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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.

Runners Relay Around White House For Women's Cancer Org.

Dozens of cancer survivors, surgeons and other advocates finished a 72-hour relay race around the White House Monday morning to preview the upcoming Race to End Women's Cancer. 

Analysis: Congress Returns From Recess, Tackles Fiscal Cliff, Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what to expect as lawmakers return from summer recess this week.

Take A Virtual Field Trip Through Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is now offering an interactive electronic field trip called "The Will of the People" about the region's history and its role in the particularly contentious election of 1800.

Upgrade On D.C. Cabs Held Up By Bidding Process

An upgrade to taxicab meters in the District has been put on hold over alleged irregularities in the bidding process.

Clergy, Worshippers Come Together For 9/11 Unity Walk

People of many different faiths gathered at houses of worship yesterday for the annual 9/11 Unity Walk, which celebrates diversity while remembering victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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.