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Monday, August 15, 2011

Flooding Suspends Metro Service On Blue And Orange Lines

Overnight flooding in the Potomac Yards area of Alexandria has temporarily shut down Metro service on the Blue and Orange Lines. As of early this morning, trains between Reagan National and Braddock Road are completely out of operation.

Fairfax Tax Exemptions Questioned

In Virginia, officials in Fairfax County have launched an investigation to find out why some properties in Mount Vernon are not assessed property taxes. The effort stems from an expansion of Mount Vernon Inova Hospital.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: English

One of the first things my grandparents did when they arrived in the United States toward the end of the 19th century, was to enroll in an Americanization school, where they were taught American history and especially, to read and write in English.

Youth Voices: Lewis Reining

Countless wistful students have sat bored in class, wishing they had a machine to transport them beyond the schoolyard gates. Commentator Lewis Reining got to build one, and says what he learned during the process rivaled some of the science and math lessons he sat through in high school.

Homeless Children In Loudoun Get Care From Mobile Clinic

A community health program in Loudoun County is expanding its focus to the hundreds of homeless children living there.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

D.C. Asking Residents Wanted For Nonviolent Felonies To Voluntarily Surrender

Officials in District are encouraging residents wanted for nonviolent felonies to voluntarily surrender this weekend.

Man Convicted Of Killing Elderly Williamsburg Woman Faces Death Penalty

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) says he won't stop next week's execution of a man convicted of assaulting and killing an elderly Williamsburg woman.

Participants Showed Support For Women's Rights In D.C.'s Inaugural Slutwalk

Women from across the region joined together in what’s termed a Slutwalk in order to raise awareness about women’s rights.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wildfire In Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp May Be Largest In History

A wildfire in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge has burned nearly 5,600 acres and firefighters are working to strengthen fire lines to contain it.

Former Del. Phil Hamilton Sentenced to 9.5 Years In Federal Prison

Former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton has been sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for his role in securing a job at Old Dominion University.

Fairfax County Police Creates Task Force For 'Butt Slasher'

Fairfax County Police have stepped up their efforts to find the so-called "butt slasher." The department has set up a special task force to track the culprit down.

Friday, August 12, 2011

D.C. Pushes Back Online Gaming Meetings

D.C. continues to tap the breaks on online gambling. City lawmakers now say they will delay community meetings aimed at alleviating concerns about the new law.

Maryland's Highway Administration Wants Small Farm Stand Out

A Maryland farmer is trying to save his small farm after being stuck in a Catch 22 with state highway officials. The dispute comes at a time when the state is promoting local farms.

Chris Van Hollen Named To Special Committee, Likely No Benefits To D.C. Metro Region

A Maryland lawmaker has been named to a special committee in charge of finding ways to reduce the deficit, but his position may not help the region at all.

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