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Friday, July 26, 2013

Four Orange Line Stations Closed This Weekend

Weekend Metro riders will have delays again this weekend, with four station closings on the Orange Line and longer wait times elsewhere in the system.

Panda Pregnancy Watch Kicks Off At The National Zoo

It's time for the city's favorite guessing game: is the National Zoo's female panda pregnant?

Analysis: House Approves Issa's D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill

David Hawkings talks about what Rep. Darrell Issa's proposed bill means for the District's budget autonomy.

Arlington Woman Among 80 People Killed In Spain Train Derailment

Ana Maria Cordoba was traveling with her family in Spain when she was killed in a massive train derailment that occured earlier this week.

RG3 Takes Part In Redskins Practice, Will Likely Skip Preseason Games

The Washington Redskins' star quarterback, who is recovering from knee surgery, is taking part in team practices in Richmond.

Metro Drops Price Of SmarTrip Cards

Come Oct. 1, the cost of Metro's SmarTrip would fall from $5 to $2.

Republicans Propose Spending Cuts To Popular D.C. Attractions

A proposal by congressional Republicans would see spending slashed at popular institutions like the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, Smithsonian and Kennedy Center.

Lincoln Memorial Reopened After Vandalism, Questions Linger

The Lincoln Memorial was splattered with green paint on Friday morning, closing it to visitors.

Bookend: D.C. Native Elliott Holt Finds Acclaim With Debut Novel

In our monthly look at D.C.'s literary scene, we talk with Elliott Holt, whose debut novel, You Are One of Them, is generating lots of buzz.

On The Coast: The Meaning Of Safety When You Work As A Skydiving Instructor

Josh Dolan, a skydiving instructor, spends his days helping other people cross items off their bucket lists.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Virginia Transportation Projects Get $200 Million In Funding

Bottlenecks on Rt. 28 in Northern Virginia will be one of the first targets of the newly-authorized Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

Was O'Malley's Climate Change Speech Full Of Hints At Presidential Bid?

In a policy speech on Thursday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley pledged to work to cut greenhouse gas emissions — perhaps foreshadowing a plank of a potential 2016 presidential bid.

D.C. Ranked Ninth Hardest-Working City, But Should It Be Higher?

D.C. ranked behind cities like Seattle and Dallas on a recent list of the hardest-working cities. But does that really do the District justice?

Virginia Suicide Rate Hit A 13-Year High In 2011

There were 1,067 suicides in Virginia in 2011, the highest number in 13 years.

Former D.C. Teacher Eric Toth Faces Multiple Charges Of Child Pornography

Eric Toth faces child pornography charges in multiple jurisdictions after being caught in Nicaragua after five years on the lam.