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Monday, June 30, 2014

Ready Your Wallets: Gas Prices Are On The Rise

The average price for a gallon of regular in D.C is $3.90. Nationwide, the price will average close to $3.70 a gallon this July Fourth, the highest in six years, and 17 cents more than one year ago.

Local Immigration Activists Blast Fast Track Deportation Plan

The White House is expected to call on Congress to address the country's immigration crisis by fasting the deportation of 60,000 children detained after crossing the border, prompting an outcry from local immigration activists.

Park Service To Meet With Organizers Today Over Fort Reno Concert Series

The Fort Reno concert series has been scrapped this year following new National Park Service requirements. Organizers are meeting with NPS later today to see if a compromise can be reached.

Thinking Small To Solve Environmental Problems In The Chesapeake

The Choptank River, which begins in Kent County, Delaware, is emblematic of the environmental problems facing many of the waterways in the region, and is a source of interest for scientists and environmentalists in the region.

Justin Rose Repeats At Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament

It took a sudden death playoff to get him over the hump, but Justin Rose managed to repeat as winner of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament in Bethesda on Sunday.

Looking To Renovate, Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Hits Stumbling Blocks

The Torpedo Factory along Alexandria's Waterfront is in need of a facelift, but leaders at the arts center have had trouble finding ways to raise funds.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ocean City's Dew Tour Runs Up Against July 4 Celebration

The high-flying extreme sports in the Dew Tour brings Ocean City jobs and a boost to the economy, but this year it may run into Independence Day celebrations.

D.C. Council Weighs Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors

A prohibition on the controversial practice of "conversion therapy," aimed at changing someone's sexual orientation, for those under the age of 18 has been proposed in the District.

Riders Balk As Metro Fares Increase 3 Percent On Average

A slate of new fare increases across the Metro system took effect Sunday, July 29. Fares are going up 3 percent on average across the board, and as you'd expect, many riders are less than pleased with the increase.

Park Service Restrictions Will Force Changes To Folklife Festival

Fans of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and other events on the National Mall are calling for changes to the National Park Service's new restrictions that could change the character of events on "America's front yard."

Friday, June 27, 2014

AAA Lashes Out Against D.C. Congestion Plan

The District's plan to tackle traffic congestion in downtown Washington is facing opposition from a group that represents drivers.

Golf Pros Play Bethesda In Quicken Loans National Tournament

Some of golf's lesser-known names carved up Congressional Country Club in Bethesda this morning during the second round of the Quicken Loans National.

Metro To Close Part Of Red Line This Weekend

Scheduled maintenance will close part of Metro's Red Line in downtown Washington this weekend, with buses replacing trains.

Judge: Former Attorney General Can't Testify In McDonnell Case

A federal judge is refusing to allow a former Virginia attorney general to testify as an expert witness in former Governor Bob McDonnell's corruption trial.

Popular Fort Reno Concert Series Cancelled

Organizers of a well-known D.C. summer concert series say rules from the U.S. Park Police and National Park Service forced them to cancel.