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Thursday, June 6, 2013

D.C. Taxicab Commission Rejects Claim That It Seeks To Inhibit Innovation

Hailing a cab and paying your fare these days takes little more than a smart phone, but new app-based services are saying that D.C. is smothering their businesses with regulations.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Four-Alarm Fire Destroys Beloved Capitol Hill Hardware Store

The blaze, which started Wednesday evening, consumed much of Frager's hardware store on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, requiring some 200 firefighters to battle it.

In Day Three Of Bradley Manning Trial, Analyst Unit Under Fire

Two of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's former supervisors were grilled on the stand Wednesday, as lawyers sparred over the handling of classified information in the unit of the accused Wikileaks source.

Mayor Gray Wants To Get Tougher On Local Hiring Requirements

D.C. law mandates that local firms get a certain percentage of local contracting dollars, but compliance has been spotty, and the mayor wants that to change.

Republican Ron George Making Campaign For Maryland Governor Official

Several other candidates have made their gubernatorial ambitions known since Ron George first signalled he'd be in the mix, but the Anne Arundel delegate is confident his message stands out.

Try No. 2 For NASA Rocket From Wallops

After scrubbing the rocket launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday night, NASA says they will try again Wednesday, and the launch should be visible across the region.

Hackers Put Computers To Work In Helping Residents

Hackers are known for bringing down websites and pulling off digital heists, but a new crop of civic hackers is putting computer know-how to use in helping residents with everyday problems.

Prince William Co. Drops Outer Beltway From Priorities List

Facing pressures from within the county, the board of supervisors for the Prince William County has dropped the project from its list of priorities.

D.C. Legislators Discuss Safety Measures For Taxicab Drivers, Passengers

A hearing on D.C. taxicab safety prompted calls for plexiglass dividers to protect drivers from passengers and more efforts to allow passengers to file complaints against scofflaw drivers.

D.C. Ranks Sixth On List Of Nation's Best City Park Systems

D.C. residents have access to 7,679 acres of parks, and 96 percent of residents live within a half-mile of a park.

Top D.C. Parking Ticket? Expired Meter, Of Course

Some 322,000 tickets were handed out in 2012 for expired meters, almost half the number of all tickets.

FBI Arrests Two Men Allegedly Linked To Thefts From High-End Stores

The two men are accused of robbing hundreds of thousands of watches, handbags and other products from high-end stores throughout the region.

Komen Foundation Scraps 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk In D.C. And Six Other Cities

The foundation says that participation in the event and fundraising had both fallen.

As Maryland Debates Bus Service Cuts, Critics Say That ICC Wasn't Needed

Maryland officials say they need to cut bus service on the Intercounty Connector because few people use them, but critics say that traffic numbers show that the roadway wasn't really needed to begin with.

Fight For Democratic Lieutenant Governor Nod In Virginia Heats Up

Two candidates are vying to run as the Democratic contender for lieutenant governor, a seat that has taken on unusual importance in Virginia.