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D.C. Jail health care contract raises activists’ ire

- The Washington Times

The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital and inmate advocates are encouraging the D.C. Council to reject a contract that would place a for-profit corporation they say has a history of providing poor care in charge of health care at the D.C. Jail.

Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, a day after being elected the next mayor of the District of Columbia.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bowser pitches District for 2024 Olympics

- The Washington Times

Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser was part of the five-person team that made the pitch to the U.S. Olympic Committee Tuesday to select the District as the United States’ contender to host the 2024 summer Olympics.

In this image taken from video, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, University of Virginia student Alex Stock talks during an interview with The Associated Press in Charlottsville, Va. Stock, and two other friends of an alleged victim of a gang rape at a U.Va. fraternity, challenged details in a Rolling Stone article that used the woman's attack to paint a picture of a culture of sexual violence on the campus was wrong on a number of key points: most important that they didn't encourage her to report the attack and that they were more concerned about their reputations than her well-being. (AP Photo)

Friends say they pushed U.Va. ‘Jackie’ to call cops

- Associated Press

Three friends of an alleged victim of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house say a magazine article wrongly portrayed them as uncaring friends who were more concerned about their reputations than her well-being.

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The D.C. Council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman)

D.C. lawmakers threaten religious schools' freedoms

- Catholic News Agency

The D.C. Council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting congressional representative, said she had no confirmation of the language of a rider and that Democrats assured her Tuesday afternoon that negotiations were continuing on the matter. (Associated Press)

Congress axes D.C. marijuana legalization in spending plan

- The Washington Times

A voter approved ballot initiative legalizing marijuana in the District and a council-passed measure decriminalizing the drug fell victim to federal budget negotiators, who inserted an amendment into a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that effectively restores criminal penalties for pot possession in the nation's capital.

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan vowed to roll back proposed regulations that would limit phosphorus runoff from farms, siding with Eastern Shore farmers who rely on phosphorus-rich chicken manure for fertilizer. (Associated Press)

Larry Hogan vows fight against Martin O'Malley anti-farm regulations

- The Washington Times

After weeks of promising bipartisanship and refusing to make policy announcements that might rile Democratic lawmakers, Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked his first political fight, coming out swinging against environmentalists and their powerful allies in the General Assembly.

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

U.Va. fraternity rebuts Rolling Stone gang-rape article

- The Washington Times

The University of Virginia fraternity at the center of a gang-rape allegation detailed in a Rolling Stone article issued a statement rebutting the story Friday following an apology made by magazine, which acknowledges discrepancies in the report.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. Professional athletes have worn "I Can't Breathe" messages in protest of a grand jury ruling not to indict an officer in the death of a New York man. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

The Washington Times

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an "I can't breathe" T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.