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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sea Level Rise Could Mean Big Increase In Annapolis Flood Events, Scientist Says

Instead of say, 50 flood events a year, Annapolis could face hundreds per year, even if sea level increases stay on the lower side of projections, Brenda Ekwurzel says.

Error By D.C. Fire Lieutenant Partly To Blame In Toddler's Death, Report Says

Neglect by fire personnel and a technical glitch were responsible for the botched response to the March 13 incident in Northwest D.C., according to the report by the fire department.

On Loosening Some Alcohol Sales Rules, Montgomery County Makes It Official

The county Council is formally asking the Maryland General Assembly to allow bars and restaurants to "special order" beer and wine from private stores.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.

Another Dispute Threatens Already Delayed Opening Of Silver Spring Transit Center

Yet another dispute between Montgomery County officials and Metro leadership could delay the transfer and ensuing opening of the facility.

Gov. Hogan Loses Hair, Says He's Killing Cancer Cells

"Thanks to my treatments, I'm sporting a new aerodynamic look," the 59-year-old Maryland governor says in a Facebook post that shows his newly bald head.

Street-Level Mural Project In NoMa Strives To Elevate The Neighborhood

When construction starts on the Storey Park complex in Northeast D.C., it will wipe out a one-acre burst of color. The artists who made it are hoping that once the art is gone the energy and feeling will linger.

In Chile, Trial Finally Comes For D.C. Man Allegedly Burned To Death By Authorities

Veronica De Negri has been pushing the government for justice since her son was murdered 29 years ago. Now a court in Chile is charging six former officers and soldiers for allegedly burning her son.

D.C., Virginia Lack Protections For Children In Event Of Disaster, Report Says

The group Save The Children says more needs to be done in the D.C. area to ensure that in the event of a disaster, there is a plan to account for the region's kids.

Fairfax Police Commission Calls For A Change To Department's Closed Culture

Public officials in Virginia — and in Fairfax County in particular — have a problem when it comes to transparency. A commission outlined the problem for the county police during a public meeting Monday night.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Silver Line Celebrates Its First Birthday With Mediocre Ridership Numbers

The new Metro line turned one year old this week — but its ridership is still below expectations.

McAuliffe Names Longtime Fairfax County Judge To Va. Supreme Court

Jane Marum Roush, known for presiding over the trials of Charles Severance and Lee Boyd Malvo, among others, would replace Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who is retiring soon.

Smithsonian Smashes Kickstarter Goal, Now Sets Sights On Mercury Suit

Kickstarter backers have ensured that Neil Armstrong's space suit will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum, but they've set a new goal that will include fellow space pioneer Alan Shepard.

Metro Working On Deal With Wireless Carriers To End Tunnel Dead Spots

The deadline set by Congress for Metro to provide cell phone coverage throughout the system has long since passed, and the latest deadline of Sept. 30 is likely to be missed as well, but a deal with wireless carriers may be close.

State Song Aside, Maryland Has Quietly Shed Some Vestiges Of The Confederacy

A bill to change the state song of Maryland, with its references to the tyrant Abraham Lincoln and "northern scum" faces an uphill battle, but recent years have seen some lower-profile references to the Confederacy and slavery broken.