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February 11, 2017 1:20 PM EST - The 12th surge in Metro’s long-term maintenance overhaul known as SafeTrack runs Feb. 11-Feb.28 on the Blue Line. Take a look at how it will affect your commute. (Claritza Jimenez, Danielle Kunitz / The Washington Post)

RICHMOND, Va. — Dozens of people jeered Republicans on a House committee Friday after they declined to revive legislation aimed at changing the way political districts are drawn in Virginia.

More than 100 people gathered for the meeting of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Some of them yelled “Cowards!” and “Shame on you!” after the panel refused a request by Democrats to reconsider five redistricting proposals that a subcommittee had killed earlier in the week.

Del. Mark Sickles (D-43) recognized the more than five decades of Koinonia consistently providing emergency relief services in the Franconia and Kingstowne Communities. The 43rd House District that Delegate Sickles represents includes most of the area served by Koinonia. Delegate Sickles presented a framed Commendation congratulating Koinonia. “The emergency relief that Koinonia provides our neighbors is more than just food and clothing. It’s a caring and compassionate contact with people showing them that they matter."

Clumps of students, from kindergarteners to eighth-graders, gradually emerged from the woods to fill up a scenic outdoor amphitheater that serves as the Burgundy Farm Country Day School’s assembly hall. They gathered on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and the school’s 70th anniversary.

For decades, Northern Virginia has been among the leading regions to start, grow or relocate a business, not just in the United States, but also worldwide. Our region has a number of assets that make it unique. Our leaders at the local and state levels support a positive business climate, our public schools are among the best in the nation and our local colleges and universities support the development of a highly educated and skilled workforce.

RICHMOND — The Virginia House passed a bill Tuesday that would block state agencies from punishing discrimination against people who are in same-sex marriages, transgender or have sex outside marriage.

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a constitutional amendment providing for a referendum this November on placing right to work language in the Constitution of Virginia. The bill passed on a 63-34 party-line vote.

HB 4, patroned by Delegate Dickie Bell (20th – Staunton), will place the Right to Work question on the ballot for consideration by voters in November.

A House subcommittee in Virginia’s Republican-led General Assembly on Tuesday voted to preserve lawmakers’ ability to draw the boundaries of voting districts, defying a national trend in which several states have moved to set up nonpartisan commissions to draw the lines.

Five bipartisan bills to change the redistricting process were defeated on a party-line vote in a House Privileges and Elections subcommittee, with GOP lawmakers saying the proposals were “premature.”

Northern Virginia continues to suffer unbearable traffic congestion. After decades of underinvesting during periods of extraordinary growth and despite key federal earmarks providing major project relief in the 2000s, Virginia has been unable to develop a functioning transportation network.

Former colleagues and friends are remembering Gladys Keating, who represented the Franconia area in the House of Delegates for 22 years.

Keating died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at a hospital in Wilmington, N.C., several weeks after celebrating her 91st birthday with her family.

After years living the nomadic life of a military officer’s wife, Keating became very active in the community when the family settled in Franconia in 1961. She served as president of her civic association and the PTA, and was a member of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees.