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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

At 50, Federal Transit Administration Credited With Growing Public Transit

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Federal Transit Administration, the government agency tasked with promoting and expanding public transit options like buses, trains, ferries, and subways.

Former Prince George's County Executive To Lie In State Today

Former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry's body will lay in state in the first floor lobby of the Prince George’s County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro later today.

It's Summer In The City, But Montgomery County Lawmakers Thinking About Snow

Despite Tuesday's summer heat, lawmakers in Montgomery County had snow on their minds: specifically possible changes to the laws requiring residents and businesses to shovel their walks after a storm.

Power Failure At 911 Center Takes Out D.C. Police Radios

A power failure at the District's communication center affected 911 services and severely impacted the radio communications system used by police for five minutes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Assailants Sought In Deadly Convenience Store Robbery

D.C. police were called to the scene on Colorado Avenue NW Friday and found 76-year-old James Oh suffering from trauma to the head.

Arlington Voters Facing Three Special Elections

Seats are up for grabs in the House of Delegates, treasury and school board.

DDOT Goes On Defensive On Potholes And Street Conditions

After a brutal winter, the District Department of Transportation said it filled more than 50,000 potholes. Still, many local roads are crumbling.

Activists Gather At White House To Protest Immigration Proposal

Hundreds of immigrant-rights activists protested outside the White House on the eve of President Obama’s request that Congress fund the rapid deportation of tens of thousands of Central American children detained after crossing the border illegally.

MoCo Legislators Ask Maryland To Decriminalize Drug Paraphernalia

The Montgomery County Council has given final approval to a resolution asking state lawmakers to go further in decriminalizing marijuana, and took a shot at a Maryland Republican for trying to stop decriminalization in D.C.

Heat Causes Delays In Trains On Maryland And Virginia

Some MARC and VRE customers can expect delays this afternoon because of high heat.

Decades-Old Vials Of Smallpox Found at NIH Building In Bethesda

Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

Alexandria Woman Killed On Fourth Of July Was Strangled

Police say the woman found dead in her Alexandria apartment during the Fourth of July holiday weekend was strangled.

Air, Space & Rail? Silver Line To Link Museum Facilities In D.C. And Virginia

When Metro's new Silver Line opens later this month, it will provide the first public transportation link between the National Air and Space Museum's locations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Dutch Couple Bets That Flower Business Can Bloom In Virginia

A Dutch couple looking to make inroads in the U.S. flower market has settled on Virginia for its headquarters, and hopes to make a dent in a business dominated by the Netherlands and California.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

51 Things Everyone Should Experience At Least Once In D.C.

Grandiose monuments, the great outdoors, good food — there are tons of things to do and see in Washington, D.C., and we're using the city's 224th birthday as an excuse to list 51 of them.

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