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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter To Preserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit

The space suit that shielded the first human on the surface of the moon is in need of restoration and preservation, so Smithsonian is turning to potential visitors to bankroll what will be the centerpiece of a future exhibit.

Confederate Memorial In Rockville Will Be Moved — But Where?

Residents spilled out of a Rockville City Council meeting Monday to show their support for the removal of a memorial to Montgomery County's Confederate soldiers.

Garrison Keillor Says He's Sure: He's Retiring From 'Prairie Home'

He's said it before, but this time, we are told, it is serious. The creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show is retiring.

Monday, July 20, 2015

MARC Train Collides With Maintenance Vehicle In Silver Spring

No injuries have been reported from the Monday afternoon crash that involved a commuter train and a maintenance vehicle.

To Better Coordinate Responses, Metro Appoints New Safety Liaison

Metro has appointed a new full-time fire/rescue liaison who will work to better coordinate responses to emergencies like the January incident in which a woman was killed after her railcar filled with smoke.

New Efficiency Targets In Maryland Energize Environmental Advocates

The Maryland Public Service Commission will requite electric utilities to find a way to be 2 percent more energy efficient each year, something advocates say is a great idea.

Should Anything Be Done With The Confederate Monument In Rockville?

Local governments around the country are turning renewed scrutiny onto symbols of the Confederacy, including a monument to "the thin gray line" in Rockville, Maryland.

Meet D.C.'s New Streetcar Launch Manager

DDOT is determined not to miss any more deadlines, so they're bringing in Australian rail consultant Tim Borchers to help the streetcar system get over its final hurdles.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Virginia Caregivers Given Help To Do Their Thankless, Underappreciated Jobs

Caregivers do billions of dollars in uncompensated labor for the elderly and infirm, and new legislation in Virginia will help them get training

'Healthy Beverage Index' Developed To Up Your Water Intake

Are you making healthy choices with your daily beverage intake? A new guide developed by Virginia Tech will help you get there.

Friday, July 17, 2015

At Virginia Mosque, Time Of Celebration Marred By Vandalism

At the Manassas Muslim Association, the days leading up to Eid — marking the end of Ramadan — have been marked with concern.

Purple Line Construction Expected To Begin In 2016

Just last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state would move forward with building the Purple Line. But the process has been delayed.

Three Ways Nationals Fans Define Themselves ('Crazy' Isn't One Of Them)

This isn't Philadelphia, New York or Baltimore, even. But the Nationals have been around for 10 years, and that's enough time for a fan base to build an identity. We asked Nats fans and local baseball writers about what it means to support the Washington club.

New Southwest Waterfront Project Bottoms Out — But That's A Good Thing

Construction crews working on a large construction project on the Southwest Waterfront have finished digging and will now start building, bringing hope for an ambitious redevelopment that could transform the area.

Virginia Has To Redo Its Congressional Map. But Who Draws The New Lines?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders of the General Assembly are clashing yet again, this time over whether to call a special session to debate a potential new set of maps for the state's congressional districts.