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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Two D.C. Ambulances Catch Fire Tuesday

Two different D.C. ambulances caught fire on Tuesday morning, further highlighting the struggles faced by the city's aging fleet.

Montgomery County Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Abusing 15 Minors

Police in Montgomery County have arrested a music teacher at a Silver Spring elementary school and charged him with 14 counts of child sex abuse and various other charges, including second degree rape

Gansler Says Brown Relying On Race To Get Elected To Maryland's Top Office

In a recording of a speech to campaign volunteers, Maryland Attorney General and likely gubernatorial contender Doug Gansler said Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown—who is African American—is relying on the color of his skin to get elected.

Park Service Proposes Shooting Deer In Three National Battlefield Parks

The National Park Service says it wants to use sharpshooters to help control the population of white-tailed deer in three national battlefield parks around Washington.

With Lower-Price Service, Uber Again Irks D.C. Regulators

App-based livery service Uber has gone to battle with D.C. regulators over its premium sedans, and now its new lower-price hybrid vehicles are provoking complaints from traditional taxicab drivers and city officials.

Richmond Groups Join Forces To Fight Food Deserts

A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets—a place where you can't buy fresh fruits or vegetables. Richmond, Va. has been rated the worst food desert in the nation for a city of its size, but an effort is underway to change that.

Virginia Program Under Civil Rights Office Scrutiny

A federal agency will investigate a claim that Virginia is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring auxiliary grant recipients to live in segregated group homes.

MLK Memorial Work Won't Be Completed By Anniversary Of March On Washington

A contracting snafu is delaying work to correct a quote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, meaning that it won't be ready in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Work On MLK Memorial Won't Be Completed By Anniversary Of March On Washington

A contracting snafu is delaying work to correct a quote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, meaning that it won't be ready in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Virginia Trash Hauler Promotes Recycling In Innovative Ways

Getting people to recycle more is a simple matter of marketing for one Virginia trash hauler, which uses incentives and a personal touch to get closer to customers.

Redskins Coach: 'No Possibility' RG3 Plays In Preseason

After losing the teams' young star quarterback to a knee injury last year, Redskins Mike Shanahan insists he won't risk playing RG3 in the preseason.

Virginia Attorney General Candidates Divided On Abortion Regulations

Candidates for attorney general are taking a different approach to strict new regulations on abortion clinics.

Visitor Parking Passes In D.C. Now On-Demand Only

Soon, more D.C. residents will be allowed to offer visitors passes to park on the street. But there's a catch: they are now available by demand only.

Leaders Celebrate Completion Of Renovations At MARC Halethorpe Station

Renovations costing more than $32 million at the MARC Halethorpe Station in Maryland were completed to some fanfare Monday.

Real Estate Prices In D.C. Area Up 10 Percent Over Last Year

It's a seller's market for real estate in the D.C. area — supply is down, prices are up and homes aren't lasting long on the open market.

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