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Friday, August 29, 2014

Once A Vandal's Paradise, McKinley Tech Celebrates 10 Years Since Reopening

In 1997, McKinley Technical High School was closed and essentially abandoned. On Monday, it celebrates the tenth anniversary of its reopening.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Repaving On Connecticut Avenue In Montgomery County Snarls Traffic

Work repaving parts of Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery County is expected to slow traffic in the area through Friday.

H Street Drivers Still Getting Accustomed To Streetcar

Streetcars are still a new sight on H Street Northeast, which partially explains why operators have had to stop repeatedly for cars parked across the travel lane.

Former Head Of INS Weighs In On White House Immigration Policy

Doris Meissner was the head of Immigration and Naturalization Services under President Bill Clinton, and she speaks with Armando Trull about the constraints on the current president as he seeks to handle the immigration crisis.

With National Book Festival, Politics & Prose Lands Biggest Stage Yet

Local bookstore Politics & Prose will be the official bookseller at this weekend's National Book Festival — the first time in the festival's history that an independent bookstore has landed the contract.

Jury Instruction The Last Point Of Contention In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Closing arguments in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are expected Thursday, and lawyers will square off on how the jury is to be instructed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

18-Year-Old Drowns After Getting Caught In Rip Current

First responders rescued the man identified as Jose Maudiel Hernandez of Manassas, Virginia, who later died at a nearby hospital.

Region Sees Influx Of Undocumented Immigrant Children

As of last month, nearly 6,000 undocumented Central American children had been released into the custody of relatives in Virginia, Maryland and the District. Of those, 70 percent have come to the area.

Andy Harris Claims Maryland Inspector General Investigating Health Exchange

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is rebuffing claims by Republican Congressman Andy Harris that the office of the inspector general is developing a "full-blown investigation" into the failure of the state's health exchange website.

Dominion Weighs Solar Plant In Virginia

Dominion is considering building a 220 megawatt solar power facility in Virginia, but a spokesperson with the utility says not to expect big progress on solar and wind in their energy mix.

Baltimore Casino Opens With Pomp, Champagne, Celebrities

The Horseshoe Casino became Maryland's third casino along the I-95 corridor, opening with a flashy ceremony on Tuesday night, including lots of champagne, celebrities, and of coures — gambling.

MPD Investigating Three Sexual Assaults In Mt. Pleasant As Related

Police have released the description of a man they believe is involved with three sexual assaults in Mount Pleasant in five days.

McDonnell's Time On The Stand Ends With A Bang In Corruption Trial

U.S. Attorney Michael Dry wrapped his cross-examination of the former governor, borrowing a quote from McDonnell's own inauguration speech.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UberX Slashes Prices, Dealing Blow To D.C. Cabs

Uber has cut rates again for its popular, so-called ridesharing service UberX. It's another jab at D.C. taxicabs that are struggling to compete.

Like Catania, Bowser Says No To School Boundary Changes

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania may argue over plenty of things, but there is one thing they see eye to eye on: changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundaries and feeder patterns have to be put on hold.

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