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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

D.C. Breaks Ground On $2.6 Billion Sewage Tunnel

The sewage system in D.C. is undergoing a $2.6 billion upgrade, the largest construction project in the District since the Metro.

Virginia Tourism Revenue Up 6.7 Percent

Despite continuing economic woes, tourism in the state of Virginia was actually up almost seven percent in 2010, creating jobs and bolstering badly-needed tax revenue.

Federal Food Drive Collects 5.7 Million Pound of Food


The Federal Food Drive concluded on Wednesday, with federal employees donating more than three times as much food as in 2010, their biggest success ever.

National Journal: Future For Jobs Bill, Occupy DC Getting Political

National Journal's Daniel Friedman talks about the happenings on Capitol Hill, including the demise and future prospects of President Obama's Jobs Bill and the goings-on of the deficit super committee.

Some Montgomery Co. Dems Pan Maryland Redistricting Plan

Although Democrats state wide stand to benefit from Maryland's proposed redistricting plan, Democrats in Montgomery County aren't so sure they support the new map.

Loudoun Schools Hit Obstacles To Buying Local Produce

For Loudoun County schools seeking to serve local food, buying produce from Loudoun County's own farms proves difficult. The reason? Mainly the price.

Loudoun Schools Struggle To Buy Local Loudoun Produce

Hydroponic farm

For Loudoun County schools seeking to serve local food, buying produce from Loudoun County's own farms proves difficult. The reason? Mainly the price.

Frank Kameny, Lifelong Gay Rights Activist, Dies At 86

Kameny, a lifelong gay rights activist that brought forth the first civil rights case based on sexual orientation, died Tuesday at his D.C. home.

Cantor: Occupy Wall Street 'More Divisive' Than Tea Party

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) softened his language slightly on the Occupy Wall Street protests this week, although he did still say the protests are "more divisive" than last year's tea party protests. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bikeshare Approved By Alexandria City Council

capital bikeshare

The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a pilot version of the Capital Bikeshare program that has enjoyed more than one year of success in Arlington and D.C.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Hill: Senate Passes Bill On China's Currency

The Senate passes a bill that would hold China accountable for de-valued currency, but it's future on the House floor is unclear. 

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 12

all the presidents men

More quakes, they’re Bach, labors of love and fall fashion.

Proposed Database Could Lower Virginia Healthcare Costs

A database containing healthcare information could significantly lower costs for Virginia residents, according to a state subcommittee.

Latinos Decry 'Secure Communities' In D.C.

Advocates hold banner on steps of city hall

Latinos are voicing their opposition to the implementation of "secure communities" policies in D.C., which discourage victims of violence from reporting crimes for fear of deportation.

Funding Scarce For Minority Arts Groups

Arts funding is not created equal, according to an arts funding watchdog that is criticizing the diminishing quantity of funds going to groups that serve racially diverse communities.