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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Virginia Conservation Efforts Face Calls For Reform

Despite the success of conservation efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, some critics say the process needs to be adapted to funnel money to the most high-priority projects.

High School Student Shot And Killed In Capitol Heights

An 18-year-old high school student was shot and killed this morning in Capitol Heights, Md. Investigators are looking for suspects in the shooting.

Montgomery County Weighs $2.1M Bikeshare Plan

Montgomery County is trying to decide whether to implement a $2.1 million plan to bring Capital Bikeshare to some of the county's most populous neighborhoods. 

Memorials, Day Of Service Planned To Commemorate 9/11

Events are planned around the D.C. area to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks, including a day of service at Freedom Plaza and a moment of silence at the Pentagon. 

Democrat Wendy Rosen Withdraws From House Race

Wendy Rosen, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland, abruptly withdrew from the race Monday after party officials learned she had voted in two different states in past elections.

Michael Brown On D.C. Ballot Despite Petition Challenges

Incumbent at-large D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown will be on the ballot in November, as the Board of Elections reviewed two challenges and ruled that he met the petition requirement by less than 200 signatures.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Arlington Adds 111 Affordable Housing Units

In response to rising property values that are rapidly gentrifying areas of Arlington like the Columbia Pike corridor, the county has opened a renovated low-income apartment complex.

Dominion Looks To Extend Two Energy Conservation Programs

Dominion Power is looking to extend two successful energy conservation programs with permission from the commonwealth.

Capitol Bomb Plotter Promised 'Martyrdom Payments'

Amine El-Khalifi, the 29-year-old Moroccan immigrant implicated by the FBI in a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol, was allegedly offered so-called "martyrdom payments" to compensate his family.

Mother Pleads For Information In Amber Stanley's Murder

The murder of Amber Stanley in her family home in Upper Marlboro rocked her community, and Prince George's County Police are hoping for any information from the public in solving the crime.

Montgomery County Faces Public Utility Company Debate

The president of the Montgomery County Council will meet two groups this week that want to replace Pepco with a publicly owned company.

Tough Mudder Organizers Offer Refunds

Organizers of the Tough Mudder 12-mile race will offer refunds to participants due to the event being cut short over the weekend.

Last Chance For Maryland Residents To Weigh In On Derecho Outages

Maryland residents looking to express their opinion about the utility companies' handling of outages stemming from June's Derecho storm have just one day left.

Sentencing For Kwame Brown Delayed Until Nov.

In order to complete his cooperation with a federal investigation, former D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown will wait another two months to be sentenced.

Muslim Organization Hosts Blood Drives

The second annual "Muslims for Life" blood drive is hosting two events this week to honor the 9/11 victims.