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Monday, April 18, 2011

I Bought An Electric Car. Now What?

Fairfax County resident Ron Ball was one of the first people in Virginia to buy the Chevy Volt, a new eco-friendly electric car. As an avid environmentalist, he had been dreaming of owning a Volt for years. But now that he has one, he's discovering life as a proud Volt owner is more complicated than he realized.

Fire Spokesman: Georgetown Flooding 'Could Have Been Prevented' By Floodwall

Authorities in D.C. say a coastal flood warning remains in effect along the Potomac River. That includes Washington Harbor in Georgetown, the scene of flooding Monday. Many are questioning why floodwalls, which are supposed to protect property there, were not in place.

Arlington Police Still Won't Release Closed Cases

In this year's legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly considered a measure that would have opened up access in cases that are closed. That effort died when police and prosecutors spoke out against it.

Political Pressure Mounts On Airports Authority

The political fallout continues over the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's plan for building a new subway station at Dulles International Airport.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Dangers Of Mixed Martial Arts

I don't know whether it more closely resembles the gladiators, who pummeled each other to amuse the ancient Roman emperors, or the cockfights, which were popular in the Middle Ages, or the dog fights, which sent Michael Vick to jail. But frankly I'm appalled and ashamed and a little revolted when I hear that mixed martial arts is one of the fastest-growing sports in America.

Flash Mob Does 'Tax The Rich Shuffle' In Arlington

In Northern Virginia Monday, some residents showed their dissatisfaction with how the tax code is written in our country by dancing.

Montgomery County Opens First Large-Scale Solar Project

An ordinary looking government building in Montgomery County, Md., is now a mini energy plant.

Lower Level Floods At Georgetown Waterfront

UPDATE: D.C. Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer says flooding of the Washington Harbor complex in Georgetown "could have been prevented" if the floodwall had been erected in time.

Public Forum On Stink Bugs In Virginia

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) is hosting a public forum Monday night in Purcellville that will focus on the invasive stink bug's impact on crops and plants around the region.

High Court Takes No Action on Cuccinelli Request

The Supreme Court has taken no action on Virginia's call for speedy review of the health care law.

D.C. Drivers Paying More Than $4 Per Gallon Of Gas

Drivers may be feeling bad paying at the pump, as the price for fuel continues to rise. Over the weekend the average price in the District topped out at more than $4 a gallon -- but sometimes, paying in cash can knock a few cents off your total.

Police Target Reckless Driving On Fairfax Co. Parkway

If you're accustomed to flying down the Fairfax County Parkway to beat the rush, take note: police are targeting speeders and reckless drivers on the thoroughfare beginning this week.

Va. Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down After Storm

Officials from the Surry nuclear power station in southeastern Virginia say this weekend's strong storms forced a shutdown of the facility's reactors.

Power Breakfast: A Post-vote, Pre-recess Debriefing

From Capitol News Connection:Before they scattered to their respective corners for the week, Senators fielded questions about nuclear energy.

A Push for Weatherization in the District

With the weather warming up, one non-profit group in the District is going door-to-door to encourage residents to save money on their energy bills by going green and weatherizing their homes.