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News Archive - July 2, 2012

Mayor Gray On Pepco: 'We Need A Game Changer'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray added his to the cacophany of voices calling for Pepco to do a better job with power outages. He even floated the idea of burying power lines underground.

Governments Assisting With Storm Waste Disposal

Looking to dispose of the waste Friday's storm dumped on your doorstep? Many area governments are helping residents with the clean up efforts.

Maryland Businesses Rebounding From Rough Weekend

While Montgomery County residents continue to struggle with a lack of power in many places, storm damage and missed financial opportunities have many area businesses reeling.

The Inside Scoop On 5 Kinds Of Crazy Weather

Sure, everybody's heard of tornadoes and hurricanes. But derechos? Haboobs? Dig in to our glossary of extreme weather.

A Code Of Conduct, For Drones?

These unmanned aircraft don't just target Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan; they're used domestically for everything from law enforcement to crop-dusting. That's kicked up privacy concerns, and the trade group for companies that make and operate drones is trying to ease some of those worries.

Emergency Call For Blood Donations In Wake Of Storm

An emergency call for blood has gone out in the D.C. area, as the storm-damaged area infrastructure has slowed the flow of donations down to a trickle.

From Our Readers: If A Tweet Is Sent In The Forest...

Our readers debate whether a tweet is best compared to an ephemeral shout, or a bulletin board memo.

Turkey Says Syrian General, 85 Soldiers Have Defected

The news comes as Russia announced a meeting with the Syrian opposition.

Dominion Repairs Are 'Hand-To-Hand Combat'

More than 1,200 crews are currently at work in Northern Virginia fixing the damage left by Friday night's storm, but progress is slow as many of the repairs can't simply be done with heavy equipment.

Cooling Center For Pets Opens In Shirlington

Pet owners who are still sans-power thanks to Friday night's derecho storm can bring their furry friends to a free cooling center in a boutique for dogs in Northern Virginia.

A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Suicide Risk

A study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark finds an association between suicide attempts and infection with a common parasite. The findings don't prove the parasite is the cause, but they add more evidence to a hypothesis that's been gaining momentum.

Cleaner, 'Greener' Cookstoves Need Better Marketing In Bangladesh

Despite decades of global efforts to get cleaner cookstoves to the poor in Bangladesh, very few have adopted them. A new study suggests talking more about the stoves' cheaper fuel costs and less about health hazards may help.

Phelps Will Not Try For 8 Medals This Year

Phelps will not compete in the 200-meter freestyle in London, which reduces his event load to seven.

Do You Live In A City? Hmm. Let's Find Out

There is increasing awareness of cities as a defining trait of humanity and their importance to our health, economy and the environment. But, sometimes you need to just go with the flow and this chart may (or may not) show you if you're really an urbanite.

At Work And At Play, How Cities Stack Up

There is increasing awareness of cities as a defining trait of humanity and their importance to our health, economy and the environment. Here, some basic nuts and bolts about cities and the people who live, drive, work and play in them.

Romney Adviser Seems To Undercut GOP Health Care Tax Argument

Republicans seem at odds over whether President Obama introduced a big new tax through his health care law. Some conservatives are making a campaign issue of the Supreme Court ruling and its rationale. But a top aide says Mitt Romney — who signed a similar law in Massachusetts — doesn't see it as a tax.

Tiger Woods Wins AT&T National Tournament

Thousands faced intense heat to witness the final round of the AT&T National Tournament in Bethesda.

Judge Rules Twitter Must Turn Over Occupy Protester's Messages

At issue was whether messages sent through Twitter are private.

European Giant Airbus Set To Open First American Plant In Alabama

The plant will employ 1,000 new workers, reaching full production by 2017.

Gatorade And Cheetos: Blackout In Small-Town West Virginia

Fifty-three of the state's 55 counties lost power after the weekend storms. In the southeastern corner of West Virginia, locals were having to make do without electricity, fuel or, in some cases, a working bathroom. Cleanup was especially intense at the famed Greenbrier Resort, which is hosting a PGA tournament this week.

CBS News: Roberts Switched His Vote On Health Care

Quoting insiders, the network reports the chief justice switched sides on the issue while writing what was supposed to be the majority opinion striking down the law.

Glaxo To Plead Guilty To 3 Charges In Sweeping Health Settlement

The British drugmaker has agreed to pay $3 billion and is pleading guilty to criminal charges related to its marketing of two antidepressants and failure to provide the Food and Drug Administration with data about safety problems with the diabetes pill Avandia.

Storm Recovery Efforts Continue Throughout Region

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The entire D.C. area is still cleaning up after a massive storm ripped through the region Friday night. Thousands are still without power and many public buildings are closed. 

Still Waiting For That Declaration Of Independents

As we approach Independence Day, it seems clear that there will not be a significant "independent" presidential candidate competing against President Obama and Mitt Romney this year.

Anderson Cooper Confirms: 'I'm Gay'

The CNN anchor says in an email to The Daily Beast that he doesn't want to appear to be hiding anything and that "the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible."

Update: Sprinters' Runoff Is All Off

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh were scheduled to race later today. But NBC Sports and the AP say Tarmoh has declined.

Manufacturing Sector Shrank In June, Report Signals

The Institute for Supply Management says its June "PMI" index stood at 49.7, down from 53.5 and the first time in nearly three years that it wasn't above 50. That's the line between growth in manufacturing and contraction.

Top Stories: Power Still Out After Derecho; Syrian Bloodshed Continues

Also: there's finally some good news about Colorado Springs' wildfire; Mexico's PRI returns to power; Barclays' chairman quits; Spain defeats Italy in in Euro 2012 soccer; Tiger Woods wins the tournament he hosts.

Mexico's PRI Rises From 'Death Bed' With Return To Power

After a 12-year absence, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is back in power with the election of Enrique Pena Nieto as president. He has promised the party won't return to its corrupt ways.

Finally, 'Some Good News' About Colorado Springs Wildfire

Though about 350 homes were destroyed and two people died, most residents have been allowed back to the area that the Waldo Canyon wildfire swept through. It's now about 55 percent contained.

No Power? No A.C.? You Don't Have To Tell Us About It (But We Hope You Do)

About 2.7 million people from the mid-Atlantic west to Ohio are entering a third day without power and with temperatures well above 90 degrees. For some, the electricity may not be on until the coming weekend.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 2

Ceramic art for your spices, Chesapeake Bay Watermen, and plenty of piano.