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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Decades-Old Vials Of Smallpox Found at NIH Building In Bethesda

Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

Alexandria Woman Killed On Fourth Of July Was Strangled

Police say the woman found dead in her Alexandria apartment during the Fourth of July holiday weekend was strangled.

Air, Space & Rail? Silver Line To Link Museum Facilities In D.C. And Virginia

When Metro's new Silver Line opens later this month, it will provide the first public transportation link between the National Air and Space Museum's locations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Dutch Couple Bets That Flower Business Can Bloom In Virginia

A Dutch couple looking to make inroads in the U.S. flower market has settled on Virginia for its headquarters, and hopes to make a dent in a business dominated by the Netherlands and California.

Sarvis In For Virginia Senate Race, Complicating Gillespie's Hopes

Now that Libertarian Robert Sarvis has qualified to be on the ballot in the U.S. Senate race across Virginia, some are wondering if he might play a decisive role in the election.

Under D.C. Budget, Property Tax Exemption For Seniors Sees Tweaks

Starting next year, D.C. residents will get tax cuts, totaling some $143 million dollars a year. But some seniors won't be getting a property tax exemption the D.C. Council had passed last year aimed at helping long-time residents stay in their homes.

Maryland Casinos Brought In $72 Million In June

Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with more than $56 million from slot machines and table games — an approximately 10 percent increase from June 2013.

Monday, July 7, 2014

DDOT Abandons 'Zebras' On Pennsylvania Avenue Bike Lane

Bicyclists say the striped bumpers, installed last fall, simply didn't do what they were intended to do.

Two Candidates For Prince George's County Council Seat Separated By 10 Votes

One race from Maryland's two-week-old primary remains undecided, but today additional ballots are being counted in the Democratic primary for the District 2 seat on the Prince George's County Council.

Police Arrest 13-Year-Old For Allegedly Shooting Frederick Teen

Police in Frederick have arrested a 13-year-old boy for a Fourth of July shooting that left a 15-year-old girl injured.

Old Railcars Slow Down Metro Progress

Metro’s fleet of aging railcars — scheduled for replacement over the next several years — continues to bedevil commuters, risking Metro’s message that things actually are getting better halfway through a six-year, $5 billion rebuilding effort.

Pot Legalization Proponents Say Enough Signatures Gathered For D.C. Ballot

Backers of a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana in D.C. will turn in 58,000 signatures to the elections board today, more than the 23,000 needed to get on November's ballot.

Police Continue To Investigate Killing Of Alexandria Woman Over Weekend

Asabech Abayneh was found dead in her home on July 4, but will police ruled the death a homicide, they do not yet have many clues as to what happened.

New D.C. Charter School Prompts Complaints From Henderson Over Planning

A new science and technology charter school opening across the street from a traditional public school with the same focus prompted D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson to bemoan the "cannibalistic environment'' between the two sectors.

Columbia Pike Streetcar May Weigh Heavily On Special Election In Arlington

The two political parties have picked their candidates for the August special election to fill the seat vacated by Del. Bob Brink, and the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar has emerged as a key issues.

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