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D.C. Council Poised To Pass Bill Allowing Overhead Streetcar Wires

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By David Schultz

The bill has drawn criticism from the National Capital Planning Commission, and from some residents of Capitol Hill. They're concerned the wires would obstruct D.C.'s famous vistas.

But Councilman Tommy Wells, a major streetcar backer, says alternatives to overhead wires are simply not feasible.

"We don't want overhead wires either, but, right now it is so expensive," says Wells. "And the technology is not proven where it snows, everybody knows, this last winter, it snows in D.C. For us to go forward, we temporarily want to use overhead wires, at least in the non-sensitive areas."

The dispute over the wires is beginning to threaten the streetcar project's funding base.

Last week, the District lost out on a $25 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration after the Capitol Planning Commission sent a letter of opposition to the FTA.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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