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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2012 file photo, a marijuana plant grows at the Tikkun Olam medical cannabis farm, near the northern Israeli city of Safed, Israel. The Israeli government has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana use. Israeli media said Sunday, March 5, 2017 that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet has approved a measure that would reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. If caught, smokers would pay a fine, instead of facing criminal charges. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

Maryland proposes 2 legal marijuana bills

Maryland marijuana activists are making another push for legalization this legislative session, even as the state struggles to launch its medical marijuana program four years after it became law. Published March 6, 2017

The U.S. Marshals Service honored abolitionist Frederick Douglass in recognition of his historic appointment as marshal of the District. (Ryan M. McDermott/The Washington Times)

U.S. Marshals Service honors work of Douglass with wreath-laying

On a quiet, rainy Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Service honored Frederick Douglass with a wreath-laying ceremony normally reserved for fallen officers, this time representing the historic appointment that integrated the service. Published March 1, 2017

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser departs the Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Dec. 6, 2016, after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Generous family leave act heads to Congress for OK

The District will soon offer the most generous paid family and medical leave in the country after Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday declined to veto legislation that was approved by the D.C. Council in December. Published February 16, 2017

As the District's nonvoting member of Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton can propose legislation but not vote on it, which she is pressing to change. (Associated Press)

In death law debate, officials see life for home rule

District activists and local officials insist they can feel new energy surging through the D.C. statehood movement -- even in the face of a vote by a House committee Monday night to strike down a high-profile city law passed less than two months ago. Published February 14, 2017

The vast majority of homicides occurred in just 5 percent of counties, and even there the murders were localized, with some neighborhoods untouched by the violence, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Crime Prevention Research Center. (Associated Press)

Eying Bowser, Gray pushes case for more cops

D.C. Council member Vincent Gray on Monday pressed his crusade to bolster the District's police force Monday, but the mayor's top civilian public safety official said more officers might not be the answer to the surge in homicides the city has seen over the last two years. Published February 13, 2017

The White House is visible as morning traffic builds along 16th Street Northwest, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Metro subway system that serves the nation's capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs shut down for a full-day for an emergency safety inspection of its third-rail power cables. Making for unusual commute, as the lack of service is forcing some people on the roads, while others are staying home or teleworking. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

D.C. officials: Energy merger spurns legality

D.C. officials are asking the city's highest court to overturn a multibillion-dollar merger between local energy supplier Pepco and Chicago-based energy generator Exelon that utility regulators approved nearly a year ago. Published February 8, 2017

D.C. Council weighs bonus bill to retain retiring officers

D.C. Council members want to take a closer look at emergency legislation that would offer retention bonuses to retiring police officers, asking if retirees are the best source to replenish the dwindling police force. Published February 6, 2017