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Virginia Senate OKs bills on exercise, discipline in school

- The Washington Times

The Virginia state Senate easily passed bills Tuesday that would require students in kindergarten through fifth grade to exercise an average of at least 20 minutes per day and direct the state Board of Education to develop regulations on the use of isolation and restraint of children in public schools.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that even before decriminalization took effect, police did not actively pursue many marijuana possession charges. "Officers for the last 20 years have avoided possession of marijuana arrests because they've not been prosecuted for many, many years," Chief Lanier said. (Associated Press)

Up in smoke: Most D.C. marijuana citations go unpaid

- The Washington Times

D.C. police have written more than 250 tickets for marijuana possession in the roughly six months since the District relaxed its marijuana laws, but the vast majority of citations have simply been ignored, an analysis by The Washington Times has found.

Brad Whitehead of Manchester, England fires a fully automatic machine gun at Machine Guns Vegas Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Most visitors to Machine Guns Vegas have already pulled the trigger on an Uzi or an M5, from the behind the controls of their XBox. But with strict gun laws keeping the real thing out of reach for most people, especially outside the U.S., indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a hot tourist attraction. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Virginia Senate panel shoots down gun control bills

- The Washington Times

A Virginia Senate panel on Monday killed several gun control initiatives pushed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, including bills to require universal background checks on gun show sales and reinstatement of the state’s recently-lifted ban on purchasing more than one handgun per month.

Richard G. Sterne, Jr.

D.C. fire chief demoted in beer case to be reinstated

- The Washington Times

An arbitrator has ordered the D.C. fire department to reverse former Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe’s demotion of a 33-year veteran employee over his handling of an internal disciplinary matter involving beer found in a fire house.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra to play D.C.'s Strathmore

Ivan Fischer captured Washington's heart during his tenure as principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2010, so it is with mutual joy that he returns on Friday with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a concert at Strathmore bursting with magic.

Christopher Barry, the son of the late former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, speaks in Washington in this March 19, 2014, file photo. Barry is pledging to continue his campaign for the D.C. Council after he was accused of threatening a bank teller and destroying a security camera. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Marion Barry's son pleads not guilty in bank dustup

- The Washington Times

The son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges Wednesday that arose from an altercation at a bank in which the 34-year-old is accused of threatening a teller after learning his account was overdrawn.

Virginia Tech senior and resident adviser David Dorsett (left) visits with freshman and fellow Lee Hall dorm resident Matt Londrey. (Associated Press)

Virginia Senate upholds in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

The Virginia state Senate on Tuesday defeated a measure that would have barred young illegal immigrants granted temporary relief from deportation by the federal government from being eligible for in-state college tuition rates, rejecting the bill that challenged a decision last year from the state's attorney general.

Children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Porta-potty horror at White House

- The Washington Times

It ended in tears for Monica Ellis, who shattered her foot in a fall outside the portable toilets at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll — and now she's suing for $4 million.