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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Senate Committee Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Bipartisan support in one committee has approved legislation to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Musical Score From 'The Legend of Zelda' To Perform In Baltimore

The music from the classic video game franchise The Legend of Zelda will be performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore tonight.

Land Swap At Heart Of D.C. United Stadium Deal Gives Some Legislators Pause

The deal on a 20,000-seat, $300 million stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. revolves around a land swap—and not all legislators say it's a done deal.

Former Gray Campaign Aide Thomas Gore Sentenced To Prison

A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been sentenced to six months in prison for his role in secretly funneling money to a mayoral candidate.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Defense Makes Closing Arguments In Bradley Manning Trial

The trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified government information to the Wikileaks website, is coming to a close as the defense makes its closing arguments.

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.

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.