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Two big reasons the House's tax reform bill benefits small businesses
All the focus on a tax cut for the middle class misses what this legislation is really about.
Key Bridge Marriott destined for redevelopment

WASHINGTON — The landmark Key Bridge Marriott property is destined for something new.

Owner Host Hotels & Resorts says it has signed a contract to sell the Key Bridge Marriott for $190 million to developers who are expected to redevelop the site for retail, residential and lodging.

The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, Host Hotels said.

Host did not identify the buyers, but Real Estate Alert said it is a pair of Los Angeles-based developers, Oaktree Capital and Woodbridge Capital, which it said plan a $20 million renovation to the existing hotel and additional development.

Host calls the Key Bridge Marriott and the 5.5 acres it sits on one of the sites near D.C. with the best potential for redevelopment.

Last year, Host Hotels acquired the ground leases for the hotel, at 1401 Lee Hwy., for $54 million.

The Key Bridge Marriott has anchored the Virginia side of the Key Bridge for 57 years, and is Marriott International’s longest continuously operating hotel property.

The post Key Bridge Marriott destined for redevelopment appeared first on WTOP.

Va. ‘Dreamers’ sue to reapply to stay in US

WASHINGTON — Two Northern Virginia residents are suing the federal government, alleging their due process rights were violated when the rules regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, were abruptly changed in September.

Nurimaro Park, 26, and Jonathan Alvarenga Recinos, 19, are represented by the Legal Aid Justice Center in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Alexandria.

Attorney Simon Sandoval Moshenberg says that under DACA, recipients could renew their two-year permits before and after they expired. The ability to file after expiration has been something so-called “Dreamers” depend on, says Moshenberg, because the renewal application costs $495.

In Park’s case, the Fairfax County resident says he was taking advantage of that one-year renewal grace period when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the DACA program would end in six months. Anyone with a permit expiring before March 5 were given a chance to renew, but for those who had let their status lapse, renewal was not an option.

Park came to the U.S. from Korea with his parents when he was nine years old. As a student who excelled at math and science, he says he dreamed of going to college. “There was a single goal, right? To get to U.Va.,” the University of Virginia, he said.

There was one hitch; his parents never got legal status — and Park didn’t learn that he was in the country illegally until he was in high school. “During senior year, everything kind of fell apart,” he said.

DACA allowed Park to stay in the country legally, helping to support his parents. He and Recinos are hoping that the lawsuit will help the estimated 50,000 other DACA recipients affected by the change in application rules.

Sandoval Moshenberg says the lawsuit alleges that DACA recipients such as Park and Recinos were denied their due process rights. “The basis of due process is advance notice — a reasonable amount of advance notice” of changes to law, he said. “If they just had advance notice that for example, they only had one more month to renew, they could have done it. They would have done it.”

The post Va. ‘Dreamers’ sue to reapply to stay in US appeared first on WTOP.

1st of 2 warm, rainy fronts settles in Tuesday in Seattle

With more behind it, the first of three warm, rainy weather systems soaked Seattle and most of Western Washington Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning crash kills cyclist, snarls traffic

An investigation into a fatal crash closed 1st Avenue South in Seattle's industrial district Tuesday morning.

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