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Planned IT maintenance inadvertently caused massive delays across the Metro system when the Rail Operations Control Center lost its connection to the system's rail switches, requiring them to be manually operated during the Thursday morning commute. (WTOP)Twitter
DC is building a new middle school in Ward 4's Takoma neighborhood in hopes that parents will stay in the city. It also hopes the middle school will help bring children to Coolidge High School, which is facing underenrollment. (Post)Twitter
When America's mayors say they care about inequality, how many of them follow through with programs? A new study shows that political party and city size are major factors in whether mayors walk their talk. (CityLab)Twitter
A new proposal in the state General Assembly aims to let residents vote early without needing an excuse, like Maryland and DC. Other pending proposals include eliminating voting hurdles for felons and eliminating open primaries. (WTOP)Twitter
The historic Embassy Gulf Service gas station in Dupont Circle had its lease terminated in December and was ordered to close by the end of the month. The station's owner wants to redevelop the site into luxury condos. (CityPaper)Twitter
Public transit ridership is down among immigrants. Surburbanization and changes in where immigrants live and work have led to an increase in driving. Another factor is where immigrants are coming from; Asian immigrants are more likely to own cars. (CityLab)Twitter
Across the region, English and Spanish dominate households for languages spoken, but this chart also shows the dominance of other languages, such as African languages, Chinese, Korean, and French. (DCist)Twitter
Fairfax County is launching a Civilian Review Panel, which will consist of residents who review citizen complaints of police abuse and misconduct. Applicants should have knowledge of public safety and have until January 31 to apply. (WTOP)Twitter
Former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello has thrown his hat into the race for Virginia governor, running against current Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in June's Democratic primary. Northam is Governor McAuliffe's pick for his successor. (Post)Twitter
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will re-introduce a tax package that provides incentives and funding to companies for training individuals in tech jobs. The plan will also include funding for grants and six technology schools throughout the state. (Post)Twitter
As facial recognition and surveillance software becomes more widespread around the world, designers are developing special fabrics, hairstyles, and makeup that can foil software that tracks faces and movements. (The Guardian)Twitter
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