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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Man Visiting D.C. Says He Was Kidnapped By Uber Driver

The man says the Uber driver ran red lights and nearly mowed down pedestrians in his panicked flight from Washington.

Key Civil War Generals The Subject Of New Smithsonian Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery focuses on Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

Baker, Residents Pay Tribute To Wayne Curry In Prince George's County

Hundreds lined up to this morning in Upper Marlboro to pay their respects to Wayne Curry, the first African-American elected to serve as Prince George's County Executive.

Hogan To Use Public Campaign Funds For Maryland Gubernatorial Run

A Maryland elections board official says Republican Larry Hogan has indicated he will use public campaign finance funds for his general election campaign for governor.

D.C. Alcohol Board Loosens Moratorium On Liquor Licenses In Adams Morgan

After 14 years of not being able to get liquor licenses, new restaurants in Adams Morgan will now be able to sell booze.

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.