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Monday, June 27, 2011

Long-Awaited Metro Audit Will Be Released By GAO Thursday

UPDATE: A long-anticipated federal audit of Metro will be released to the public Thursday, according to a spokesman at the Government Accountability Office.

Va. Governor To Host Chesapeake Bay Restoration Meeting

The Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting, which will be hosted by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, is set for July 11 in Richmond.

Nationals To Play First Game With New Manager

The Washington Nationals will take the field in California Monday against the Angels with new manager Davey Johnson leading the team for the first time.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Talks Deficit Reduction, Bachman Launches Presidential Campaign, Senate Discusses Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives an analysis of this week's top news on Capitol Hill, including more negotiations over the deficit reduction, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman's official presidential campaign launch, and decisions regarding U.S. involvement with Libya.

TSA Considers Enabling Faster Security Screening At Airports

Long delays and security lines at airports are all too common and expected, but a new program on the table at the Transportation Security Administration could mitigate that.

National HIV Testing Day In D.C.

Today is national HIV testing day, and activists in the District are hoping to bring in hundreds to get tested, and then keep the momentum going.

E. Coli Cases In Va. Prompt Talks Of Possible Outbreak

Local health officials say a a young Virginia girl who died from an E. coli infection is among 18 people in Virginia and Tennessee who have been infected with the bacteria over the past six weeks.

Local Lawmakers See Little Wiggle Room In Debt Ceiling Debate

This week President Obama is attempting to revive negotiations to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and local lawmakers are acknowledging the tough road ahead for negotiators.

After Journalists' Arrests At Taxicab Commission, Council Eyes Overhaul

D.C.'s Attorney General is investigating why two reporters were arrested at a taxicab commission hearing last week, and now one council member wants to think about change.

Arrest Made In Caribbean Day Festival Shooting

Police are investigating a shooting near Saturday's Caribbean Festival in Columbia Heights that left one person dead, and three others injured. Terry Jiminez, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder.

New requirement alters the nature of environmental education in Maryland

Students are studying the life cycle of salamanders at the Audubon Society's Camp Woodend in Maryland.

Zookeepers Anxiously Await Possible Panda Birth

It's that time of year at the National Zoo -- all eyes are on Mei Xiang the Panda to see if she's going to give birth – or if she's even pregnant.

Bethesda Home is Area's First Passive House

You may not think of your house as being active. But architect David Peabody says it probably is.

Tangier Islanders Retain Unique Dialect

Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay is only a 90-minute ferry ride from the mainland of Virginia and Maryland, but the dialect of English spoken there transports tourists to a place that feels much more remote.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Language

Before cable TV, the arbiters of language -- radio or TV newsmen such as Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Chet Huntley -- were the voices we heard when English was perfect, often because it was scripted. But rarely, even if it wasn't scripted, did we hear the mis-usages and the solecisms which are so common place today.

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