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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

D.C. And Virginia Are Tops For Oenophiles, Maryland Not So Much

D.C. and Virginia's laws make buying wine easy for consumers, while Maryland's restrictions make it more complicated.

Barricade Situation In Lincoln Park Ends Peacefully

A man who had barricaded himself inside a Lincoln Park home last night surrendered to police without incident this morning.

D.C. Taxicab Drivers Say Modernization Eats Into Bottom Line

As a deadline approaches for D.C.'s 6,500 taxicabs to accept credit cards, drivers and fleet owners are saying the city's push for more modern cabs could have financial consequences.

New Guilty Plea Sheds More Light On Shadow Campaign That Helped Gray

The guilty plea entered by campaign operative Vernon Hawkins this week is helping shed more light on the $653,000 shadow campaign that helped Mayor Vince Gray get elected in 2010.

Gansler Wants Lawsuit Over Maryland's Defection To ACC To Stay In State Court

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is asking the state's highest court to order that a lawsuit over the University of Maryland's withdrawal from the Atlantic Coast Conference proceed in a Maryland court.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Virginia Voters Back Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan

It's unclear whether the Chesapeake Bay will prove a divisive issue in this year's gubernatorial race, but a new poll shows most residents of the commonwealth support current restoration plans.

Cuccinelli Outlines Plan For Educational Reform In Virginia

Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli is proposing changes to the commonwealth's Standards of Learning as part of his education platform in his run for governor.

A Second National Mall: The East Capitol Street That Might Have Been

The future of development along East Capitol Street is in flux, and not for the first time. Plans drafted before the advent of the second World War would have created a very different Capitol Hill neighborhood.

McDonnell: All Gifts Returned To Donor Jonnie Williams

Virginia's governor has officially paid back the gifts and loans totally more than $125,000 that he received from donor Jonnie Williams.

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.