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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pepco Lobbyists Visited D.C. Officials Almost 100 Times In 2011

D.C. officials may be taking this most recent swath of power outage as an opportunity to beat up on Pepco, but in reality, the utility has spent a lot of money and political capital on close relationships with District lawmakers. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mayor Gray On Pepco: 'We Need A Game Changer'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray added his to the cacophany of voices calling for Pepco to do a better job with power outages. He even floated the idea of burying power lines underground.

Governments Assisting With Storm Waste Disposal

Looking to dispose of the waste Friday's storm dumped on your doorstep? Many area governments are helping residents with the clean up efforts.

Maryland Businesses Rebounding From Rough Weekend

While Montgomery County residents continue to struggle with a lack of power in many places, storm damage and missed financial opportunities have many area businesses reeling.

Emergency Call For Blood Donations In Wake Of Storm

An emergency call for blood has gone out in the D.C. area, as the storm-damaged area infrastructure has slowed the flow of donations down to a trickle.

Dominion Repairs Are 'Hand-To-Hand Combat'

More than 1,200 crews are currently at work in Northern Virginia fixing the damage left by Friday night's storm, but progress is slow as many of the repairs can't simply be done with heavy equipment.

Cooling Center For Pets Opens In Shirlington

Pet owners who are still sans-power thanks to Friday night's derecho storm can bring their furry friends to a free cooling center in a boutique for dogs in Northern Virginia.

Tiger Woods Wins AT&T National Tournament

Thousands faced intense heat to witness the final round of the AT&T National Tournament in Bethesda.

Storm Recovery Efforts Continue Throughout Region

The entire D.C. area is still cleaning up after a massive storm ripped through the region Friday night. Thousands are still without power and many public buildings are closed. 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 2

Ceramic art for your spices, Chesapeake Bay Watermen, and plenty of piano.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Anacostia Riverwalk Extension To Link Urban And Suburban Trails

An extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that is in the planning stage will connect many of Washington's favorite locations.

Ocean City And Dewey Rated Among Cleanest Beaches

Two beaches along the Maryland and Delaware shoreline make the list for the nation's cleanest beaches.

Montgomery County Exec Derides Pepco After Storm

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is blasting Pepco's timeline to restore service to customers.

Utility Companies Expect Nearly A Week For Full Restoration

Pepco, Dominion and BGE say it could take nearly a week for restoration to be completed.

New System Eases Legal Aid In Virginia

Virginia's new online case management system will make it easier to provide free legal services to the poor.

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