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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fewer D.C. Residents Affected By HIV/AIDS, Though Epidemic Remains

A new report finds that while the number of D.C. residents affected by HIV/AIDS continues to decline, it remains an epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans.

Father Mourns Daughter's Death In Fatal Crash At Silver Spring Middle School

A father speaks about the death of his 13-year-old daughter, who was killed in a crash at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring on Tuesday night.

New Laws In Virginia Target Celebratory Gunfire, Revenge Porn And Ethics

Several new laws are taking effect in Virginia this week, including one banning celebratory gunfire and another punishing revenge porn.

Traffic A Big Concern With White Oak Development Plan

Development in the eastern part of Montgomery County would be good for the area, according to county officials, but potential changes to congestion standards have drawn the ire of residents in the area.

Dedicated Bus Lane From Crystal City To Potomac Yard To Open Next Month

The D.C. area will see it's first dedicated bus lane next month in "Metroway" — a line running from Crystal City through Braddock Road in Northern Virginia.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bottle-Bomb Suspects Charged, Held Without Bond

A suspect accused of setting off bottle bombs at area movie theaters has been formally indicted in Maryland, and identical charges have been filed against an alleged co-conspirator.

Parties Scramble To Find Candidates To Replace Arlington Delegate

Voters in Arlington and McLean will be heading to the polls next month in a special election to replace longtime Delegate Bob Brink, and the parties will be working overtime this weekend to name candidates.

Key Transportation Fund Desperately Needs Cash Infusion, Says Foxx

As the peak summer driving season approaches, the nation's top transportation official says the federal government may slow down reimbursement payments to states for their road-construction bills starting on or around August 1, unless Congress acts to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Ban On Sale Of Grain Alcohol Takes Effect In Maryland

The sale of high-proof alcohol is now banned in Maryland, and microbreweries in Montgomery County are getting a break on selling their beers.

Obama To Use Key Bridge As Backdrop For Plea On Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama is mixing a little Fourth of July patriotism with a pitch to fix the nation's bridges and highways.

Public Financing For Campaigns Faces Challenges In Montgomery County

A plan to offer public financing for campaigns in Montgomery County has hit a roadblock: Self-funded candidates in the wealthy Maryland enclave.

Minimum Wage In D.C. Increases To $9.50

The minimum wage in D.C. rises from $8.25 to $9.50 today, on its way to $11.50 in 2016.

Sidewalk Closed: Group Says D.C. Not Focused Enough On Pedestrian Safety

Members of the pedestrian rights group All Walks D.C. is trying to get the District to place greater emphasis on the safety of those who rely on foot power over pedal power.

McAuliffe To Announce New Virginia Climate Change Commission

A new commission that will issue recommendations on how the Commonwealth of Virginia can cope with the effects of climate change will be announced today.

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