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Thursday, August 11, 2016

What Is That Black Stuff On The Jefferson Memorial? Park Service Battling Biofilm

Never fear, the National Park Service isn't just letting monuments to the founding fathers get dirty. No, they're grappling with a stubborn microorganism that resists their best efforts so far.

Fire Official: Dozens Hurt In Maryland Apartment Blaze

An explosion in a Silver Spring apartment building late Wednesday night has injured dozens and displaced more than 100.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Down-Ballot Dollars: $50,000 Reported In Super PAC Spending On Ward 8 Race

Newly released campaign finance records show that an out-of-state super PAC supported by organized labor pumped $50,000 into this spring's Democratic primary in Ward 8, backing incumbent LaRuby May. She lost, but experts say it's a sign of more to come.

Extra SafeTrack: More Weekend Metro Closures May Be Coming

More stretches of Metro may close entirely on weekends over the next few months, as the transit agency struggles to make fixes to the deteriorating system as part of its maintenance surges.

Boxing Genes: Capitol Heights Family Fuels Pursuit Of Olympic Gold

Gary Antuanne Russell of Capitol Heights, Maryland, started his fight for Olympic glory on Wednesday night — driven by the lessons taught to him by his father and three older brothers, boxers all.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WikiLeaks Offering $20,000 Reward For Info On Murder Of DNC Staffer

Seth Rich, 27, was shot in the back last month in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington D.C. Now the non-profit open government organization WikiLeaks is asking for help solving the murder.

Are Sales Tax Holidays Worth The Trouble For Maryland And Virginia?

Virginia just wrapped up a weekend of sales tax-free shopping for back-to-school goods, and Maryland's sales tax holiday on clothes kicks off this Sunday. Whether they have an impact on state coffers or your pocket book is debatable.

Here Are Some Unsettling Findings From The Feds' Metro Track Inspection Report

A new report from the Federal Transit Administration says Metro is falling short on inspecting the system's 269.8 miles worth of track, and has ordered that 12 steps be taken to improve track inspections and maintenance.

Monday, August 8, 2016

As Orange Departs, Some Ask: Will The D.C. Council Now Tackle Money In Politics?

What might come from the conversation around Vincent Orange's now-aborted plan to hold a Council seat and the top job at the Chamber Of Commerce at the same time?

At 11 D.C. Schools, Students Head To Class Early Under New Year-Round Schedule

Many students in the region have another few weeks of summer left, but for 11 D.C. Public Schools, it's back to classes Monday as part of an extended school year that officials hope will help students make quicker academic gains.

Friday, August 5, 2016

With 'Project Sleep Out,' Kids Sleep Outside To Better Understand Homelessness

Friday in Maryland, a mass sleepover in a public park gives kids a sense of what it’s like to be homeless.

How Is Metro's Ridership Related to The Purple Line's Environmental Impact?

A judge put an unexpected new roadblock in the way of Maryland's Purple Line this week, pegging the project to the flagged ridership of Metro.

Facing Criticism Over Second Job, D.C. Legislator Vincent Orange Resigns Seat

Vincent Orange on Friday resigned his seat on the D.C. Council, a move made after he was criticized for taking a second job with the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, which represents 1,400 businesses in the city.

Fairfax City Mayor Faces Drug Charges After Meth-For-Sex Sting

Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne, who also works as a substitute teacher, is being charged with felony distribution.

D.C. Streetcar Quietly Exceeds Low Expectations Six Months In

The bar was set low for the D.C. Streetcar, but so far it's performed as it's needed to. Questions linger, though: Will DDOT expand service? And will it remain free for good?