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Monday, July 18, 2011

Va.'s Emergency Loan Program Deadline Is July 22

Homeowners in Virginia who have fallen behind on their mortgages have a few days left to apply for a HUD sponsored emergency program that gives interest-free, forgivable loans to unemployed and underemployed residents.

DCPS Teacher Evaluations Not Yet Affecting Test Scores

D.C. Public Schools' new teacher evaluation system, known as IMPACT, will lead to increases in test scores, but not until next year, says schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Homeless To Rehab Houses In D.C.'s 'Sweat Equity' Program

The District is rolling out an innovative program, the "sweat equity program," to boost the city's housing stock for the homeless and at the same help the unemployed find work.

Pedicabbers Up In Arms After Seeing Driver Tased On Mall

D.C. pedicab operators are once again calling attention to their treatment by the U.S. Park Police after they say one of their own was unfairly arrested and subdued with a Taser on the National Mall.

Metro Escalators Suffer From Lack Of Weatherproofing

Washington is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. But out-of-towners should be warned to do some leg exercises before arriving in the nation's capital, because many of Metro's escalators are broken.

Busy Day For Montgomery County Council

Montgomery County council members will be attending several meetings and hearings today.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Plen air painters flock to Easton, Empty Chair presents Titus Andronicus and Natalie York brings soulful sounds to the Birchmere.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

African American Civil War Museums Reopens This Week

A weekend of festivities is accompanying the reopening of The African American Civil War Museum in D.C.

Murder Suspect James Dean Brewer Back In Police Custody

A man charged with first-degree murder who allegedly swapped identities with another prisoner and walked out of a Washington courthouse is back in custody.

Advocacy Groups Urge D.C. Council To Restore Funding To Housing Production Trust

Advocacy groups are pushing D.C. officials to restore millions of dollars to help low income tenants purchase their buildings.

New Web Tool Helps Maximize Retirement Benefits

The country's economic problems have forced many people to delay retirement. The AARP now has a tool on its website that helps people decide the best time to retire.

Emergency Drill At Virginia Nuclear Plant

Some officials in Virginia will soon find out how effective their emergency procedures are. An emergency drill will be held this week at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

James Dean Brewer Back In Custody After Escaping

Police say James Dean Brewer, the suspect that escaped from custody Saturday morning, has been recaptured.

New Smartphone App Aims To Hook In Fishermen

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is offering a new smartphone application that will help fishermen identify their catch or locate nearby boat ramps or recreation areas.??

Manassas Brims With Anticipation of Sesquicentennial

In less than a week, Manassas, Va. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas and the start of the Civil War.

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