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Friday, May 31, 2013

Two Downtown Red Line Stations To Close This Weekend

The Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations will close this weekend for scheduled track work.

D.C. Council Committee Rejects Food Truck Regulations

D.C.'s food trucks fought regulations proposed by the city, saying that they left too much discretion to city agencies.

D.C.'s Population Grows 79 Percent Every Workday, Outpacing Other Cities

No city's population swells more dramatically than D.C.'s as commuters flood in on a daily basis.

'Knaidel' Is Winning Word For National Spelling Bee Champion

Arvind V. Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Queens, was crowned the champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday.

'Cicada Invasion' Prompts Creative New Snacks

As the 17-year cicadas emerge from the ground, millions of birds will be feasting, and a few people plan to join the party, too.

Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Murder

Deputy Craig Patterson has been arrested and charged with murder in last week's shooting death of PBS employee Julian Dawkins.

Company That Caused Baltimore Train Derailment Has Poor Safety Record

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says the company that caused Tuesday's CSX derailment falls in the bottom 10 percent of trucking companies in the U.S. when it comes to safety compliance.

Small Plane Crashes Into Herndon Apartment

Three people suffered minor injuries after a small plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the apartment's living room.

Arlington Set To Scramble Restrictions On Backyard Chickens

A task force will recommend that Arlington relax existing regulations that make it nearly impossible for residents to keep chickens in their backyards.

Virginia Business Leaders Rally Behind 'Outer Beltway'

The supporters of the proposed "outer beltway" say it will bring needed traffic relief to an area that is expected to grow substantially in the coming decades.

Bookend: Marie Arana On Bringing Latin America To Life

In this month's edition of Bookend, we'll meet Marie Arana, author of a new biography of Simon Bolivar.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Prince George's County Council Approves Budget

Prince George's County's new budget differs from what County Executive Rushern Baker proposed in several areas.

Data Shows Sequestration Having Little Effect On D.C. Area—So Far

Newly released data from the Department of Labor shows the D.C. region is faring better than expected under the federal budget cuts.

O'Malley's Speech Addresses Economy, Middle Class

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's speech on Thursday offered clues about the his national platform if he decides to make a presidential run.

Maryland Mother Sues 180 People Who Viewed Pornographic Images Of Daughters

The lawsuit seeks millions in damages from over 180 people who allegedly viewed pornographic videos of her daughters.