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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Environmental Group Calls On Maryland To Ban Fracking

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the natural gas-extraction process.

Washington Monument Closes Due To Elevator Malfunction

Visitors hoping to see the view from the top of the Washington Monument were out of luck Thursday.

At D.C. Hearing, Groups Argue Over Proposed Pepco-Exelon Merger

D.C.'s Public Service Commission is trying to determine whether the city's electric utility, Pepco, should be allowed to merge with national energy giant Exelon.

Panel Recommends That Taller Fence Be Erected Around White House

A review of the U.S. Secret Service in the wake of multiple incidents where fence-jumpers made it onto the White House grounds is recommending, among other things, that a taller fence be erected around the executive mansion.

Voting Didn't Do It, So D.C. Settled Two Tied Elections By Drawing Names

What happens when an election in D.C. is tied? The Board of Elections settles it with a game of chance.

Resignation Is Start Of Comeback, Hopes Va. Politician Accused Of Sex With 17-Year-Old

Del. Joe Morrissey says he will resign effective Jan. 13, then run in the special election to fill the vacancy.

Maryland Lawmakers Played Role In Release Of Alan Gross From Cuba

State lawmakers say they had a hand in the release of Maryland resident Alan Gross from Cuba yesterday.

Hogan Plans To Stick To Maryland Tax Cut Promise, Despite Budget Shortfall

The state of Maryland is facing budget shortfalls last year, but Governor-elect Larry Hogan says he is sticking to his campaign promise to cut taxes, but just don't expect specifics yet.

Sexual Assault Numbers Up On D.C. College Campuses

According to the latest federal data, District college campuses have seen a significant uptick in sexual assaults on campus, but that may actually be an encouraging sign of increased awareness.

D.C. Marks Record Year For Bike Lanes As Riders Call For More Protection

The District is marking a record year for bike lane construction — nine miles, bringing to 69 the total mileage of bike lanes across the city.

New Year's Eve Streetcar Ride On H Street? Maybe, But No Promises

The District’s top transportation official says streetcars along H Street and Benning Road Northeast have entered their final testing phase, but it remains to be seen if passenger service can start before Mayor Vincent Gray's term ends.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Farewell Speech, Gray Defends The Style And Substance Of His Tenure

"Stronger today than at any moment in our history": That's how D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray described the end of his four years in office.

D.C. Council Approves Bill Allowing Residents To Carry Concealed Handguns

The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill allowing residents and non-residents alike to apply for concealed carry licenses.

Do Not Drink Advisory Remains In Effect For Part of NW D.C., Closing 3 Schools

DC Water continues to advise residents of a portion of Logan Circle and Shaw to boil their water before consuming it, prompting the closure of a handful of schools.

Fairfax Military Family Gets A Holiday Surprise From Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront helps military families during difficult times, like they did with the Allred family in Fairfax County.

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