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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PEPCO's Profits Targeted in Montgomery Co. Report

Electric utility PEPCO is coming under fire again in Maryland, this time in a report prepared by Montgomery County.

Wanted In D.C.: A New Taxicab Commissioner

Leon Swain, the taxicab commissioner under former Mayor Adrian Fenty, was told by the Mayor Vincent Gray's office he would not be reappointed to the job.

Virginia Redistricting: Time Is Running Out To Keep Scheduled Primaries

State lawmakers in Virginia will continue negotiations today in an effort to agree on a redistricting map acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans. But time may be running out to hold election primaries as scheduled.

Humor Marks Funeral For Former Maryland Governor

Hundreds packed a church in Baltimore, Md., for the funeral for former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Young Adults Head To Capitol Hill To Ask: 'Where Are The Jobs?'

As Congress negotiates impending budget cuts including a possible reduction of federal grants to college students, unemployment among those under 30 is higher than the national average. A group of young adults who call themselves the "Briefcase Brigade" is heading to Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge lawmakers to support educational funding and to deliver on promises of jobs.

Restaurants Raise Money For Employees Out Of Work From Georgetown Flood

Several D.C. area restaurants have stepped up to "adopt" some of their fellow eateries in the wake of the Georgetown floods last week.

Starting tonight at The Front Page in Arlington, they're raising money for employees from the restaurants at Washington Harbour in Georgetown, who are expected to be out of work for the next several weeks as crews finish cleaning up flood damage.

H. Y. Griffin: Crossing The Finish Line

H. Y. Griffin, a Washington resident who works as a community organizer through AmeriCorps, achieved a big dream with a little celebrity inspiration a lot of community support.

9/11 Pentagon Stone Presented To FBI

Military officials are remembering September 11, 2001 today as they show their appreciation to some of those who responded to the attacks.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The Sweater Set, a festival of art from the fringe, and Farragut North-the play, not the Metro station.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DDOT to spray ginkgo trees to stem smell

D.C. officials are starting to spray ginkgo trees around the city to stave off the unpleasant odor of its fruits.

Baltimore Transgender Beating May Yield Hate Crime Charges

Maryland prosecutors may file hate crime charges in connection with the beating of a transgender woman at a Baltimore area McDonald's. The two alleged assailants have been arrested and the victim is now recovering.

Montgomery Co. Names New Schools Superintendent

In Montgomery County, school officials have chosen a new superintendent to lead the county's public school system. Dr. Joshua P. Starr comes to Maryland from the public school system in Stamford, Conn.

Cuccinelli Preps For Appeals Court In Health-Care Case

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's call for a fast track appeals process for his case against the Obama Administration's health-care reform law, his office is focusing on next month's arguments before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nine Candidates Running In Today's Special Election For D.C. Council

Voters in the District head to the polls Tuesday to select an at-large member for the D.C. Council.

It's a crowded race that political observers say is still wide open. Nine candidates are on the ballot to fill Council Chairman Kwame Brown's old seat.

D.C. Council Struggling To Subpoena Sulaimon Brown

The allegations made by Sulaimon Brown, the former D.C. mayoral candidate who claims he was paid and promised a job by the campaign of Mayor Vince Gray, have prompted several outside probes.

The D.C. Council also wants to hear Brown's side of the story. There's just one problem: they haven't been able to track him down.

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