zoo said. Mei Xiang underwent the nonsurgical insemination after she and the zoo's male giant panda,...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Would you pay higher fares to keep Metro from cutting service?

Metro's board of directors proposed a 10-cent fare hike as one option to help close the D.C.Metro budget gap.

By Amy Kovac | January 8, 2010; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (4)

Real World D.C. vs. The Jersey Shore

By Jodi Westrick | January 7, 2010; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (3)

Gilbert Arenas's suspension

The NBA web site reports that Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely, without pay. Read more as it comes in....

By Jodi Westrick | January 6, 2010; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (90)

Shanahan right choice for 'Skins?

By Jodi Westrick | January 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (40)

Should Redskins Coach Jim Zorn have been fired?

Did Redskins coach Jim Zorn deserve to be fired?

By Hal Straus | January 4, 2010; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (104)

2010 better than 2009?

By Jodi Westrick | December 31, 2009; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (14)

New Year's Resolutions

By Jodi Westrick | December 31, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Higher fees, less parking?

Starting Friday, consumers in the District will shell out more for disposable shopping bags, and in a few weeks, they'll pay more to park on the city's streets -- all part of a year-long trend around the Washington region to...

By Jodi Westrick | December 30, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Redskins' next NFC East title?

Will the Washington Redskins ever have another winning season?

By Hal Straus | December 28, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (3)

Are you at work today?

Following this weekend's snow storm, which blanketed the region in upwards of 16 inches of snow, did you make it into work?...

By Jodi Westrick | December 21, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (5)

Happy Holidays Fluffy!

We've been asking readers to submit photos of their pets all decked out for the holidays. We've pulled a few of our favorites and want to know which one you think has the most holiday cheer. Got photos of...

By Jodi Westrick | December 18, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Loads of snow

With forecasters predicting anywhere from seven to 14 inches of snow starting Friday night, it seems like the region is in for a big storm. Do you think we'll get all that has been predicted? Read more Capital Weather Gang...

By Jodi Westrick | December 18, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Who should replace Vinny Cerrato?

Vinny Cerrato has resigned as the Redskins' executive vice-president of football operations. Who do you think should replace him?...

By Andrea Caumont | December 17, 2009; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (17)

Job growth

While steady expansion of the federal government has shielded metropolitan Washington from the soaring unemployment rates seen elsewhere, troubles among the region's retailers are mirroring national losses in that sector with steep job cuts and a sales decline projected to...

By Jodi Westrick | December 14, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (3)

Right to fly flag?

The Great Flagpole Dispute of 2009 started last summer when Van T. Barfoot, a retired Army colonel who single-handedly took on three Nazi tanks in World War II, moved to the Sussex Square neighborhood near Richmond to be closer to...

By Jodi Westrick | December 10, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

Still bowling?

When it comes to the bowling business, it has been the new, nightclub-style alleys in the area that have gotten most of the media attention in recent years. Newer area clubs such as Bethesda Strike, Gallery Place's Lucky Strike, and...

By Jodi Westrick | December 7, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Will you miss Tai Shan?

After four years, beginning with his birth at the National Zoo, Tai Shan, the first surviving giant panda cub born at the zoo, is headed back to China. The adolescent panda is finally headed back to his ancestral homeland, with...

By Cameron Smith | December 4, 2009; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (11)

Washington Times cuts staff

The Washington Times, which gained a strong foothold in a politically obsessed city as a conservative alternative to much of the mainstream media, is about to become a drastically smaller newspaper. Nearly three decades after its founding by officials of...

By Jodi Westrick | December 3, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (15)

Is electrocution humane?

A former Army counterintelligence officer who became obsessed with an adult escort he met on the Internet was executed by electrocution Tuesday night for killing a young couple in Prince William County in 2001 to impress and help the woman....

By Jodi Westrick | November 18, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (8)

End of the Washington Blade

The Washington Blade, the weekly newspaper that chronicled the coming-out of the capital's gay community, was born amid the idealism of 1960s street protests. Monday, the paper died, victim of the unforgiving realities of the nation's sagging newspaper industry. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | November 17, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

More for Columbia Heights?

On a night when D.C. police were out in full force, in an area revitalized by a major shopping center, 9-year-old Oscar Fuentes was killed when a bullet came through the front door of his apartment. Read more....

By Jodi Westrick | November 16, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (6)

D.C. Council vs. the Catholic Church

The D.C. Council is considering a law forbidding discrimination against those in gay marriages. The law would apply to all groups that have contracts with the District, including Catholic Charities, one of the city's largest social services providers. The Archdiocese...

By Jodi Westrick | November 13, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (104)

Riggleman right for the Nats?

Ending their search for a manager right where it began, the Washington Nationals on Wednesday named Jim Riggleman, their interim manager since July, to the full-time post, according to two sources familiar with the deliberations. The terms were not immediately...

By Jodi Westrick | November 12, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (5)

Anti-abortion disclaimers

A regulation proposed by Montgomery County officials Tuesday would require pregnancy centers run by abortion opponents to give women a disclaimer so they don't mistake the centers for medical clinics and so they understand the source of the information given...

By Jodi Westrick | November 11, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is the EPA shooting itself in the foot?

Trying to impose new accountability measures in the failing effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the Obama administration is considering an odd-sounding threat. Stop missing deadlines for cleaning up polluted waterways, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would tell states...

By Jodi Westrick | November 10, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (6)

Execution set for John Allen Muhammad

The Supreme Court Monday denied John Allen Muhammad's request to stay his execution, clearing the way for Virginia to put to death the man who terrorized the Washington region as the Beltway Sniper. Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

By Jodi Westrick | November 9, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (12)

Legality of speed cameras

You rip open the envelope and there it is: Another darned photo-enforcement traffic ticket. The photograph, the zoom-in on the tag, it's you, baby. Your car. Two weeks ago. Forty-one in a 30-mph zone. It's from your favorite municipality. You...

By Jodi Westrick | November 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

Does PETA go too far?

The PETA interns have beautiful skin and lovely teeth. They have shiny hair and the buzzy energy that comes, they'd say, from avoiding animal products and animal byproducts, and from the peaceful belief that through their work, you can be...

By Jodi Westrick | November 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Former George Washington University president Stephen J. Trachtenberg received $3.7 million in pay and benefits in 2007-08, $2 million more than the total compensation that year for any other current or former leader in private higher education in the United...

By Jodi Westrick | November 2, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

A winning season?

The Wizards started out their season with a 102-91 victory over Dallas. Do you think they have a more promising season ahead of them than the Redskins? (More Wizards coverage)....

By Jodi Westrick | October 30, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Redskins fan signs

Dan Steinberg of the Post's D.C. Sports Bog has been following the inconsistencies of the Redskins' decision to ban signs from FedEx Field. You can read more about it on his blog....

By Jodi Westrick | October 28, 2009; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (17)

Your commute

By Jodi Westrick | October 27, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (16)

Dwindling Redskins fans?

In most cities, a few thousand fans skipping NFL games during a bad season wouldn't be remarkable. But in Washington, the empty seats reported recently at FedEx Field have raised a question long unthinkable in Redskins Nation: Are significant cracks...

By Jodi Westrick | October 26, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (26)

Dulles Toll Road rates increase

A plan to boost rates on the Dulles Toll Road is expected to move forward Wednesday despite widespread opposition from commuters. Members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board will act at committee meetings Wednesday on a staff recommendation that...

By Jodi Westrick | October 21, 2009; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (15)

Investigating too late?

Calling the squandering of city AIDS dollars "inexcusably wrong," D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles on Monday announced an investigation into nonprofit groups that might have misspent government money meant to care for the sick....

By Jodi Westrick | October 20, 2009; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Good call for Zorn?

Following the Redskin's dreary 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Coach Jim Zorn met with Vinny Cerrato, the team's executive vice president of football operations, and was asked to give up his offensive play-calling duties, according to...

By Jodi Westrick | October 19, 2009; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Are You On Facebook?

The Washington Post ran a piece on Thursday about a generation of young users who haven't given in to Facebook peer pressure. What about you? Are you on the popular networking site? Read the piece....

By Jodi Westrick | October 15, 2009; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (12)

Creigh Deeds vs. Bob McDonnell

By Jodi Westrick | October 15, 2009; 12:09 AM ET | Comments (16)

New Redskins Owner?

Michael Wilbon suggets that in order to lead the Redskins, owner Dan Snyder must walk away from the team. Read more here....

By Jodi Westrick | October 14, 2009; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (21)

White House at War With Fox News?

According to the Post's media critic, Howard Kurtz, the White House is now fighting a three-front war: Iraq, Afghanistan and Fox News. Read more of the article....

By Jodi Westrick | October 13, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (40)

A New Redskins Coach?

By Jodi Westrick | October 12, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (16)

D.C. United Naked Wall Photo

For the upcoming body issue of ESPN the Magazine (due on stands Friday), six members of the D.C. United soccer team posed naked forming a traditional soccer wall. The photo has generated a lot of buzz. What's your take on...

By Jodi Westrick | October 8, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (10)

WMATA Safety

A 61-year-old woman struck Monday by a Metrobus in Northeast Washington died Tuesday afternoon, D.C. police said, the latest death in a series of recent tragedies for the transit agency. Read More...

By Jodi Westrick | October 7, 2009; 12:34 AM ET | Comments (4)

D.C. Students Protest Layoffs

About 200 D.C. high school students skipped classes Monday morning to march on the offices of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and protest last week's teacher layoffs. The protest -- which began at McKinley Technology High School, one of the hardest...

By Jodi Westrick | October 5, 2009; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (7)

Favorite D.C. Pro Team?

By Jodi Westrick | October 5, 2009; 12:47 AM ET | Comments (11)

Funding Cuts

D.C. Council members and shelter providers were stunned to learn this week that the Fenty administration has cut $20 million from the city's homeless services budget for fiscal 2010. Advocates said the funding decrease likely will result in shelters being...

By Jodi Westrick | October 4, 2009; 01:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

It's Flu Season

Students at some D.C. public schools will be able to get vaccinated against swine flu this month, and inoculations for students are expected to be available citywide in November, according to a plan health officials unveiled this week. Read More...

By Jodi Westrick | October 1, 2009; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (9)

Metro Installing Surveillance Cameras

Metro officials are preparing to install video cameras on an unspecified number of rail cars, the first step in what could become a systemwide surveillance network that officials say will help them better manage crowds and investigate criminal activity. (read...

By Jodi Westrick | September 29, 2009; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

D.C. Public Schools and Special-Needs Students

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By Jodi Westrick | September 28, 2009; 05:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jim Zorn's Job

By Jodi Westrick | September 25, 2009; 05:45 PM ET | Comments (37)

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