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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ride-Sharing Service, SideCar, Opens In D.C.

A new app-based service allows people another option for getting around the District.

Legal Challenges Linger Over Alexandria Waterfront Plan

Alexandria city leaders have adopted new zoning for the waterfront, but that hasn't stopped legal challenges from moving forward.

D.C. School Featured In Documentary

A new education documentary set in the District profiles a former D.C. principal and the challenges she faces in educating students toward success.

Smithsonian Seeks Farming Stories From Public

Museum curators are looking for help in putting together an exhibit to showcase how farming in the U.S. has changed over the years.

Budget Cuts To Shut Down Six D.C. Area Airport Towers

Six towers will close starting early next month as the federal agency trims millions of dollars from its budget because of the ongoing battle in Congress.

Democrats Waiting On House Republicans' Budget

Democrats in the region helped pass the Senate budget before leaving town. Now their attention turns to getting House Republicans to go along with their approach.

Marines In Quantico Shooting Identified

Authorities have identified 25-year-old Sgt. Eusebio Lopez as the Marine who shot two of his colleagues to death and then killed himself on Marine Base Quantico last Thursday.

Monday, March 25, 2013

D.C. Council Member Muriel Bowser To Run For Mayor

"I hear your desires to move forward, and so today, I announce that I will run for the next mayor of the District of Columbia," said Council member Muriel Bowser.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Report Finds Reserve Fleet For D.C. Fire Trucks Inadequate

A new report from D.C.'s inspector general found that trucks designated as reserves were unavailable.

Filmfest DC Returns To Washington

The organizers of this year's Filmfest DC are hoping to draw large crowds with a film about the controversial Julian Assange.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Maryland House Passes Gas Tax Increase

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 78-56 to raise taxes on gasoline in the state.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Displays At Library of Congress

The library will be displaying what's known as the John Hay copy of the famous Civil War speech.

Metro Weekend Track Work Suspended For Cherry Blossom Season

The repairs that usually encumber the Metro system over the weekend have been suspended for the time being, as the cherry blossoms bring an influx of tourists from out of town.

Analysis: Congress Approves Spending Bill To Avert Government Shutdown

Political commentator David Hawkings talks about how the stopgap spending measure will affect federal agencies.