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Monday, June 20, 2011

Rep. Van Hollen Continues To Haggle Over Debt Ceiling

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers meeting again this week to try to mend a disagreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Maryland Launches Study On Internet Sales Tax

Maryland officials have commissioned a study to find out just how much tax revenue the state is losing to Internet sales and how to recapture the money.

U.S. Open: Crowd Can't Get Enough Of McIlroy At Final

The final day at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda felt like a coronation as the winner, Rory McIlroy, left thousands of fans and his fellow golfers in awe.

Bomb Threat Temporarily Shuts Down Reagan National Airport

Federal authorities in the District and Ohio are investigating a bomb threat made from an airport ticket counter Sunday that closed Reagan National Airport for a portion of the afternoon.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Popularity Plunges

In the District, the ongoing scandals surrounding Mayor Vincent Gray and other city lawmakers are taking their toll. New numbers suggest the mayor's popularity has declined since his victory over Adrian Fenty.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Making out history, man's fantastical visions, and a most racy opportunity.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Brookings Institute Report On Immigration

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by the report on immigration, which was issued by the Brookings Institute this month.

Cases Of Lyme Disease In Virginia And Maryland Increases

In recent years the number of cases of Lyme disease in Virginia and Maryland has grown as the ticks, which carry the disease multiply.

Columbia Pike Braces For Revitalization

Changes are in store for Arlington, Va. where county leaders have been planning to revitalize Columbia Pike for decades -- including new streetcar transit and mixed-use development. But opinions are divided about what that might mean for local residents and businesses.

Fairfax Struggles to Restore Full Slate of Summer School Programs

Many public school systems in Virginia are wrapping up their school year this week, but the pursuit of knowledge will continue for many in summer school.

Leave Policy For Pregnant Firefighters Questioned By D.C. Council Member

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson is expressing concern over the treatment of pregnant firefighters.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

FBI Investigating 'Suspicious Activity' At Ronald Reagan National Airport

UPDATE: 3:35 p.m.: A man has been taken into custody for making a bomb threat that caused authorities to divert a U.S. Airways flight to Reagan National Airport Sunday afternoon.

Poll Shows D.C. Mayor's Popularity Plummeting

New figures suggest D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's popularity is starting to slip away.

Cheetah Cubs At The Smithsonian Are Healthy And Active

Animal care workers finally got a peek this weekend at the five cheetah cubs recently born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia.

D.C. Residents Gather To Rethink Community Building And Cohousing

A couple hundred people who are rethinking community building are spending the weekend learning from each other in D.C., and will spend Monday discussing housing with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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