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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

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

Gray Reverses Course On Dulles Metro Station

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

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.

Charges filed against Sky Express Bus Driver

A grand jury handed down four felony charges against the driver of a bus that crashed in Virginia in May, killing four passengers and injuring dozens more.

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.

Police Close Baltimore Washington Parkway To Search For Armed Man

Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County police are searching for an armed man along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, but they say no one was injured.

Dalai Lama Kicks Off 10-Day Event In D.C.

Hundreds of people, many of them monks in long red religious garments, began streaming into the Verizon Center this morning for the opening prayers of the Dalai Lama's event in D.C. this week.

Arlington Co. Aims to Save Historic Garden Apartments

The Arlington County Board is getting ready to approve a comprehensive list of historic commercial and apartment buildings. It's the first such list to be created anywhere in the region.

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

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

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wal-Mart Coming To D.C.: Activists Want Promises In Writing

Community groups in the District are fighting for input when it comes time to negotiate with Wal-Mart. The retail giant is scheduled to open four stores in D.C. next year in Wards 4, 5, 6 and 7, and some want to see promises in writing about everything from wages to traffic.

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