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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Financial Exploitation Of Elderly Difficult To Detect

More than 70 percent of the nation's wealth belongs to the over-55 population, which makes seniors a primary target of scam artists.

In Lieu Of Parking, Fairfax Plans Buses To Silver Line

Current plans include no permanent parking for the five new stops on the Silver Line, but plans for bus service to the stations is taking shape.

Half The Battle

Jobs? Relationships? Bills? Why it is so hard for young vets transitioning home. An AU project.

Montgomery County Police Target Scofflaw Drivers

Starting today, police in Montgomery County will engage in a month worth of stings meant to catch drivers that endanger pedestrians.

UVA Professor Helps Identify Issues For Young Readers

Many students enter kindergarden without basic reading skills. University of Virginia education professor Marcia Invernizzi has pioneered a process to identify them.

Maryland Lt. Governor Set To Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Maryland's Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is expected to announce his bid for the state's highest office on Friday.

Students Hit The Road For National Bike To School Day

There were bikes aplenty on the road to school this morning, in a national event to promote healthier lifestyles and greater bicycle safety.

Record Number Of Tourists Visited D.C. In 2012

Close to 19 million tourists visited Washington, D.C. in 2012, spending $6.2 billion.

Metro Survey Highlights Progress In Promoting Culture Of Safety

There's still plenty of work to do to make Metro safer, but a recent survey shows progress in employees' willingness to report safety issues on the transit system.

Property Tax Hikes Hit Across Northern Virginia


Local leaders in Northern Virginia are raising property taxes, stoking fears that the area may become more expensive and less competitive.

D.C. Police Officer Hit With Federal Money Laundering Charges

A D.C. police officer was arrested Monday in connection with a federal charge related to laundering the proceeds from drug trafficking.

Maryland Holds Open Houses On Purple Line Progress

The Maryland Transportation Administration is holding five open houses to update residents on the progress of the Purple Line—and some residents aren't happy with what they're seeing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Waiting List For D.C. Charter Schools Outstrips Available Spots

The number of names on the waiting list for D.C. charter schools far exceeds the number of open spaces, according to DCPS data.

D.C. Legislator Moves To Ban Guns Made With 3D Printers

A gun you make at home with little more than a 3D printer? It exists—and one D.C. legislator wants to outlaw it.

Local Law Enforcement Celebrate 'Blue Mass' Today

Law enforcement and first responders who died in the line of duty were remembered today in the annual service out of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.