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Monday, October 17, 2011

Cornel West Arrested At Supreme Court Protest

Civil rights activist Cornel West was arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court during a protest yesterday.

Sinkhole On D.C. 295 South Ties Up Traffic

A large sinkhole on southbound D.C. route-295 at South Capitol Street has snarled traffic this morning.

Searches For Missing 11-Year-Old Unsuccessful

A search for 11-year-old William McQuain of Germantown has thus far been unsuccessful. McQuain's mother was found beaten and stabbed to death in her Germantown home last week.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Voting Rights At MLK Dedication

Amid all the fanfare surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication in D.C. yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray provided a rare sobering moment when called for D.C. voting rights. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Family Of DC9 Victim Sues Club

The family of a man who died outside of a D.C. nightclub last October is suing the club owners.

Virginia Candidates Debate Eminent Domain

Virginia candidates are divided over an amendment that would broaden the power of eminent domain.

Laurel Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Laurel Park celebrates 100 years of horse racing, but worries about its uncertain future due to competition from future slots machines.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 17

The bee's knees and LGBT film.

Thousands Gather For MLK Dedication

After a nearly two-month postponement due to Hurricane Irene, thousands of people gathered for the Martin Luther King Jr. dedication ceremony.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Report Reveals Big Wage Gap In Virginia

A decline in middle-income jobs has led to a big wage disparity between Virginia's top and lowest earners.

Fall Fire Season Starts In Virginia

The cool winds and dry, crispy leaves signify autumn. It's also a time when the risk of fire spreading is the greatest.

Ceremony Marks Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration

A new structure in the C&O Canal National Historical Park is expected to draw thousands of visitors.

Amtrak Ridership Hits Record 30M

amtrak train

Amtrak reached its highest total ridership since it started its operations in 1971.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Arlington Cab Companies Want Fare Hikes


Think you're paying too much for transportation already? Arlington cab companies are pushing for an increase in rates.

CQ Roll Call: Obama's Michigan Trip, A GOP Jobs Bill, And Public Works

President Obama is taking a trip to a GM plant in Michigan with the South Korean president -- David Hawkings weighs in on this and other political happenings in Washington D.C.