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Monday, September 26, 2011

Climbers Rappel Washington Monument To Assess Damage

workers rappel washington monument

It's not Mission Impossible -- it's the National Park Service. Workers rappel down all four sides of the Washington Monument Tuesday to assess damage from the August 23 earthquake.

Pentagon Shooting Suspect Attempts Escape From Jail

An escape plan by Yonathan Melaku, the man suspected of shooting at the Pentagon and other military facilities around the D.C. area, was uncovered by prison officials Friday.

Leaders Discuss Metrorail Extension In Prince William Co.

Residents and elected leaders consider whether extending Metrorail to Woodbridge would ease traffic congestion in the area.

Video: Footage From Washington Monument During August Earthquake

washington monument earthquake footage

The National Parl Service has released security camera footage from the Washington Monument, showing what it was like for tourists up there during the August earthquake.

Two Injured In UMD Chemical Explosion

hazmat team, umd explosion

Two University of Maryland students were injured Monday in what is being described as a minor chemical explosion in a campus chemistry lab.

Jury Selection Under Way In Currie Trial


Courts in Prince George's County have started jury selection for the trial of state senator Ulysses Currie, who stands accused of using his influence to benefit a company for which he was a consultant.

Md. Coach Charged For Child Pornography

A former high school coach in Anne Arundel County, Maryland was arrested on Sunday on child pornography charges.

Va. Provides Credits To Work From Home

home office

Tired of your commute? Virginia is offering tax credits to businesses who allow their employees to work from home.

Roll Call's Paul Singer On Government Shutdown And Obama's Jobs Act

Roll Call associate editor Paul Singer gives an analysis of the looming government shutdown and the latest on Obama's American Job Act.

Religious Leaders End East Coast Tour

A group of interfaith religious leaders completed a two-week tour across the east coast to bring together different faiths and to combat stereotyping.

Two Men Sickened By Wild Mushrooms

'destroying angel' mushrooms

Doctors at Georgetown University Hospital are urging people not to be tempted to eat the mushrooms blooming everywhere after the recent rains, after two men were admitted for mushroom poisoning.

Alexandria Worries About Mark Center Response Times

A red light bulb marks a vintage piece of equipment in Alexandria fire station.

Rush hour traffic isn't the only thing Alexandrians are worried about when it comes to BRAC; firefighters are also worried about their response times in the area.

Washington Monument Opening Date Still Unclear

Large crack in Washington Monument

National Park Service officials are expected to  give a progress update on the Washington Monument later today. The park service discovered several cracks in the monument after the earthquake that hit in Virginia last month.

O'Malley Seeks End To Battle Over FEMA Funding

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is calling for an end to ongoing bickering in Congress over where disaster relief funding for cleanup from Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding should come from.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gray Withdraws Mallett Nomination

Mayor Vincent Gray withdrew his nomination of Robert Mallett to be chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics because he fails to meet a three-year residency requirement.