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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Employment Site Compiles D.C. Region's 'Green Jobs'

Job seekers have a new online tool for finding green jobs across the region.

Virginia Agencies To Check For Undocumented Workers

A Virginia government review board says state agencies and their contractors are not doing enough to make sure that the workers they hire are legal, and they're advocating for wider use of the electronic E-Verify system.

Fairfax County Fights Bill That Could Allow Taller Cell Towers

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are worried that a bill under consideration in Congress would undermine their local zoning authority.

D.C. Council Targets Pepco's Reliability

With weather-related power outages this year dragging on sometimes for days, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to make the energy companies, including Pepco, more accountable.

Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to call a special legislative session the week of October 17, according to the Associated Press. But some of the policy issues the General Assembly will consider this fall are still to be determined.

P.G. County Council Cuts Off Leslie Johnson

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson says she'll resign her position at the end of this month, but that isn't enough for her fellow council members. The council is calling on Johnson to step down immediately.

‘Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steely art, almost normal theater and another slice of Greek cinema.

Washington Blade Archiving Decades Of Gay Rights History In Photos

The Washington Blade has been documenting the gay community in the D.C. area for 42 years. It's one of the nation's oldest gay newspapers, and now it's trying to preserve thousands of historic photographs.

Alexandra Russell: Learning Humility, Compassion In Karate Class

Alexandra Russell is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. that took a martial arts class to spend time with her son, and ended up learning something about herself.

Race-based hate crimes up nearly 40 percent in D.C.

D.C. Police say the total number of hate-crimes increased by nearly 70 percent last year.

Police Search For Taser-Wielding Robber

Police are searching for a suspect who used a Taser to rob a man at an outdoor ATM machine in Montgomery County.

Gray Reverses Course On Dulles Metro Station

A key supporter of an underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport has reversed course.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

'Nighttime Mayor' Of Ocean City Lives His Dream Life

If you look at the sun visor covering Mike Beatty's shaggy hair, the Hawaiian shirt on his back, or the tattered Vans on his feet, "mayor" might not be the first word that comes to mind.

Leslie Johnson Resigns, Council Removes Her Staff, Resources

Leslie Johnson has resigned from the Prince George's County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.

Dalai Lama Arrives In D.C. Today

The Verizon Center in downtown D.C. is gearing up for the huge influx of people expected there for the Dalai Lama's appearance this week.