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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Breathalyzer Use On The Rise For Virginia Drivers

The use of ignition interlock devices are on the rise as a new law requiring drunk drivers to sample blood alcohol content has taken effect over the last year.

McDonnell Says Daughter Returned $15,000 Wedding Gift

A wedding gift from Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams was returned by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's daughter, following a scandal in the commonwealth.

Proponents Of American Latino Museum Renew Their Case

A group calling for a Smithsonian museum to acknowledge the role that Hispanics have played in the history of the United States is reporting on their progress.

First Fundraising Reports Due In D.C. Mayoral Race

Come Wednesday night, D.C. mayoral contenders will have to report how much money they've taken in and how much they've spent.

Henderson: 'You Don't Flip A Switch And Success Happens'

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that gains in the city's school system prove that reform efforts are working—and need to be allowed to work.

Proposed D.C. Zoning Code Rewrite Could Shape Parking Patterns In Future

A six-year-long rewrite of D.C.'s 55-year-old zoning code includes a number of provisions that could change how and where residents and visitors can park.

Chevy Chase Lake Redevelopment Plan Given Final Approval

The County Council has voted to approve limited redevelopment of the community just within the Beltway, with more development to come after a Purple Line station is built.

Scientists Study Impact Of Sandy On Flora and Fauna In Tidal Marshes

A team of scientists is looking into the effects Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia.

National Cathedral Vandalism Suspect Ordered Held Without Bond

The Chinese national arrested for allegedly vandalizing the National Cathedral earlier this week—and possibly three other statues and monuments—will remain in prison until at least Friday.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Montgomery County Will Appeal Pepco Rate Hikes

The Maryland Public Service Commission granted Pepco a partial rate increase, which has prompted a call for an appeal by leaders in Montgomery County.

Part Of National Zoo's Panda House Closed

Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female panda, has shown possible signs of pregnancy, prompting the zoo to close the Panda House.

Charges Dropped Against Maryland Running Back Wes Brown

A charge of assaulting a police officer will not stick on Terrapins running back Wes Brown, though police say he remains a person of interest in a non-fatal shooting.

Bradley Manning Acquitted Of Aiding The Enemy Charge

A military judge has acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of the most serious charge he faced for leaking documents to Wikileaks, but he was found guilty for several other criminal counts.

Lanier: Acts Of Vandalism At Washington Symbols Thought To Be Connected

Speaking on Tuesday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that she believed that a woman arrested for vandalizing the National Cathedral was connected to three other similar incidents.

D.C. Students Show Improvements In Math, Reading

On Tuesday D.C. officials cheered gains in math and reading proficiency among students who attend public and public charter schools.