Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has introduced a plan to widen three of the state's busiest highways by four toll lanes. In D.C., the health department is cracking down on pets at outdoor bar and restaurant patios and a new "dockless" bike share arrives to the nation's capital.
A noose was found hanging at the National Museum of African American History And Culture in D.C. last week ––the fourth reported in the Washington region in one month. In the post-Civil War era of Jim Crow segregation, nooses were often used in the extrajudicial killing of African Americans. These lynchings were employed by hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize communities outside their vision of white supremacy and nationalism. Decades after desegregation, nooses continue to be a symbol of racism and intimidation. Kojo discusses the historical significance of the noose, and the reactions it stirs today.
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School discipline reform is underway in local classrooms. But how that reform is executed and experienced differently by students across the region.
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