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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Tale of Two Counties: Loudoun Versus Prince William

New numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show income growth in two Northern Virginia counties are on very different economic paths, despite relatively close proximity.

How Would A Merger With Exelon Affect Pepco's Reliability?

Pepco has been making strides to improve reliability in D.C. since it's low point in the wake of the derecho storm in 2012. But with a merger with energy giant Exelon in the pipeline, some wonder whether that improvement is at-risk.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Developer Won't Be Allowed To Shut Down Portion Of I-395 In D.C., At Least Not Yet

A developer was hoping to close a busy stretch of I-395 in Washington for more than a year to expedite a construction projection, but it appears that plan may be shelved, but not for the reasons you might think.

Six Dead After Gaithersburg Plane Crash

A small plane came down in a residential neighborhood close to the Montgomery County Airpark this morning, killing three people onboard and three inside a home.

Frustrations Mount With New Doubts About 2014 Streetcar Launch

Businesses and residents along H Street are impatient to see the long-awaited streetcar begin operations, with parking spots disappearing in favor of streetcars that continue safety runs without passengers.

UVA Students Reflect On 'Rolling Stone' Retraction

After Rolling Stone Magazine identified "discrepancies" in a story published last month detailing a sexual assault at the University of Virginia, some students say the magazine is the real abuser.

Connolly Looks To Simplify, Overhaul Government IT Process

The IT acquisition process for the federal government involves hundreds of executives, something Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly wants to see simplified.

Ocean City Prepares For Redevelopment of Seascape Hotel

The Seascape Hotel has been an Ocean City destination for more than half a century, but the days of the family-run hotel near the beach are numbered.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

To Track Down Warrants, Maryland Lawmakers Want To Target Tax Returns

Montgomery County authorities are pushing for an expansion of the "warrant intercept program," which targets the tax returns of those with outstanding warrants.

Fairfax County Leaders Outline Plan To Address On-Campus Sexual Assaults

Leaders in Fairfax County are concerned about the threat of sexual violence on college campuses, and are hoping to do something about it.

Repairs To Wallops Island Launchpad Will Take A Year, $20M

The explosion of an unmanned Antares rocket headed for the International Space Station late last month comes with quite the repair bill.

Landmark D.C. Exhibit Explores Images Of Mary As Woman, Mother

Artistic portrayals of the biblical Mary focus not just on the woman as a religious figure, but a symbol for the trials of young motherhood. That's the theme of a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Marion Barry Remembered At Service Attended By Thousands

Thousands turned out on Saturday to say goodbye to Marion Barry — D.C.'s so-called 'Mayor For Life' — including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Louis Farrakhan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Maryland Gov.-Elect Pledges To Reduce Heroin-Related Crime

Larry Hogan says his lieutenant governor will oversee his administration's effort to reduce heroin-related crime across the state.

Digital Tool RideDC Aims To Help D.C. Residents Get Around

Transportation apps have exploded in popularity in D.C., where so many new residents don't own cars and look for alternatives to get around. Now, the District is offering some high-tech help for businesses and individuals.

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