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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chevy Chase Lake Redevelopment Plan Given Final Approval

The County Council has voted to approve limited redevelopment of the community just within the Beltway, with more development to come after a Purple Line station is built.

Scientists Study Impact Of Sandy On Flora and Fauna In Tidal Marshes

A team of scientists is looking into the effects Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia.

National Cathedral Vandalism Suspect Ordered Held Without Bond

The Chinese national arrested for allegedly vandalizing the National Cathedral earlier this week—and possibly three other statues and monuments—will remain in prison until at least Friday.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Montgomery County Will Appeal Pepco Rate Hikes

The Maryland Public Service Commission granted Pepco a partial rate increase, which has prompted a call for an appeal by leaders in Montgomery County.

Part Of National Zoo's Panda House Closed

Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female panda, has shown possible signs of pregnancy, prompting the zoo to close the Panda House.

Charges Dropped Against Maryland Running Back Wes Brown

A charge of assaulting a police officer will not stick on Terrapins running back Wes Brown, though police say he remains a person of interest in a non-fatal shooting.

Bradley Manning Acquitted Of Aiding The Enemy Charge

A military judge has acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of the most serious charge he faced for leaking documents to Wikileaks, but he was found guilty for several other criminal counts.

Lanier: Acts Of Vandalism At Washington Symbols Thought To Be Connected

Speaking on Tuesday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that she believed that a woman arrested for vandalizing the National Cathedral was connected to three other similar incidents.

D.C. Students Show Improvements In Math, Reading

On Tuesday D.C. officials cheered gains in math and reading proficiency among students who attend public and public charter schools.

Fifteen Years After Approval, Medical Marijuana Finally Goes On Sale In D.C.

It may have taken 15 years to happen, but medical marijuana is now available for qualifying patients in D.C.

New Documents In Chandra Levy Case To Be Made Public

New documents in the case of murdered intern Chandra Levy will come to light later this week, potentially setting up a retrial for the man convicted of killing her more than a decade ago.

D.C. Moves Forward On New $900 Million Frederick Douglass Bridge Project

On Tuesday the D.C. Department of Transportation will present plans for a new $900 million Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge across the Anacostia River.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Getting Montgomery County Ready For Capital Bikeshare

A new bike path to the Shady Grove Metro station was opened Monday, as momentum builds toward toward the opening of Capital Bikeshare in Montgomery County.

Leggett Remains 'Optimistic' About Silver Spring Transit Center

Conflicts between the Metro and the Montgomery County over the Silver Spring Transit Center have not dampened Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's optimism about the project.

Woman Arrested For Green Paint Vandalism At National Cathedral

The MPD has made an arrest in connection to the green paint found splattered in the National Cathedral and the Joseph Henry Statue, three days after similar vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial.