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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Emergency Drill At Virginia Nuclear Plant

Some officials in Virginia will soon find out how effective their emergency procedures are. An emergency drill will be held this week at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Capitals Host Thousands Of Fans On Saturday In Arlington

While lockouts in the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have some sports fans frustrated, the District’s hockey team continues to draw an audience.

Man Treks Thousands Of Miles For Conservation

A man is using any means necessary -- except cars or mass transit -- to cover 6,000 miles of terrain in an effort to call attention to conservation of North America's wild lands.

James Dean Brewer Back In Custody After Escaping

Police say James Dean Brewer, the suspect that escaped from custody Saturday morning, has been recaptured.

New Smartphone App Aims To Hook In Fishermen

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is offering a new smartphone application that will help fishermen identify their catch or locate nearby boat ramps or recreation areas.??

Manassas Brims With Anticipation of Sesquicentennial

In less than a week, Manassas, Va. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas and the start of the Civil War.

Another Setback In Obama Administration's Crackdown On Leaks To Media

A former senior spy agency official has been sentenced to probation and community service for leaking information about a federal espionage program.

McDonnell Continues To Plead With Pentagon Over BRAC Moves

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is once again pleading with the Pentagon to delay moving thousands of its employees to the Mark Center in Alexandria.

New Operations Center In Montgomery County To Have Green Roof

Green roofs are becoming a common addition to new buildings throughout the region.

Florida Manatee Back In The Chesapeake Bay

Chessie, the wandering Florida manatee, is back in the Chesapeake Bay.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Report Finds Housing Discrimination Still Plagues D.C.

The District of Columbia needs to do more to fight racial discrimination in housing and to distribute affordable housing more evenly throughout the city, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Va. Congressmen Urge Pentagon To Delay BRAC Mark Center Move

Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Pentagon to slow down employee moves to a new Department of Defense office building at the Mark Center in Alexandria.

House Republicans Seek To Cut Legislative Staff Budgets

Further budget cuts may be coming to lawmakers' offices on Capitol Hill, and it could mean staffing cuts.

'French Maids' Fill 18th Street For Bastille Day

D.C. celebrated Bastille Day in style with a number of parties, races, and festivities across the city in honor of the French holiday.

DEA Breaks Up Dulles Drug Ring, Arrests Three Local Suspects

Federal officers say they've broken up an international drug ring that was smuggling heroin into the country through Dulles Airport in an operation that stretched all along the East Coast.