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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Traffic A Big Concern With White Oak Development Plan

Development in the eastern part of Montgomery County would be good for the area, according to county officials, but potential changes to congestion standards have drawn the ire of residents in the area.

Dedicated Bus Lane From Crystal City To Potomac Yard To Open Next Month

The D.C. area will see it's first dedicated bus lane next month in "Metroway" — a line running from Crystal City through Braddock Road in Northern Virginia.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bottle-Bomb Suspects Charged, Held Without Bond

A suspect accused of setting off bottle bombs at area movie theaters has been formally indicted in Maryland, and identical charges have been filed against an alleged co-conspirator.

Parties Scramble To Find Candidates To Replace Arlington Delegate

Voters in Arlington and McLean will be heading to the polls next month in a special election to replace longtime Delegate Bob Brink, and the parties will be working overtime this weekend to name candidates.

Key Transportation Fund Desperately Needs Cash Infusion, Says Foxx

As the peak summer driving season approaches, the nation's top transportation official says the federal government may slow down reimbursement payments to states for their road-construction bills starting on or around August 1, unless Congress acts to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Ban On Sale Of Grain Alcohol Takes Effect In Maryland

The sale of high-proof alcohol is now banned in Maryland, and microbreweries in Montgomery County are getting a break on selling their beers.

Obama To Use Key Bridge As Backdrop For Plea On Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama is mixing a little Fourth of July patriotism with a pitch to fix the nation's bridges and highways.

Public Financing For Campaigns Faces Challenges In Montgomery County

A plan to offer public financing for campaigns in Montgomery County has hit a roadblock: Self-funded candidates in the wealthy Maryland enclave.

Minimum Wage In D.C. Increases To $9.50

The minimum wage in D.C. rises from $8.25 to $9.50 today, on its way to $11.50 in 2016.

Sidewalk Closed: Group Says D.C. Not Focused Enough On Pedestrian Safety

Members of the pedestrian rights group All Walks D.C. is trying to get the District to place greater emphasis on the safety of those who rely on foot power over pedal power.

McAuliffe To Announce New Virginia Climate Change Commission

A new commission that will issue recommendations on how the Commonwealth of Virginia can cope with the effects of climate change will be announced today.

Where To Watch The U.S. Men's World Cup Knockout Game In D.C.

The big outdoor showing of the last U.S. World Cup game in Dupont Circle won't get a repeat thanks to a lack of funding, but there are other places to watch the big knockout game againts Belgium today.

Beating The Odds: Finding Strength In Heartbreaking Loss

Having lost both his parents at a young age, 17-year-old Donavan Blagmon has learned how to stay strong and succeed without the outside support enjoyed by most other kids his age.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Assateague State Park Ranked High For Clean Water

An annual report has given Assateague State Park's beach a "superstar'" rating for water quality.

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