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Monday, July 28, 2014

Virginia Uber Driver Arrested For Second-Degree Sexual Assault

Detectives have arrested a 31-year-old Alexandria man who has been charged with second-degree sexual assault for allegedly touching a woman after picking her up using Uber.

What You Need To Know On The Silver Line's First Work Day

The Silver Line debuted on Saturday, but while carrying local politicians and transit aficionados is one thing, can Metro handle a normal day of rush hour service? Here are five things to watch out for.

McDonnell Corruption Trial Begins Monday

It's a first for the Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday, as Bob McDonnell becomes the first governor of Old Dominion to face potential jail time.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

First East Coast Exhibit Of Italian-American Artist's Work Opens In D.C.

The Hirshhorn is hosting the first solo exhibit of Salvatore Scarpitta to appear on the East Coast.

Ocean City Awaits Arrival Of Spanish Galleon Replica

The Eastern Shore will once again be graced with another picture of the past in the 170-foot El Galeon Andalucia, coming off filming of the NBC show "Crossbones."

Judge Strikes Down D.C. Ban On Handguns Outside Home

D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home was struck down by a federal judge on Saturday as unconstitutional — a ruling that will likely be appealed by the city.

Silver Line Opens With Big Fanfare And Crowds, Few Problems

The first phase of the Silver Line opened with quite a bit of fanfare on Saturday. And while the project has been beset by problems and delays, the first day of operation went fairly smoothly.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Proposed Maryland Law Would Treat Arcades Like Casinos

The law was originally pitched to stop Internet cafes from operating backroom online gambling operations.

Kaine Speaks About Silver Line And Metro's Long-Term Challenges

On the eve of the Silver Line’s maiden voyage, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sat down for a wide-ranging interview about Metro’s first new rail line since 1991.

Catania Opposes Land Swap At Heart of D.C. United Stadium Deal

D.C. mayoral contender David Catania said today that while he supports the construction of a planned $300 million D.C. United stadium in Southwest D.C., he's opposed to a land swap that is at the heart of the deal.

Virginia Keeping Drug Used In Botched Executions

One of the drugs used in three recent botched executions will remain part of Virginia's lethal injection protocol.

Hogan Hit With Campaign Complaint From Maryland Democrats

The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against Republican Larry Hogan's campaign for governor, but the campaign says it's groundless.

Catania Asks Bowser To Return Money Linked To Troubled Housing Complex

D.C. mayoral contender David Catania says fellow candidate Muriel Bowser should return campaign contributions linked to a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C.

New Jersey Couple Killed By Tornado That Hit Campground On Va. Eastern Shore

Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega of Jersey City, New Jersey were killed when a tornado hit their campground on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Thursday morning.

After Years Of Waiting, Start Of Silver Line Service Makes Metro Want To Dance

The Silver Line kicks off passenger service on Saturday, and according to Metro, some commuters are so happy that they could dance.