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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cuccinelli Declines To Defend Failing Schools Law

Virginia attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli says he won't defend a state law allowing for the state takeover of failing schools when it is challenged in court.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Syrian-American Group Says Delaying Strikes Bolsters Opposition

While most Americans still oppose intervention in Syria, a group of Syrian-Americans is calling for action.

Charles Lollar Joins Crowded Maryland GOP Gubernatorial Primary

It's a crowded field for the Republican nod in Maryland's gubernatorial race next year, as former Marine and executive Charles Lollar tosses his hat in the ring.

Scientists: Basic Chemistry Of Area Waterways Changing

With acid rain becoming more pervasive, scientists in the region were surprised to find that the pH in area rivers is moving in the other direction.

Obama Names Critic To Eisenhower Memorial Panel

Critics of the design for a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower gained some traction, after President Obama named a critic of the plan to the commission overseeing its construction.

What Does "Coming Of Age" Mean To You?

Metro Connection is working on a show with the theme of "coming of age." Tell us what "coming of age" means in your life.

D.C. Police Heighten Security As Tensions On Syria Rise

The threat of military action in Syria and the upcoming Jewish holidays have Metro Police on a heightened state of alert at certain locations across the city.

Amazon Now Charging Sales Tax For Virginia Residents

Serial online shoppers in the commonwealth may notice their online purchases grow a bit — Amazon started collecting Virginia sales tax on Sunday.

Crews Continue To Search For Man Who Went Missing While Swimming In Potomac

Crews are returning to the Potomac River today to search for a man who went missing while swimming. 

Fans Cheer Return Of U.S. Women's Soccer Team To RFK For Match Against Mexico

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team takes on Mexico today at RFK Stadium, the first time the squad has played in D.C. since 2008.

Witness Says Victim Of Alleged Sexual Assault By Navy Midshipmen Was Drunk

A witness in the hearing of three former U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen accused sexual assault says the victim appeared drunk on the night of the alleged assault.

Ocean City Legislators Vote To Remove Parking Meters, Losing $1.4 Million

Legislators in Ocean City have decided to remove parking meters installed on four streets earlier this year, forgoing $1.4 million in expected revenue.

Fracking Friends And Foes Await Decision On George Washington National Forest

Sometime in the next few months, the U.S. Forest Service will announce whether it's going to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within Virginia's George Washington National Forest.

Federal Investigators Will Look Into What Caused Airplane Crash On Route 50

Federal investigators will be looking into the crash of a small plane along westbound route 50 in Prince George's County, Maryland yesterday afternoon.

Alexandria Six-Alarm Fire Extinguished, Cause Still Unknown

Firefighters in Alexandria spent the night extinguising the last embers of yesterday's six-alarm fire in a warehouse on South Pickett Street, and an investigation into the fire's cause will begin once the building is safe to enter.