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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Firefighters Sickened After Responding To Fire In PCP Lab

Several D.C. firefighters are off the job today after suffering the effects of fighting a chemical fire in Northeast D.C. 

Officials Urge River Safety For Summer

Officials are educating people about basic safety rules for visiting rivers and creeks this summer.

Former Gray Campaign Aide Howard Brooks Pleads Guilty

Howard Brooks, who served as campaign consultant for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010 and has been charged with lying to the FBI, pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court Thursday.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Capital Bikeshare Celebrates Two Million Rides

Capital Bikeshare, in operation since 2010, celebrated two million rides on Wednesday, a testament to the success of the bicycle sharing system.

D.C. Abortion Activists Stake Out Office Of Rep. Franks

Dozens of protesters staked out the office of Republican Congressman Trent Franks Wednesday, hoping to get him to answer for his interference in the abortion policies of the District.

Oxfam Sues SEC For Failing To Enforce Oil, Mining Transparency

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is echoing the sentiment behind a lawsuit that calls for the SEC to enforce requirements passed in 2010 that publicly-traded oil, gas, and mining companies report payments made to world governments.

Commentary: D.C. Shouldn't Shoulder The Burden Of Cleaner Water Alone

DC Water is launching a massive project to help clean it up the sewage overflows into area waterways, but commentator Carol O'Cleireacain, the author of a new Brookings Institution report about the issue, says costs should be shared regionally.

Fundraising Website Launched By Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has launched a fundraising website, which, while it makes no explicit mention of running for anything, bolsters the claims that he may run to replace current Governor Martin O'Malley in 2014.

Analysis: Mobilization Race For Presidential Election Is On In Virginia

Still five months from the Presidential election, and campaigns are starting to ramp up their efforts in Virginia. Reid Wilson from National Journal Hotline explains who is ahead in the race to set up campaign offices.

Howard Brooks, Another Gray Campaign Aide, Charged In Federal Probe

Howard Brooks, campaign consultant to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, has been charged with making false statements to the FBI. 

National Zoo Gains Pair Of Cheetah Cubs

A pair of month-old cheetah cubs have had a rocky road from their unconventional births to their new home at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The duo will debut their abundance of cuteness some time this summer.

Police, AAA: Drivers Should Take It Slow Over Memorial Day

Law enforcement authorities and AAA are expecting record-high traffic volumes for Memorial Day weekend, and both groups are urging drivers to slow down as they enjoy the holiday.

Flood Waters Starting To Recede In Prince William County

Prince William County is drying out this morning after heavy rains caused flooding in some areas yesterday and overnight. Authorities are watching the weather closely while possible rain showers still loom, however.

Montgomery County Rapid Bus System To Cost $1.8B

Montgomery County's planned rapid bus transit system is expected to cost nearly $2 billion to implement, according to the newest figures. 

D.C. Police Official Warned Of 'File Burn'

Members of the city's police and firefighters' unions are wondering why dumpsters full of documents, some of them appearing to be personnel records, were found on fire last week.