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John Oates said he and Daryl Hall played five songs during an appearance at the White House. "President Obama was sitting right in front of me. He looked at me and then made his hand go around in a circle and said, 'one more.' Then he said, 'do another one,'" Mr. Oates said. (Hall & Oats)

John Oates of legendary duo reflects on decades in music biz

As half of the “blue-eyed soul” duo Hall & Oates, John Oates has toured the globe, created a slew of hit songs and sold well over 80 million records worldwide with songs like “Private Eyes,” “Kiss on My List,” “She’s Gone,” “Maneater,” “Sara Smile,” “I Can’t Go for That,” “Rich Girl” and dozens more.

Deep-blue Maryland joins nationwide gun rights trend after electing more Republicans

- The Washington Times

Pro-gun rights lawmakers in Maryland are pushing back against some of the strictest firearms laws in the county with legislation that would expand concealed carry permits, declaring momentum from Republican gains in last year’s elections — including a GOP governor — in the deep-blue state and a national trend for making it easier for citizens to bear arms.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced a bill to clarify language in an anti-descrimination law to state that it does not require any specific type of insurance coverage. (Associated Press)

ACLU bristles at Bowser proposal for all-boys high school

- The Washington Times

With D.C. Public Schools graduating less than half of its black male high school students, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to close the achievement gap by establishing an all-boys high school earned high praise from lawmakers and educators when it was announced last month.

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Michael Anthony Williams portrays Elmore, and E. Faye Butler plays Ruby in August Wilson's acclaimed "King Hedley II" at Arena Stage through March 8. (C. Stanley Photography)

‘King Hedley II’ ninth turn in Pittsburgh Cycle

Playwright August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle traces the complicated journey of a black American family through 10 decades of the 20th century. From one generation to the next, the characters strive to matter to themselves, to family members and to the community.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced an additional $136 million in state revenue as a result of a final midsession analysis. (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane)

Virginia collects $136M more in revenue than expected

- The Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced an additional $136 million in state revenue as a result of a final midsession analysis, putting the commonwealth's finances in better shape as lawmakers weigh amendments to the current two-year budget.

New York Herald's incredible feat covering death of President Lincoln

- The Washington Times

President Lincoln was shot in his booth at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865. Just hours later, in an age before radio or television, let alone instant messaging and Twitter, The New York Herald was on the streets with its first dispatch that the president had been shot.

Why and how to save the Dorothy Height charter school

- The Washington Times

The D.C. Public Charter School Board was scheduled Thursday morning to vote on whether to revoke the charter of the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School. The board met but decided to delay its vote until a Feb. 19 meeting.

House Speaker William Howell, Stafford Republican, said just as Virginians must make difficult decision every day balancing their checkbooks, so must the House of Delegates (Associated Press)

Senate, House budgets kill McAuliffe's Medicaid expansion

- The Washington Times

The Virginia House and Senate approved their respective amendments to the current biennial budget Thursday, eliminating the proposed Medicaid expansion included in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed framework and providing for other items such as pay increases for state employees and teachers.

During a tour of the Capitol in July, rabbis and imams from abroad take time to look at a statue of Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish missionary. The Muslim and Jewish clerics were on an interfaith tour of the United States. "Here in the United States, there is much more cooperation between Jews and Muslims than in Europe," said Rabbi Izhak Dayan, the chief rabbi of Geneva. (The Washington Times)

Statue of Pope Francis' new saint could be kicked out of U.S. capitol

- Catholic News Agency

Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize missionary Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit to the states, a California legislator has proposed replacing the soon-to-be-saint's statue in the U.S. Capitol, but critics of the move are beginning to speak out.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring said last year he would not defend the state's ban on gay marriage.   (Associated Press) ** FILE**

Virginia bill orders attorney general to defend state laws in court

- The Washington Times

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Tuesday designed to require the state's attorney general or a designee to represent the commonwealth in cases challenging the state's laws or the state Constitution, a little more than a year after Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced he would not defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

Larry Hogan aims to kill Martin O'Malley's 'rain tax'

- The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took the first step toward repealing the state's "rain tax," which is levied on property owners for land with impervious surfaces to pay for EPA-mandated programs to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

This undated handout photo provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department shows Tavon White, who prosecutors say oversaw a drug smuggling operation inside the Baltimore City Detention Center and used contraband cellphones to direct gang activity on the streets. White was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after pleading guilty to participating in the racketeering conspiracy. (AP Photo/Anne Arundel County Police Department)

Inmate at center of Baltimore jail scandal gets 12 years

- Associated Press

The gang member who prosecutors say dealt drugs, impregnated four guards and oversaw a drug-smuggling operation while incarcerated at a Baltimore jail has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.