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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Storify: Reactions To Shuttle Discovery's Arrival In D.C.

Residents of the D.C. area turned out in force Tuesday morning to witness the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.

Montgomery County Police Warn Of Rear-Ending Robbers

Police are warning residents of Montgomery County to be extra careful on the roads at night, after two incidents in Potomac, Maryland where cars were rear-ended as a pretext to a robbery.

Romney, Obama Both Top $2M Raised In Virginia

Presidential candidates already have their eyes on Virginia; both Mitt Romney and President Obama have raised millions in the state so far.

D.C. Emancipation Document On View In Capitol

D.C. Emancipation Day may be over, but visitors to the U.S. Capitol will continue to have the chance to look at a key document relating to the freeing of the slaves in the District.

Neighborhood Stunned After House Cats Mistakenly Euthanized

Some residents of one quiet Eastern Shore street are mourning their pets after they say they were wrongly euthanized by the county's animal control.

More Money Orders: Harry Thomas Jr. Tied To Jeffrey Thompson

Political donor Jeffrey Thompson also left his mark on the campaign fund of former Council member Harry Thomas Jr., according to city records.

Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Flight Over D.C.

Residents of the D.C. area reacted with emotion Tuesday morning to the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, as it circled the District en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Proposed Bill Would Rein In Pepco Tree-Trimming

Pepco has undertaken an effort to aggressively trim trees that could impact the company's powerlines, but a new measure proposed in Montgomery County would give residents a means to push back.

Environmental Concerns Top Objections To Arlington Chickens

As Arlington considers relaxing restrictions on backyard hens in residential areas, one of the primary objections raised is the potential environmental impact wrought by chicken waste.

Montgomery County Braces For Possible 'Doomsday Budget'

With Maryland's General Assembly no closer to calling a special session to compromise on a state budget, officials in Montgomery County are taking inventory of what the so-called "Doomsday Budget" contingency would mean for the area.

Dew Tour Returning To Ocean City

After breaking attendance records last year in Ocean City, a national extreme sports tour is announcing its return.

Virginia Tech Honors Fifth Anniversary Of Shooting

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech. While there will be commemorations on campus, students plan to honor those slain by attending classes as normal.

Virginia Universities Draw Criticism For Tech Transfer Programs

As federal and state funds for higher education dry up, many universities are putting new emphasis on Tech Transfer -- patenting and licensing inventions made by faculty members. These inventions can be profitable, but critics warn there are pitfalls."

Analysis: Secret Service Scandal Fallout, GSA Hearings This Week

Congress probes GSA spending scandal in hearings this week; U.S. Secret Service under fire after officers were accused of misconduct involving a prostitute during a presidential trip to Colombia.

Immigrants Enter Work With New Skills

Hundreds of immigrants are getting a leg up in the American workforce through a vocational training program.