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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Margins In Presidential, Senate Races Narrow In Virginia

President Obama and Gov. Romney are so close as to be within the margin of error in a new poll, and Republican Senate candidate George Allen has gained on Democrat Tim Kaine as well.

Halloween Crowds Close Areas Of Georgetown To Traffic

Large crowds are expected to descend on Georgetown Wednesday evening to celebrate Halloween and trick or treat. While main thoroughfares will remain open, many side streets will be closed

Germantown Teen Dies In Accident While Walking To School

A Seneca Valley High School sophomore was killed while walking to school in Germantown this morning; she was crossing Germantown Road when she was hit by a Ford Fusion sedan.

Coal Dominates Virginia Senate Race In Some Parts Of State

The coal debate is heating up as part of the Virginia Senate race, but some observers wonder how big a role the fossil fuel will play as part of the country's energy future. 

Maryland Early Voting Resumes On Extended Hours

Early voting resumed in Maryland after being paused during Hurricane Sandy; early voting centers will extend hours for the rest of the week to make up for the shortfall.

Hurricane Sandy Debris Pickup Guide

Pickup of storm debris varies in different jurisdictions throughout the D.C. region; here's a roundup of what you can do with all the leaves and branches in your yard. 

Hurricane Sandy Takes Toll On Campaigns In Virginia

Both presidential candidates had to cancel campaign events in Virginia early this week due to Hurricane Sandy, and at least one political observer says it is likely to have at least some effect on the race.

Potomac Flooding Still A Risk Through Wednesday

Officials in and around the District are still watching water levels closely after Hurricane Sandy, as inches of rain and melting snow from the areas around the river's headwaters make their way down to the D.C. area.

Pepco Enjoys A Bright Moment After Hurricane Sandy

The D.C. area fared rather well during Hurricane Sandy — something that has electric utility Pepco in the unusual position of accepting praise from both local officials and customers alike.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Treatment Plant Back Online After Dumping Sewage Into Howard Co. River

A Howard County sewage treatment plant dumped millions of gallons of sewage into an area river, and with power back on, officials are continuing to monitor bacteria levels.

Specialists Monitor Water Quality During And After Sandy

The verdict is out on the effects Hurricane Sandy will have on the area watershed, but water quality experts have been monitoring sediment levels before, during and after the storm.

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.