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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Alexandria Left Hanging On Joint Transit Study

Alexandria officials are balking at their neighboring Arlington's decision to pull out of a joint transit study.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Execution Lacking In D.C. Sustainability Plan

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled a 20-year sustainability plan earlier this week, but a lack of follow-through on some projects like bike-theft prevention and streetcars puts the veracity of that plan into question.

Slain Virginia Tech Officer Honored In D.C.

A police officer shot and killed near the Virginia Tech campus last year is being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square on Thursday.

Philippine Ambassador Responds To Barry's Comments

The ambassador to the Philippines weighed in on former mayor and D.C. Councilman Marion Barry's comments Monday about Filipino nurses, calling them"deplorable."

Maryland Fracking Report Likely Delayed

Fracking in western Maryland may be further delayed, as a study into the safety of the practice, used to extract natural gas, is not likely to be completed by its August deadline.

Ambulance Fees Draw Skepticism On Montgomery County Council

Voters in Montgomery County may have to face down another referendum on ambulance fees in the county, but first it has to get passed members of the county council, who have been critical of the idea.

D.C. School Board Approves Four New Charter Schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has given the green light to four new charter schools in the District that will serve a variety of niches.

O'Malley Pushes For Appeal On DNA Law Ruling

Governor Martin O'Malley is pushing for an appeal on a court decision that struck down a Maryland law allowing police to collect DNA samples from those convicted of violent crimes or burglary.

Vintage Base Ball Pays Homage To Area's Sporting Past

Vintage base ball players in Lewes, Del. bring back the historically-accurate version of America's pastime, with all its quirky rules, lumpy baseballs and old-time flair.

Doctors: Albrecht Muth Incompetent To Stand Trial

Doctors say that Albrecht Muth, a German man accused of killing his 91-year-old Washington socialite wife, is incompetent to stand trial for first-degree murder.

Analysis: Federal Workforce Invoked By Both Sides In Campaign

The federal workforce, whose ranks are particularly strong in the D.C. area, is likely to be a political football in the campaign leading up to the November election. National Journal's Chris Frates talks about what that could mean for local government employees.

Drop Off Cell Phones For Charity At Metro Stations Today

Commuters can drop off old cell phones at Metro stations this morning in order to provide aid for needy women and children.  

Fairfax Gang Prostitution Case Raising Awareness Statewide

The recent arrest of alleged gang members in a Fairfax County prostitution ring case is causing Virginia law enforcement officials to warn parents and teens of gang and prostitution activity throughout the state.

Senate Considering D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill

D.C. is getting another chance at budget autonomy as Sen. Joe Lieberman has introduced a bill that would allow D.C. to manage its own local financial affairs without Congressional intervention.

Firefighters Check For Detectors As Neighbors Reel From CO Deaths

After five people were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning yesterday, Prince George's County firefighters are going door-to-door to try to prevent another such tragedy.