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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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The Virginia Supreme Court overturned a decision that created a loophole in the smoking ban when the Court of Appeals of Virginia found that She-Sha Hookah Cafe and Lounge was exempt from the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act because, although it served food as a restaurant, it derived the majority of its business from being a retail tobacco store. Smoking remains legal in such establishments in Virginia.

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Virgina smoking ban extends to hookah bar, court rules

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a Blacksburg hookah lounge is not exempt from the state's ban on smoking in restaurants, turning back a challenge that threatened to create a wide new exemption for bars and restaurants to allow tobacco use. Published January 11, 2015

A woman walks in front of a board showing Olympics rings at the 127th International Olympic Committee session in Monaco, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Boston trumps D.C. in bid to host 2024 Olympics

Better luck next time, D.C. The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that Boston will be the United States' bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Published January 8, 2015

A pedestrian walks past stuck city buses during a heavy snowstorm in the District. Slick roadways restricted the movement of Metro busses Tuesday, with drivers sticking to snow routes that included mostly major arteries. (Associated Press)

D.C. left cold by Muriel Bowser's snow response

A winter snowfall Tuesday morning provided an early test for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration, but a flat-footed response to a storm that provided headaches to commuters across the region left city officials scrambling for excuses. Published January 6, 2015

Fans cheer after the Washington Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Nationals Park in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Winter Classic proves wildly popular with D.C. hockey fans

The sight lines from many seats were lousy and the tickets expensive, but that didn't stop tens of thousands of hockey fans from descending on the city's outdoor professional baseball stadium Thursday for what has become the National Hockey League's marquee regular season event. Published January 1, 2015

Family of an 18-year-old who pulled a replica handgun on officers inside a D.C. police station praised officers for not killing the man during the tense situation.

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D.C. finishes 2014 with increase in homicides

A spree of violence over the last two weeks of the year left nine people dead in the District, increasing the number of killings in 2014 over the previous year. Published December 31, 2014

FILE - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks with reporters in his office inside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., in this April 7, 2014 file photo. O'Malley was returning to Iowa on Saturday, July 26, 2014 headlining a fundraiser for state Sen. Rita Hart in Clinton, a town on the banks of the Mississippi River, and another event in North Liberty for Kevin Kinney, a Johnson County sheriff's deputy seeking an open state Senate seat. After a Saturday night speech in Omaha to help the Nebraska Democratic Party, O’Malley was joining with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch, who is challenging Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, for fundraisers in western Iowa on Sunday and a canvassing kickoff in Sioux City. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Md. governor to commute sentences of state's last four death row inmates

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that he intended to commute the sentences of the state's last four inmates on death row, saying it did not "serve the public good" to leave the men in limbo since the state had abolished the death penalty. Published December 31, 2014

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Virginia joins nationwide trend away from using death penalty

Use of the death penalty in the United States is at a 20-year low — a trend evidenced in Virginia, which was once entrenched behind only Texas in its use of capital punishment, but where no inmates were executed and no death sentences handed down this year. Published December 30, 2014

Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill on Dec. 13. The ongoing protests have cost District police about $3 million. (Associated Press)

Ferguson-inspired protests cost D.C. police $3 million

The District has spent about $3 million on police staffing and response to a series of impromptu demonstrations that began nearly a month ago inspired by protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Published December 28, 2014