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Monday, August 6, 2012

Senate Committee Reaches Deal On Tax Credits Before Recess

Before leaving town for a month, Senate lawmakers managed to cobble together a bipartisan compromise on tax credits, but it's unclear if it would gain any traction in the House. 

Congress Leaves For Recess Without 'Cleaning House'

Congressional lawmakers are officially on August recess, but some local representatives are criticizing their peers for leaving town with so much unfinished business still on the table.

Preservationists Eye Historic Impact Of Union Station Upgrade

Preservationists are concerned that plans for the expansion of Union Station will affect its historic and cultural character. 

More People Biking To Metro Means A Need For More Bike Racks

The number of people bicycling to Metro has increased in the past year, and now WMATA officials are looking at how to increase 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Federal Program Offers Private-School Vouchers To D.C. Students

Nearly 300 D.C. students were the recipients of vouchers last week, as part of a federal program that allows students to enroll in private schools.

Study Tracks How School Start Dates Affect Tourism

Does the date of the first day of school have an effect on family travel patterns? According to a new study they do, which supports claims by the proponents of Virginia's "King's Dominion Law."

Sullivan Reinstatement Saga A Boon For UVA Donations

It was a trying for the students and faculty of the University of Virginia after president Teresa Sullivan was forced to resign, before ultimately being reinstated amid outcry. It was, however, a major boon to donations.

Trial Rescheduled For Anne Arundel Exec

The trial of John Leopold, the Anne Arundel County Executive accused of abusing his security detail for personal and political ends, has been postponed until next year.

Tour Guide In Your Pocket: National Zoo Puts Out iPhone App

Ever feel like you weren't getting the full experience at the National Zoo? There's now an iPhone app that offers guided tours, GPS-enabled maps and live feeds of the District's most popular animals — including pandas, of course.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Congress Heads Out Of Town Without Bailing Out Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service didn't get a reprieve from Congress before lawmakers left town; the agency will now default on $5 billion in payments for retirees' health plans. 

General Lee's 'Special Order 191' On Display In Maryland

History buffs can get a glimpse of an 1862 document that some say changed the course of the American Civil War in Frederick County, Md. starting this week. 

Man Killed After Stepping In Front Of Metro Train

A man was fatally struck by a Metro Red line train at the Rockville station Saturday after he intentionally placed himself in the path of the train, according to Metropolitan Transit Police.

Allen, Kaine Make Rounds On Campaign Trail

Virginia senatorial candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine held a number of campaign events this week addressing jobs, sustainable energy, and the Bush-era tax cuts, among other issues. 

Medicare Lawsuit Against Baltimore Hospital Dismissed

A judge has ruled in favor of a Baltimore hospital, clearing the facility that had been accused of over-charging Medicaid, Medicare, and another federal government healthcare program. 

An App, A Map, And Some Old-Fashioned Police Work

The Prince George's County Police department joined forces with more than a million Twitter users for some unconventional police work this week: tracking down New York Times tech columnist David Pogue's iPhone.