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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Metro Sticks To Stance That Fixes Needed For Silver Spring Transit Center

Without structural fixes, the regional transit agency says it won't take over the long-delayed Silver Spring Transit Center.

After Four Years Of Fighting, D.C. Council Approves New Rules For Food Trucks

The new rules create a long-awaited regulatory framework for what has become a popular and industry made up of over 150 food trucks.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Metro Investigating Problems With Emergency Intercom On Red Line Train

Passengers say they tried to use the emergency call system yesterday evening to alert the driver about the fight near the Woodley Park station, but they got no response.

Government Lawyer Accused Of Sexual Assault Found Dead In D.C. Jail

Paul Mannina was being held at the D.C. Jail after being charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker.

Montgomery County Legislators To Discuss Limits On Five-Cent Bag Tax

Legislators will debate a bill that would limit the county's five-cent bag tax to food stores, a change that could result in a 38 percent drop in expected revenue.

Virginia Butt Slasher Pleads Guilty

Former day laborer Johnny Pimentel admitted to slashing the buttocks of at least nine women, and could face up to seven years in prison.

Norton Ducks Questions On Campaign Money Linked To D.C. Businessman

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton isn't saying whether she'll return thousands in campaign contributions from D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who is accused of running a straw political donation scheme.

Supreme Court Voids Sentence Handed Down By Virginia Judge In Robbery Case

A Supreme Court ruling found that a Virginia judge improperly applied a lower standard of evidence in deciding to increase the sentence of a man accused of robbery in 2009.

Montgomery County Officials Debate Traffic And Development At Chevy Chase Lake

Developers want to remodel Chevy Chase Lake, but some Montgomery County officials worry that it would only make already bad traffic much worse.

D.C. Worker Charged With Policing City Officials Fails To Disclose Second Job

The general counsel of the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance failed to disclose his second job as a private attorney in Silver Spring as required by city law.

Popular 15th Street Bike Lane To Get Fresh Layer Of Asphalt

The popular two-way cycle track running along 15th Street NW will be repaved in the next month, following complaints from cyclists about potholes and rim-bending bumps.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Maryland State House Closes For Filming Of Popular Netflix Series

The State House is being used as the set for Netflix's popular political drama "House of Cards."

Feds Raid Virginia 7-Eleven Stores As Part Of Human Smuggling Probe

Stores in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Virginia as well as Long Island, New York were raided as part of an investigation into human smuggling, identity theft and money laundering.

Virginia Panel Meets To Decide Whether To Add 400,000 Residents To Medicaid

A panel meeting this week in Richmond could agree to add up to half-a-million Virginians to Medicaid as part of compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

Solar-Powered Plane Lands At Dulles Airport

The Solar Impulse has been traveling across the country since early May on little more than the energy provided by the sun.