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Friday, May 13, 2011

Rockville Neighbors Lament Loss Of Trees

Update: An earlier version of this story stated Columbia Gas Transmission did not respond to a request for comment. In fact, the company returned the call later in the day.

A shaded neighborhood in Rockville, Md., is getting a lot less leafy, as a gas company chops down dozens of trees above a gas line that runs under residents' properties.

Former Gray Campaign Chair Testifies In Final Hiring Hearing

In the District, the former chair of the Vincent Gray mayoral campaign says she never paid former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown any cash or played a role in his hiring with new administration.

Metro Partners With Google To Share Transit Info

Google has announced a new partnership with Metro to add the transit agency's rail and bus schedules to Google Maps.

DCPS Special Education Chief Steps Down

Richard Nyankori, who oversees special education for D.C. Public Schools, is stepping down.

Possble Gas Gouging Being Investigated By Attorneys General In Md., D.C.

Not only is Washington D.C.'s attorney general investigating the sudden uptick in gas prices across the region, but Maryland's attorney general is looking for answers too.

Bay Bridge Tolls And Others In Md. Could Rise For First Time In Decades

The Maryland Transportation Authority is developing a plan that would raise tolls dramatically. The proposed tolls are part of a four-year package of $210 million in increases.

African Immigrant Turned U.S. Marine Screens War Documentary Sunday

The G.I. Film Festival showing this week in Washington, D.C. features documentaries and films by and for those that serve in the U.S. military -- including the incredible story of a West African immigrant turned U.S. Marine.

Airports Board Concerned Over Proposal To Give State Leaders More Power

In Virginia, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board isn't thrilled with a proposal from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) that would allow state leaders to more easily remove sitting board members.

Montgomery Co. Officer Turns Tragedy To Teen Driver Awarneness

The car crash last week in Germantown, Md., which took the life of a Northwest high school graduate has refocused attention on the potential dangers faced by young drivers. With the start of prom season, one Montgomery County officer is transforming a personal tragedy into a message of safety behind the wheel.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A progressive dance project, Bethesda has a festival of fine art, and the Moscows of Nantucket spend some time in the DMV.

D.C.'s Budget Autonomy On The Table, Thanks To House Republican

Political observers expecting fireworks on Capitol Hill between D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the Republican members of Congress who oversee the District may have been a little shocked to see much glad-handing between the two sides at a hearing Thursday.

Alexandria Waterfront Plan Would End Hotel Ban, Increase Density

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council are on the verge of dramatically reshaping the waterfront for the next 20 years in a vote scheduled for Saturday.

D.C.'s Accessible Cab Drivers Matter As Much As Cabs Themselves

People in D.C. living with disabilities are celebrating the arrival of new wheelchair-accessible taxis -- the specially trained taxi drivers that come with them may be more important.

Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups

Several companies in Virginia are lobbying state lawmakers to lift a statewide ban on uranium mining to allow access to a large deposit in Pittsylvania County.

Spending Cuts To Affect Community Action Committees' Ability To Help Poor

As the White House and Congress talk about cutting federal spending, groups in Virginia that work with the poor say those cuts will mean big problems for their clients.

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