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Thursday, July 14, 2011

BWI Airport Sets Passenger Records For May

Maryland's largest airport has set passenger records again. More than 2 million people passed through the airport in May.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin Is Trying To Preserve Jobs And Benefits

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is trying to convince his colleagues to preserve jobs and benefits for federal workers.

D.C. Succeeds In Getting Contractors To Hire District Residents

Lawmakers in D.C. say a pilot program that offers contractors more money if they hire city residents is already paying off.

D.C. Cop Charged in Sexual Assaults

A D.C. police officer has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused three women while on duty.

Expect Weekend Metro Delays For The Next 12 Months

Metro has released a schedule for its track maintenance projects over the next 12 months which calls for widespread delays and closures.

UMD Fills Head Coach Positions For Football And Basketball Programs

The University of Maryland has new coaches for its football and basketball programs, and both are getting substantial raises to become Terrapins.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Andy Warhol’s POP, “Amazians” in hip-hop and the evolution of the woodcut.

Woman And Toddler Jump Out of Car To Escape Carjacker

A woman jumped out of her car with her toddler onto the Beltway to escape a carjacker.

Roger Clemens Trial: Judge Declares Mistrial

The judge presiding over Roger Clemens' perjury trial has declared a mistrial this morning due to evidence he believed would prejudice the jury against the former baseball star.

Fenty Takes Job At D.C. Law Firm

Former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty is joining a D.C. law firm, NBC Washington reports. He will become special counsel at Klores Perry Mitchell, P.C., according to the firm.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tommy Wells Loses Powerful Transportation Committee Post

It's been a rocky year so far at the D.C. Council with several scandals and investigations. As the council prepares to break for the summer, there's been one final twist: an unprecedented reshuffling of committee assignments.

Va. Governor McDonnell's PAC Raises $1.5 Million

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's political action committee raised $1.5 million in the past three months, and records show nearly all the funds came from large individual donations.

Fairfax Board Chair: LaHood Plan For Dulles Metrorail Looks Promising

Fairfax County's board of supervisors is still considering a proposal that would end the deadlock over the proposed Metrorail station at Dulles Airport, but Board Chair Sharon Bulova appears optimistic about the latest plan.

Congresswomen Write Obama On Entitlement Programs

The D.C. region's Democratic congresswomen say changing entitlement programs would hit women harder than men.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

African and Native American lives, visions of faith, and Mexico via Nat Geo.