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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Freedman's Cemetery Memorial In Alexandria Rejected Over 'Religious Symbols'

Alexandria city leaders have rejected a sculpture selected to adorn a cemetery for freed slaves, rejecting it for religious symbols, a description the artist disputes.

Sandy Scare Underscores Importance Of Bond Initiative For Huntington Residents

A low-lying Huntington neighborhood was spared major flooding from Superstorm Sandy, but the near-miss has helped reinforce some residents' support for a $30 bond initiative for flood mitigation.

Sandy Causes Blood Shortage In Washington Region

The loss of life due to the storm has been minimal in the D.C. region, but it grossly disrupted normal blood drive efforts. The Red Cross is asking residents to help make up for the blood shortage.

Metro Sustains Minimal Damage, Reopens At 2 P.M.

After preparing for the worst, Metro officials were pleased to report minimal damage to the rail system. Trains are operating on Sunday schedule as of 2 p.m. and through the remainder of the day.

Coastal Cleanup Begins After Hurricane Sandy

Officials along the Delmarva coast are still assessing the situation after Hurricane Sandy before giving the all clear for residents and others to return to their homes. Several major area roads have been reopened. 

After Sandy, Flooding Concerns Remain

The D.C. area has weathered the worst part of Hurricane Sandy, and today utility crews and local governments begin the cleanup as they watch water levels closely, especially in low-lying and coastal areas.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Potomac River Is Expected To Flood

Flooding is expected starting Tuesday night and lasting through the week.

Pepco Fares Well As Hurricane Sandy Hits

More than 100,000 homes lost power in Metro D.C. 19,000 are Pepco customers.

D.C. Metrorail And Buses Closed, Cabs Still Open

Hurricane Sandy has forced Metro to shut down for a second day, but cabs are still available for those willing to pay a little extra.

Local Dialysis Centers Weather Hurricane Sandy

Local dialysis centers have an emergency-preparedness protocol in place to power through Hurricane Sandy.

Meal Service Closed, Homebound Residents Without Food

Thousands of senior citizens that rely of meal service to their homes are without food, due the Hurricane Sandy.

Anticipating Sandy's Impacts On The Coastal Environment

The effects of the super storm Sandy aren't relegated to the land alone — officials with the EPA say wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay are at risk from high levels of sediment washed into coastal waters.

Hurricane Sandy Slows Down Presidential Campaigning

Hurricane Sandy is slowing last minute efforts to tilt this year's election in our region.

Hurricane Sandy Shuts Down D.C. Metro System Through Tuesday Morning

Washington's D.C.'s Metrorail and bus system is closed for the first time in nearly a decade, and will remain so pending assessment through Tuesday morning.

Massive Flooding On Eastern Seaboard, Ocean City Pier Destroyed

Coastal areas along the eastern portion of the United States are facing a massive amount of flooding. Ocean City is under water and rescues are underway in Salisbury, Md.