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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Actors Put Bartenders To The Test

A new research involving actors begins this week to find out how well Montgomery County bartenders handle service to intoxicated customers.

Va. Wildfire Continues Burning Despite Rain

A 2-month-old wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia continues burning, despite the heavy rains that recently hit the area.

NFL Impersonator Faces First-Degree Fraud Charges

A Fort Washington man accused of impersonating an NFL quarterback remains in custody with Prince George's County police.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Funding Pulled From Bay Restoration Project In WV

A $3 million federal grant was withdrawn from a Chesapeake Bay restoration project in West Virginia, which state officials say would have sharply reduced pollution flowing into the Bay.

NPS Commemorates Fort Marcy

The National Park Service commemorated Fort Marcy, a key point in defending the nation's capital against Confederate forces.

D.C.'s Aims For Sustainability With Start In September

D.C. officials are kicking off a new planning effort to make the District the most sustainable city in the nation, and they're asking residents for help.

Va. Seeks Waiver From No Child Left Behind

Virginia education officials are planning to seek a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires that students show proficiency in reading and math by 2014.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Sees Fixes

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After reports of mismanagement marred assessments last year, the Army's Inspector General reports that operations at Arlington National Cemetery have improved considerably.

Public Input Needed For D.C. Sustainability

D.C. is launching a new sustainability initiative to make the city a greener, healthier place, and they're asking for input from residents.

WaPo McCartney: Davis Takes Over Leslie Johnson's Seat In PG County, Discord Erupts During D.C. Council Meeting

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top stories, including a profanity-filled D.C. Council meeting that ended with a closed-door session, and the new council member elected to take over Leslie Johnson's seat in Prince George's County.

District Man Avoids Deportation

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A young man escapes imminent deportation, but activists charge that other non-violent undocumented workers are still treated no better than those with established criminal records.

CQ Roll Call: Fiscal Budget Needed To Avert Shutdown, Lamar Alexander To Step Down

The federal government's fiscal year comes to a close next week, and so far there's no budget for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The House passed a stopgap measure to provide federal disaster aid and to keep the government running for seven weeks.

Metro Adds Online Payment For SmarTrip


At long last, commuters can add money to their SmarTrip cards online thanks to a new feature from Metro.

Suspicious Package Reported At Wilson HS

Students and staff evacuated Wilson High School Friday morning, as a suspicious package was reported to be on school grounds. Fortunately the scare proved unfounded.

Fairfax County Looking For Revitalization

Fairfax County officials are pushing for a series of underground stations to transform the region from a sleepy suburban enclave into a thriving urban core.