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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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Last winter, the Virginia Department of Transportation filled 146,000 potholes on the 58,000 miles of roads. This year, crews have filled more than 100,000 street craters in Northern Virginia alone. (The Washington Times)

D.C. area transportation agencies scramble to fill potholes

The D.C. area is teeming with tire-flattening, chassis-scraping, alignment-ruining potholes, and highway agencies are busting their budgets to repair the lingering scars of winter. But with less than adequate road maintenance, a transportation expert predicts the seasonal annoyance may soon become a year-round nuisance. Published May 12, 2015

D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser speaks to reporters during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Nov. 5, 2014, a day after being elected mayor. (Associated Press) **FILE**

D.C. leaders push Bowser to oppose Pepco-Exelon merger

Community leaders and D.C. Council members on Tuesday called for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to oppose the proposed merger of utility companies Pepco and Exelon, saying it represents a bad deal for city residents. Published May 12, 2015

A Washington Metro employee directs Metro passengers arriving by bus from Rosslyn, Va. towards the Foggy Bottom Metro Station in Washington, Monday, May 11, 2015, after D.C. Fire and EMS officers say a Metro third rail insulator was damaged, shutting down metro service between Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Smoke in Metro train tunnel snarls morning commute

Metro officials encouraged commuters to take alternative forms of transportation Monday morning after three lines were shut down in Northern Virginia when smoke was discovered inside a train tunnel outside the Rosslyn Station. Published May 11, 2015

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) ** FILE **

D.C. officials, privacy advocates spar over police body cameras

A plan put forward by the District's mayor and police chief to outfit officers with body cameras but not allow public release of the video would undermine the program's goal of creating more transparency and accountability, say researchers studying the emerging technology. Published May 7, 2015

Jennifer A.J. Greene gives testimony during a hearing to make her the new Director of the Office of Unified Communications for the District of Columbia at the Wilson Building. Monday, November 7,   
2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Director of embattled D.C. 911 call center resigns

The director of the District's 911 call center Jennifer Greene has resigned after the agency came under scrutiny for problems in providing timely dispatch to several high-profile emergency calls. Published May 5, 2015

The interim director of the District's Department of Forensic Sciences says it could cost up to $800 per case to outsource DNA testing after a national accreditation board ordered the city's crime lab to stop in-house testing. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

D.C. crime lab chief paints pricey future

The interim director of the District's Department of Forensic Sciences says it could cost up to $800 per case to outsource DNA testing after a national accreditation board ordered the city's crime lab to stop in-house testing. Published May 4, 2015

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (Associated Press) **FILE**

D.C. Council plans to clarify reproductive health care law

The D.C. Council plans to advance a clarification of a new law to emphasize that it does not require employers to provide insurance coverage for reproductive health care options for which they have moral or religious objections. Published May 4, 2015

FILE - In this Friday, May 1, 2015 file photo, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's top prosecutor, speaks during a news conference in Baltimore. Mosby charged six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a grave spinal injury as he was arrested and put into a police transport van, handcuffed and without a seat belt. But getting a jury to convict police officers of murder and manslaughter will be far harder than obtaining arrest warrants. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Baltimore prosecutor faces challenge in charges against police officers

Baltimore’s top prosecutor will have to walk a fine line to secure convictions of six police officers involved in the death of an unarmed black man without fracturing the working relationship between the police department and the State’s Attorney Office. Published May 3, 2015

D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier (The Washington Times) **FILE**

ACLU slams D.C. police body camera program on disclosure

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging the District to postpone its plans to provide body cameras to Metropolitan Police Department officers, challenging the mayor's plan to keep the videos from public view. Published April 30, 2015

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a store, Monday during unrest in Baltimore. "The response has been a little slow but it's not the disaster that we saw in Ferguson," said David Harris, a police accountability expert with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. (Associated Press)

Maryland officials under fire for slow reaction to Baltimore riots

Maryland leaders have come under fire for a slow response to the outbreak of riots and looting in Baltimore — a contrast to criticism of the heavily militarized police presence in Ferguson, Missouri that was blamed for escalating confrontations there in the wake of a fatal police shooting. Published April 28, 2015