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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Transit Tot: Woman Gives Birth On I-270

A woman gave birth on the side of I-270 just south of Germantown this morning, weeks after a child was safely delivered on the platform of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station.

Repaving Of Bumpy 15th Street Bike Lane To Begin In September

The popular two-way bike lane running along 15th Street from K Street NW to U Street NW will be repaved over the course of four to six weeks in September.

Church Concerns, Design Issues Cause Construction Delay Of M Street Bike Lane

Construction of a 1.4.-mile protected bike lane running along M Street from Thomas Circle to Georgetown has been delayed by three months over concerns that it would take parking away from a church along the route.

Virginia Wine Sales Set New Record

Virginia wines are continuing to sell at a record-breaking pace, with 511,000 cases having been sold in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Construction Holdups Delay M Street Cycle Track Three Months

Anticipated construction of a protected cycle track on M Street has been delayed after planners ran into conflicts with a local church.

Officials Suspect Foul Play In Pair Of D.C. Ambulance Fires Tuesday

D.C.'s Deputy Mayor for Public Safety is calling for a police investigation into the two ambulance fires Tuesday, suspecting foul play.

Clinton Portis Brings Concussion Suit Against NFL

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis has joined thousands of retired players suing the NFL for not doing enough to prevent serious head injuries in the game.

Montgomery County Sees A Spike In Heroin Deaths

Montgomery County police are warning residents about an increase in drug activity, after an alarming number of heroin-related deaths so far this year.

Virginia Expands Agricultural Exports To China, Hong Kong

China is already the leading destination for produce grown in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but trade is set to increase over the next year.

Hospital Tech Pleads Guilty For Role In Hepatitis Outbreak

David Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty for his role in infecting more than 44 people, including seven in Maryland, with Hepatitis C.

Gansler Offering No Apology For Remarks About Race

Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler says he won't apologize for comments he made that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is "relying on his race" in the state's gubernatorial election.

Gansler Won't Apologize For Comments About Md. Gubernatorial Contender

Maryland attorney general and likely gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler will not apologize for recorded comments in which he said that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was relying on his race to win the state's top office.

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.