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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Week On Metro Connection: Survival

From Trappist monks to drive-in movie owners to young Washingtonians with HIV, we'll meet people fighting to survive and thrive.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Small Business Loan Process Can Be A Bear, Even For Successful Startups

Small businesses seek out help from experts as they seek access to capital. 

MPD Uses Possession Of Condoms As Evidence Of Prostitution

A human rights watchdog group is taking the D.C. police department to task for using possession of multiple condoms as evidence of prostitution. 

O'Malley Meets With Baltimore Lawmakers On Gambling

Proponents of a casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County — including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley — are trying to convince lawmakers from other parts of the state that it won't negatively affect other casinos.

After Bus Fire, RideOn Buses Running On Holiday Schedule

RideOn buses in Montgomery County are running more slowly this week after a bus fire Wednesday forced the removal of 26 of those buses from service.

Virginia Democrats Boycott Meeting With McDonnell

A routine meeting of the Virginia congressional delegation devolved into a partisan spat between Democrats and Gov. Bob McDonnell this week. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Metro Identifies Glitch That Led To Systemwide Shutdown

Officials with Metro say they have finally identified the cause of the systemwide shutdown of the Metro system last weekend — a fault computer module was what brought the system to a halt.

Local Businesses Boxed Out Of Prime Real Estate

Local businesses in D.C. face many challenges, but one of the biggest is finding and securing prime downtown real estate — which many landlords effectively hold off-limits to all but large national chains.

Gray Supporters Rally, Call For Fairness

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has come under fire in recent weeks for the shadow campaign conducted on his behalf in 2010,  but supporters turned out on Wednesday to protest the heightened level of scrutiny.

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Cycle? D.C. Junks Abandoned Bikes

Under current District Department of Transportation policies, abandoned bicycles are brought straight to a landfill, instead of being recycled, as some cycling aficionados would prefer.

RG3 Officially A Washington Redskin

Robert Griffin III, the former Heisman winner out of Baylor and the Redskins' first draft pick, has signed a contract with Washington, officially making him part of the team.

Virginia Struggles To Improve Services For Disabled Students

Virginia is trying to improve educational resources for disabled students, but officials are concerned that cuts to federal funding could stymie those efforts.

Montgomery County Officials Move To Ban Potentially Hazardous Pavement Sealant

A bill that seeks to ban the use or sale of a potentially hazardous pavement sealant, is moving forward in the Montgomery County Council.

Farmers Battle Worst U.S. Drought In 50 Years

Scenes from two farms in Poolesville, Md., where the worst drought this country has seen in 50 years is likely to have a devastating effect on farmers' bottom lines this year.

Analysis: GSA Cancels GovEnergy Conference, Faces Bonus Cuts and Hiring Freezes

The GSA has cancelled this year's Annual Government Energy Conference as a result of new tougher policies for conference spending. Charles Clark of Government Executive explains what this means for government employees.