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Friday, February 25, 2011

Va. Grants $300,000 For Civil War Tree-Planting Project

Virginia is announcing support for an unprecedented tree-planting project to commemorate the lives of soldiers killed during the Civil War.

Gas Prices Rise, And Fluctuate, In Metro Region

Gas prices in the Washington metro area are varying by as much as 50 cents, depending on where you fill up.

Metro Looks To Regulate Student Rail, Bus Usage

Because of the largest increase in crime in five years, Metro wants to curb the problem by restricting students' use of its bus and rail system.

Controversial Gray Administration Employee Fired

The hiring of Sulaimon Brown, a former fringe mayoral candidate and vocal Vince Gray supporter, had been a source of criticism for the mayor. Early Thursday Brown was escorted by police out of his building.

Gay Marriage Bill's Journey Hasn't Ended

The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that would legalize gay marriage by a vote of 25 to 21. The measure now goes before the House of Delegates, which is also expected to pass it, and Gov. Martin O'Malley has indicated that he will sign the measure into law.

'Mom Van' Provides Curbside Care

After months out of commission, the newly repaired D.C. Mobile Maternity Unit is up and running again, promoting prenatal care in communities where infant mortality is the highest.

Realtors Seek Change To Arlington Sign Ordinance

In Virginia, members of the Arlington County Board are beginning to rewrite the rules on what kind of signs will be allowed in the county.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Celebrate 25 years of community, 100 years of Tennessee, and the wonders of technology in the region this weekend.

'Green' Cab Company Set Example In Arlington

Gas prices are edging up as the conflict in Libya escalates, but one Virginia cab company is promoting a new business model.