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Monday, July 8, 2013

Lawmakers Face Gridlock Before August Recess

Congress returns this week after a short Fourth of July break, and will have about a month to tackle several issue before the August recess.

Lighting Ceremony Planned For Washington Monument

One of District's most iconic structures will now illuminate the city skyline at night.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 8, 2013

This week you can explore the multimedia world of hip-hop or check out a series of flicks by funnyman filmmaker Woody Allen.

Commentary: Changes To D.C.'s Legal Team Needed Before Attorney General Election

Next year, voters in D.C. will elect an attorney general for the first time. But before that happens, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan says structural changes are needed in order for the government to operate effectively.

Critics Claim Bi-County Parkway Benefits Developers

The debate over whether Northern Virginia needs a new highway is central to a larger question: are more roads that cost billions of dollars to build the answer to fulfilling the D.C. area's economic potential?

Capital Fringe Festival Returns To D.C.

A "Performance Art" festival kicks off in the District this week.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Judge To Rule On Virginia Executive Mansion Chef Charges

Gov. Bob McDonnell's former chef is making allegations in a court brief supporting his motion to dismiss four felony embezzlement charges against him.

Cuccinelli Says Legal Changes To Voting Rights Act Necessary

Some new laws require more oversight of voter registration rolls in Virginia, including routine checks to identify felons.

Warner Working On Housing Reform Bill

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has been working on a measure to decrease the government's role in the housing market.

Maryland Casinos Win Big In Fiscal Year 2013

Maryland's casinos made more money than planners predicted in the current fiscal year.

Fairfax Residents Divided Over Yellow Line Expansion

State and local leaders in Virginia are conducting a transit study to determine the best mode of transportation for the Route One corridor in Fairfax County.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

D.C. Area Universities Urge Students To Leave Egypt

Universities in the region are asking their students in Egypt to leave the country due to the social and political unrest.

Marine Corps Museum Honors Women In Service With Statue

The first female statue at Semper Fidelis Park outside the National Museum of the Marine Corps was dedicated this week.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Vigil Held For Slain Howard University Student Omar Sykes

Police are still searching for two suspects in connection with a shooting that left a 22-year-old Howard University student dead.

District Being Sued Over Ambulance Response Time

Relatives of a man who died earlier this year waiting for an ambulance is suing the District in a wrongful death lawsuit.