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Friday, May 29, 2015

Lane Closures, Weight Limit In Effect On Aging Memorial Bridge

No Metro buses can travel across the bridge until emergency repairs are completed. Federal officials say they could take at least six months.

Virginia Residents Who Could Lose Homes To Wider I-66 Sound Off

The Virginia Department of Transportation heard from homeowners along the Interstate 66 corridor in Fairfax County Thursday night and the consensus was clear: the agency must fix its plans to expand the highway to ten lanes for 25 miles from the Beltway west to Haymarket.

Metro To Pressure Feds For Decision On Whether It Can Scrap Old Railcars

A top Metro official will meet the head of the Federal Transit Administration next week in the latest move by the D.C. region’s transit authority to convince federal transportation officials to give Metro permission to send about 200 aging railcars to the scrap yard.

To Help Fight World Hunger, You Can Overeat At José Andrés' 'Dine-N-Dash'

On June 9, 17 restaurants in Penn Quarter will take part in the Dine-N-Dash, an event to help José Andrés' nonprofit World Central Kitchen fight hunger across the globe.

Becoming George Washington: The Virginia Farm Where The First President Grew Up

Archaeologists are hard at work on the Virginia site where George Washington spent much of his childhood.

Quantico, Virginia: The Town That Got Swallowed By A Military Base

The military base that surrounds Quantico, Virginia keeps the town from growing. But it's also its primary economic driver.

After Years Of Work, Route 1 Begins To Evolve In Fairfax County

For years, county leaders in Northern Virginia have been working to redevelop Route 1. And in Fairfax County, local officials say those efforts are starting to bear fruit.

Inside The Creation Of The Smithsonian's African American Museum

We get the latest on construction of the last new museum on the National Mall: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

D.C. Residents Work To Keep The Reins As Woodridge Neighborhood Changes

Residents in D.C.'s Woodridge neighborhood say they're trying to shape how their community is redeveloped, as new businesses and homeowners settle in the area.

University Of Maryland President Vows To Revive Road That Cuts Through Campus

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh wants to develop College Park and the Route 1 corridor into an "Innovation District," replete with more amenities than just fast food and bars.

Route 1 Center Targets Hidden Poverty In One Of Maryland's Richest Counties

Howard County, Maryland, is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation... but some people are still struggling to make ends meet.

A Flea Market and Focal Point for a Hispanic Community

The Washington Boulevard Marketplace — a.k.a. the U.S. 1 Flea Market — attracts Hispanic families of all incomes and backgrounds.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

D.C. Immigrants Remain In Shadows While Reform Hits Roadblock

The administration's appeal to lift an injunction against his executive actions on immigration reform was denied. Consequently tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the metro D.C. area will continue to live in the shadows.

Housing? Green Space? Fairfax County Weighs Options For Land Acquired In 1981

Leaders in Fairfax County are considering a controversial proposal that would finally develop a long-dormant stretch of land along the Route One corridor.

Facing Anti-Islam Campaign, Metro Bans All Political Ads For Rest Of The Year

The D.C. region’s transit authority is the latest public transportation system in the country to bar all political, religious, and advocacy advertisements, days after a controversial anti-Islam group sought to put up an ad in train stations and on the sides of buses.