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Friday, January 20, 2012

Race For Ward 5 Council Seat Officially Begins

The race for the D.C. Council seat of former Council member Harry Thomas Jr. began Friday, as potential candidates can pick up petitions and begin collecting signatures to get on the May ballot.

Committee Picks Bus Over Light Rail For CCT

Montgomery County appears poised to move forward with a rapid bus line between Shady Grove and Clarksburg, Md. The plan would replace an original proposal to build a light rail line along the line, called the Corridor Cities Transitway.

Eagle Advocates Warn About Lead Poisoning

While increased protections have helped bald eagle populations in the D.C. area bounce back, birds are still at risk thanks to lead shot being used by hunters.

Virginia Lawmakers Toughen Penalties For Violent Offenders

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is pushing for tougher penalties, and more enforcement tools, to curtail the activities of violent offenders in the state.

Scientists Say Amphibian Die-Offs Hit Area Years Ago

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A fungal plague causing havoc on amphibians across the globe may have already hit Virginia decades ago, according to a study by local scientists.

Door To Door: Hillbrook, D.C. And Elkridge, Md.

This week, we visit Hillbrook in Northeast D.C., and Elkridge in Howard County, Md.

From A to B: Can Bikeshare Work In The 'Burbs?

The suburban community of Columbia, Md. is weighing whether a bike sharing program will work in the heart of suburbia.

Frederick County Fights Over The "S" Word

Frederick County, Md. is weighing the rights of property owners versus the concerns of environmentalists as it ponders how to grow in the future.

Commuters Trade Time In Transit For A Taste Of Rural Life

The eastern panhandle of the Mountain State remains a popular place to live for many people who work in or near D.C., even as housing prices have dropped closer to the city.

Greenbelt Ponders A Suburban Experiment, 75 Years On

Greenbelt, Md. was one of America's very first suburbs. Designed and built as part of Roosevelt's New Deal, the town provided small but sturdy homes to middle-income families, and now today, the homes haven't changed too much.

D.C. Gigs: Helping Those On The Fringe In A Wealthy Suburb

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we visit a homeless shelter in one of the richest locales in the country.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

File-Sharing Website Megaupload.com Shut Down

The FBI and Justice Department are going after file-sharing site Megaupload.com and its employees, after a Virginia grand jury indicted them on several counts.

Maryland Legislators Call For Citizens United Reversal

Some legislators in Maryland are calling for Congress to pass a law overturning the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United, saying unlimited corporate money is warping the nature of politics.

Prince George's County Emergency Website Upgraded

Residents of Prince George's County can now register on a website to receive alerts via email, text and pagers in the event of emergencies or severe weather.

Metro Workers Charged In Coin-Stealing Scheme

Two Metro workers have been charged for systematically stealing tens of thousands of dollars from malfunctioning fare machines over the last several years.