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Gay Men Should Get HIV Tests Twice a Year, Says Washington,

With new statistics showing alarming levels of HIV infection among the estimated 36,500 District men who have gay sex, the city is recommending that they be tested for the virus twice yearly.
Washington City Paper  |  Mike DeBonis  |  03-26-2010  |  LGBT

How Did Local Restaurants Stay Open During the Recent D.C. Snowstorm?new

Murat Uzuntepe admits to making a trip to the co-op just down the street to buy produce that he can’t get his hands on now. His suppliers simply can’t navigate the streets. Then he tells us about a woman who walked into his restaurant and wanted to buy eggs and bread.
Washington City Paper  |  Tim Carman  |  02-25-2010  |  Food+Drink

Loose Lips: Washington, D.C.'s Dwindling Coffers and DCision 2010new

How deep does the pain go? For the current budget year, which ends Sept. 30, Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is already projecting a $200 million-plus deficit... or enough to run the Department of Mental Health.
Washington City Paper  |  Mike DeBonis  |  02-25-2010  |  Commentary

Is State Rep. Matt Shea the Craziest Right-Wingnut in Washington?new

Washington State Rep. Matt Shea is very busy down in Olympia. That's probably why he's been unable to discuss with us why he thinks Obama is Hitler, if not merely Stalin, or explain his belief in the planned takeover of America by a secret Obama army.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-22-2010  |  Commentary

As a Cash-Strapped State Prepares to Cut Services, Billions are Being Doled Outnew

What about all the other sugar out there, the taxes the state of Washington doesn't collect? There's a bureaucratic mountain of them. Over the past two years alone, they have accounted for a record $98.5 billion in potential tax revenue the state never got.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  02-08-2010  |  Commentary

Redskins Workers Fight For Their Right to Rightsnew

Turns out that as a condition of employment with the Redskins, workers gave up their right to justice — at least, the sort of justice Americans take for granted. And taking away employees’ ability to sue, as Dan Snyder does, is totally legal.
Washington City Paper  |  Dave McKenna  |  12-31-2009  |  Sports

Washington State's Prison System Starts Shrinkagenew

The main factors driving the projected drop in inmates are bills that will put offenders in home detention and drug-treatment programs rather than prison, and offer them housing vouchers as part of an approved release plan that will allow them to leave prison before their maximum sentence is served.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  08-17-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Developmentally Disabled, Unable to Speak ... Ready to Work?new

Washington state wants developmentally disabled people to learn real-world job skills. Some families think that's asking too much.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  07-13-2009  |  Science

Students Pitch Budget Cuts to Washington Governornew

Washington students' message to Gov. Chris Gregoire: Cut your friends, not our schools.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  04-06-2009  |  Economy

With a Poker Player in the White House, Washington's Strict Online Gambling Law Could Changenew

Washington is one of a handful of states that expressly prohibits online gambling--and the only one that goes so far as to make it a felony. But Barney Frank may introduce a bill this month to repeal a law that prohibits Internet companies from accepting bank payments for gambling.
Seattle Weekly  |  Damon Agnos  |  04-06-2009  |  Policy Issues

A New Effort Seeks to Stop Washington's Prison System from Releasing Inmates Into Homelessnessnew

Housing advocates are lobbying for a bill by Washington Rep. Mark Miloscia that would require the Department of Corrections to come up with a plan to eliminate homelessness among former prisoners by the year 2015.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  03-02-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Economic Woes Land Washington Clinic in Councilman's Sightsnew

Washington's Whitman-Walker Clinic slashed facilities and employees in the face of stagnant private donations and widespread government budget deficits. Just something you have to accept in these times, right? Not for At-Large Councilmember David A. Catania.
Washington City Paper  |  Mike DeBonis  |  01-29-2009  |  Economy

Homebrewers Find Washington State Laws a Bit Prohibitivenew

Homebrewer Jerome Seipp can't bring his beer to a wedding or even the barbecue next door, as state law allows homebrewers to transport only one gallon out of their house.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  01-26-2009  |  Food+Drink

Failing Economy’s a Boon to Drug-Law Reformersnew

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire is crafting a bill, as part of her sweeping cost-cutting plan, that would further reduce drug sentences.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  01-26-2009  |  Drugs

After the Crash, There's Little Recourse for Those Wronged by WaMunew

The problem for plaintiffs in suits against WaMu is who to go after now. Rob Williamson, an attorney who filed a class-action suit against WaMu over what he claims were hidden and excessive fees, puts it this way: "The defendant no longer exists."
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  12-02-2008  |  Economy

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