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News Archive - July 29, 2013

Getting Montgomery County Ready For Capital Bikeshare

A new bike path to the Shady Grove Metro station was opened Monday, as momentum builds toward toward the opening of Capital Bikeshare in Montgomery County.

Leggett Remains 'Optimistic' About Silver Spring Transit Center

Conflicts between the Metro and the Montgomery County over the Silver Spring Transit Center have not dampened Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's optimism about the project.

Woman Arrested For Green Paint Vandalism At National Cathedral

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The MPD has made an arrest in connection to the green paint found splattered in the National Cathedral and the Joseph Henry Statue, three days after similar vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial.

Senate Confirms James Comey As Next FBI Director

Comey is a Republican and a former Justice Department official during the George W. Bush years. His nomination sailed through the full Senate once Republican Sen. Rand Paul lifted his hold on the nominee.

Police Arrest Woman Suspected Of Vandalizing Washington Icon

The woman allegedly splattered green paint on the organ at the National Cathedral. Paint was similarly splattered at the Lincoln Memorial last week.

Judge: Verdict In Bradley Manning Trial Due Tuesday

Judge Denise Lind has reached a decision in the trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, and the verdict is set to be announced Tuesday.

Obama And Clinton Meet For 'Friendship' Lunch

President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Monday for a private lunch that immediately sparked speculation about what it means for the 2016 presidential race.

Groups Want More Traffic Cameras In D.C.

In a letter to the D.C. Council, bicycle and pedestrian advocates say that the city's traffic cameras have helped promote safer streets.

Head-On Train Collision In Switzerland Leaves Dozens Injured

One official said the crash, which happened on the outskirts of Bern, could have been more catastrophic. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Chandra Levy Case Gets Post-Trial Hearing

A key prosecution witness in the case of Chandra Levy could be credited, which has attorneys returning to the court.

Canvassers For Health Coverage Find Few Takers In Boca Raton

Most Americans aren't aware that they may be able to buy health insurance under the new marketplaces. So an outreach effort lead by veterans of the Obama administration and campaigns is going door to door to get the word out.

Kokesh Denied Bond On D.C. Gun Charge

The gun-toting libertarian activist was ordered held as he faces charges of violating D.C.'s gun laws.

Military Judge Will Likely Announce Manning Verdict Tuesday

Bradley Manning is accused of perpetrating the biggest leak of classified information in the history of the United States. Manning has been in military custody since May 2010.

No Safe Places In Syria: Photographer Abducted At Media Center

Polish photographer Marcin Suder was staying at a media center in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb when a group of masked men reportedly stormed in and took him. The center was once considered a safe haven, but not anymore.

Boys With Autism Or ADHD More Prone To Overuse Video Games

Boys with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD put in twice as much time each day playing video games as do typically developing boys. But researchers say they don't know if the games contribute to behavior issues or if the children's difficulties make video games more alluring.

Analysis: Congress Continues Debate Over Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

David Hawkings talks about the latest behind the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention center, and how Obama plans to handle the issue.

U.S. Beats Panama, 1-0, To Win Gold Cup Title

The U.S. men's soccer team was stymied by Panama's efficient defense and their own tight play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final for more than an hour Sunday, but it took less than one minute for substitute Brek Shea to enter the game and tap the match's lone goal into the net.

FBI: Operation Rescues 105 Sexually Exploited Children

The FBI says it also arrested more than 150 alleged pimps in 76 U.S. cities during Operation Cross Country VII.

Farm To Fido: Dog Food Goes Local

Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.

Diversity Is The Key Of Emerging D.C. Music Scene

New D.C. bands are helping redefine what exactly the city's music scene sounds like.

Amazon Says It Will Hire More Than 5,000 Workers In U.S.

Many of the new jobs will be at order-fulfillment centers that are spread across more than 10 states, the company says.

Hawaii Starts Feeling Effects Of Tropical Storm Flossie

Flossie could become the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Big Island head on. It is the first to make landfall on the islands since 1992.

D.C. Men Cite Trayvon Martin During Robbery Of Maryland Man

Three men cited the Trayvon Martin case as they beat and robbed a Maryland man in D.C. over the weekend.

Drug-Addled Man Steals D.C. Ambulance

A D.C. man police say was high on PCP climbed out of one ambulance and drove away in another this weekend.

Putin's Latest Feat Of Derring-Do? Bagging A Really Big Fish

The Russian president has had himself photographed in a variety of macho images. The photographs have been criticized, but have done little to dim his popularity.

Derailment Disrupts MARC Service, Significant Delays On Camden Line

A train derailment over the weekend in Baltimore is disrupting MARC service this morning, and officials say the Camden line will have significant delays.

Pope Francis Discusses Gay Catholics: 'Who Am I To Judge?'

In an unusually candid news conference, the pope said gay people should be integrated into society instead of being ostracized. His view of gays is being seen as diverging from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. He also divulged what he keeps in his black bag.

BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

BMW, which unveiled its all-electric i3 compact sedan on Monday, will reportedly give customers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks each year. The move is part of efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round.

Group Faults Apple For Labor Violations At China Supplier

New York-based China Labor Watch says violations at three factories in China run by Taiwan-based Pegatron Group "are even worse than those at Foxconn factories." Apple said it will investigate.

Italian Investigators Search For Cause Of Deadly Tour Bus Crash

At least 38 people died after bus crashed through a guardrail and fell nearly 100 feet to the rough terrain below, Italian news agencies say.

A New App Will Let You Share Your Leftovers With Strangers

As part of a bid to reduce wasted food, two former college roommates have come up with Leftover Swap, an app in which you post photos of leftovers for other users to claim.

Barrage Of Car Bombings Kills Dozens In Iraq

More than a dozen car bombs exploded in Iraq early Monday, reportedly killing at least 50 people in Baghdad and other areas. At least 10 explosions were reported in the Iraqi capital during the morning rush hour.

More About The 40-Year-Old Picture That Makes People Smile

The photographer behind a touching photo of five children that gained a lot of attention recently says that it is "good to know that even in this day and age, when we are bombarded by imagery from every direction, that one photograph can matter to someone."

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29, 2013

You can hear slam poetry performed by local teens or see an exhibit of clay artwork for animal lovers.