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Friday, July 31, 2015

The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better Pools

As society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, is there still a place for a team created for gay and lesbian swimmers?

Cricket Boom Prompts Montgomery County To Build New Fields

As immigrants make their way to the D.C area, they're not just changing the demographics of the local population — they're bringing the sports they hold dear and looking for new places to play.

What Makes Using Synthetic Drugs 'Like Playing Russian Roulette'

Drug researchers at the University of Maryland have been observing the rise of synthetic cannabinoids — designer drugs created overseas that have so far posed unique challenges to drug enforcement.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Midday Mugging Prompts Placement of Mile Markers Along D.C. Bike Trail

The July 13 midday robbery of a woman and other recent incidents exposed a hole in the District’s response system. The signs are intended to help rectify it.

U.Va. Graduates Sue Rolling Stone Over Retracted Rape Story

A lawyer for the men said they suffered "vicious and hurtful attacks" because of the inaccuracies in the November 2014 article.

Is Washington Sinking To A New Low? In Geological Terms, Yes.

Our area will continue to sink as the earth naturally reverses the large-scale effects of ice sheet action to the north thousands of years ago.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Discovery By U.Va. Researchers Could Lead To New Way Of Detecting Cancers

Researchers at the University of Virginia say they've made a discovery that could eventually lead to a new way to detect cancers. The breakthrough announced Wednesday has to do with DNA.

Montgomery County Approves Tax Credits For Low-Income Renters

Some 500 low-income renters in Montgomery County will soon get tax credits averaging $124 per year.

D.C. Lines Up Big Subsidies To Expand Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Fleet

Companies effectively would be "buying a $40,000 vehicle for $12,500," says the head of D.C.'s taxi commission. The goal is to add another 20 or 30 wheelchair-accessible vehicles by the end of the year.

Sea Level Rise Could Mean Big Increase In Annapolis Flood Events, Scientist Says

Instead of say, 50 flood events a year, Annapolis could face hundreds per year, even if sea level increases stay on the lower side of projections, Brenda Ekwurzel says.

Error By D.C. Fire Lieutenant Partly To Blame In Toddler's Death, Report Says

Neglect by fire personnel and a technical glitch were responsible for the botched response to the March 13 incident in Northwest D.C., according to the report by the fire department.

On Loosening Some Alcohol Sales Rules, Montgomery County Makes It Official

The county Council is formally asking the Maryland General Assembly to allow bars and restaurants to "special order" beer and wine from private stores.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.

Another Dispute Threatens Already Delayed Opening Of Silver Spring Transit Center

Yet another dispute between Montgomery County officials and Metro leadership could delay the transfer and ensuing opening of the facility.

Gov. Hogan Loses Hair, Says He's Killing Cancer Cells

"Thanks to my treatments, I'm sporting a new aerodynamic look," the 59-year-old Maryland governor says in a Facebook post that shows his newly bald head.