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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Virginia Motorists To Be Required To Get The Same Emissions Test As NoVa

Motorists in most of Virginia will soon be required to get the same vehicle emissions testing now required in Northern Virginia.

Volunteers With Surfrider Foundation Transform Land Into Rain Garden

As residents wait for new projects to be built in the neighborhood near National's Park, some environmental activists are teaming up with a local developer to transform a construction site into a runoff-reducing rain garden.

After Taser Robbery, Germantown Residents Question Safety

Germantown residents are now questioning the safety of a particular bank location as authorities continue search for the thief who used Taser to rob an ATM customer there.

Hate Crimes Against Whites And Latinos Rise In D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says hate crimes targeting whites and Latinos are on the rise. This statistic comes from a report showing that hate crimes in general increased by almost 70 percent last year.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

D.C. Council Targets Pepco's Reliability

With weather-related power outages this year dragging on sometimes for days, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to make the energy companies, including Pepco, more accountable.

Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to call a special legislative session the week of October 17, according to the Associated Press. But some of the policy issues the General Assembly will consider this fall are still to be determined.

P.G. County Council Cuts Off Leslie Johnson

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson says she'll resign her position at the end of this month, but that isn't enough for her fellow council members. The council is calling on Johnson to step down immediately.

‘Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steely art, almost normal theater and another slice of Greek cinema.

Washington Blade Archiving Decades Of Gay Rights History In Photos

The Washington Blade has been documenting the gay community in the D.C. area for 42 years. It's one of the nation's oldest gay newspapers, and now it's trying to preserve thousands of historic photographs.

Alexandra Russell: Learning Humility, Compassion In Karate Class

Alexandra Russell is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. that took a martial arts class to spend time with her son, and ended up learning something about herself.

Race-based hate crimes up nearly 40 percent in D.C.

D.C. Police say the total number of hate-crimes increased by nearly 70 percent last year.

Police Search For Taser-Wielding Robber

Police are searching for a suspect who used a Taser to rob a man at an outdoor ATM machine in Montgomery County.

Gray Reverses Course On Dulles Metro Station

A key supporter of an underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport has reversed course.

Charges filed against Sky Express Bus Driver

A grand jury handed down four felony charges against the driver of a bus that crashed in Virginia in May, killing four passengers and injuring dozens more.

Police Close Baltimore Washington Parkway To Search For Armed Man

Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County police are searching for an armed man along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, but they say no one was injured.

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