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Friday, July 1, 2011

Activists Take Plunge in Anacostia To Raise Awareness

Nearly three decades after a federal deadline passed requiring waterways to be fish-able and swim-able, the Anacostia River remains neither. Yesterday, advocates took the risky step of swimming in the river to raise awareness about the pollution.

Union Station Debuts Two Electric Car Charging Stations

For electric vehicle drivers in the city, charging up can sometimes prove challenging. Now, D.C. leaders hope two new chargers at Union Station will be a jolt for electric cars.

Poll Shows Tim Kaine, George Allen Tied In Va. Senate Race

A poll of more than 1,400 voters in Virginia shows that those voters are pretty evenly divided over who should win the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Virginia in 2012.

GAO Says Metro Board Micromanages

The federal Government Accountability Office says Metro's board of directors is guilty of micromanagement.

Former WTU Pres. On Working With Rhee's Organization: 'It's About Children'

George Parker, the former head of the Washington Teachers' Union is joining former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new organization StudentsFirst.

Police Have 'Robust' Invisible Security Plan For Independence Day

Law enforcement officials are ramping up security in the area ahead of the region's celebration of the Fourth of July on Monday.

Maryland Alcohol Tax: Drinking Will Cost More Starting Today

For those celebrating the holiday weekend with an ice cold beer (or other alcoholic beverage) in Maryland, it's going to cost them something extra. A 10-cent per drink tax hike goes into effect today in the state.

New Drunk Driving Law Extends Suspension, Raises Offense For Teens

A law stiffening the penalty for teens who drive drunk takes effect in Virginia Friday.

Big Tree Hunters Search For Champions

Every year conservationists from across the country compete in a contest to identify champions for The National Register of Big Trees. The organization responsible for the register, American Forests, unveils its new list of winners today.

Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches' Waters Get Superstar Ratings

Just in time for the height of summer, Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches in Delaware received superstar ratings. The two are among the top four beaches in the country, according to a national report released on the water quality of America's beaches.

New Va. Laws To Reduce Financial Burden On Disabled, Unemployed

A number of new laws in Virginia take effect Friday to reduce the financial burden for people who are injured, jobless, or taking care of loved ones who suffer from disorders or disabilities.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Folklife Festival Underway Today

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway today on the National Mall.

Sierra Club Volunteers Petition To Close Down GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant

Volunteers from The Sierra Club are raising awareness on smog and soot issues on Mount Vernon Trail, not too far from GenOn's Coal Fire Electric Plant.

Alexandria Holds Meeting On Potomac Yard Metro

A meeting is planned tonight for residents of Alexandria, Va. over a proposed Metrorail station at Potomac Yard.

Metro, P.G. County Police Team Up For Crime Enforcement

In Prince George's County, Metro police patrolled stations with county police Wednesday evening in an outreach campaign with a dual purpose.

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