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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Downed Lines Cause Amtrak Outage Between D.C., Philly

Amtrak commuters have their work cut out for them Tuesday morning, as downed powerlines have caused delays along the Northeast corridor.

MWAA Adopts Stormwater Regulations, Potentially Delaying Silver Line Phase 2

On the construction of second phase of the Silver Line, MWAA has opted to comply with state environmental regulations governing stormwater runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed, potentially adding additional costs and construction time.

Search Continues For Missing UVA Student

Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia student, was reported missing over the weekend and Charlottesville police are asking for the public's help.

Search Continues For Missing UVA Student

Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia student, was reported missing over the weekend and Charlottesville police are asking for the public's help.

Georgetown Student Pleads Guilty To Ricin Possession

A Georgetown student arrested by police for creating ricin in his dorm room has pleaded guilty to possessing the deadly substance.

Charles Severance Faces First Hearing In Alexandria Court

The man being tried for three murders will get his first day in court in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday morning, in an advisement hearing where his counsel will be identified.

Monday, September 15, 2014

D.C. Advocates Pitch Statehood To Senate Panel, But Bill Unlikely To Move

A Senate hearing on a D.C. statehood bill —the first in two decades — produced little by way of assurances that the measure would move through the Democratic chamber.

Montgomery County Police Prepare Homicide Case Against Catherine Hoggle

Police in Montgomery County are "preparing a homicide case" against Catherine Hoggle, the woman whose two children remain missing a week after their father first reported it to officers.

D.C. Statehood Bill Prompts Questions Over Constitutionality

Legal scholars disagree over whether a bill granting D.C. statehood would be constitutional or not, an issue that will likely be raised at a Senate hearing to be held on Monday.

RG3's Season Could Be Over After Serious Ankle Injury

The Washington football team rolled to a commanding victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but they had to do it without the benefit of star quarterback Robert Griffin III, who left the game with a serious ankle injury.

Neighbors Say DDOT Silent After Latest Crash In 16th Street Heights

Another accident on Arkansas Avenue Northwest has residents of the neighborhood expressing frustration with the District Department of Transportation, which has failed to act on what they say is the most important recommendation from its own safety report.

Breaking Ground: Military Children

What can we learn from the education of military children in the U.S.? Kavitha Cardoza explores in a four-part series.

Local Lawmakers Returning Early To Capitol Hill For Syria Vote

House lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill tonight to meet the president's call for action on Syria.

Council Calls For Presidential Support Ahead Of Senate Hearing In D.C. Statehood

The Senate is holding hearings on Monday morning on the topic of D.C. statehood, and District lawmakers are hoping the president will join them in backing the effort.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montgomery County First Responder Reflects On Impact Of 9/11 Attacks

Kelvin Thomas, a Montgomery County firefighter, was on the team that looked for survivors after the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2011. He reflects on what that means now.

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