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Friday, August 24, 2012

Candidates For Virginia's Second District Pitch Bipartisanship

In a Congressional District that defies easy categorization, both the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger are touting their ability to compromise as a major selling point.

Virginia Firefighters Raise Funds To Help Family Of Fallen Marine

A Virginia marine was killed last week in Afghanistan by one of the local police he was working to train. A group has banded together near his hometown to raise money for his wife and four children.

VDOT Warns Of Construction Delays On I-66

Progress on the 495 Express Lanes project his weekend will bog down traffic on I-66 westbound approaching Capitol Hill.

Weekend Track Work Snarls Red, Orange Lines

Metro track work will be less pervasive this weekend than in weeks past, with buses replacing trains on a stretch of the Orange Line and two areas of single tracking on the Red Line.

Analysis: Gray To Push Statehood At DNC, Virginia's Voter ID Law Draws Concerns

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C.s push to get statehood an issue ahead of the national conventions, and why NIH's battle with a resistant superbug is just now becoming public.

History Comes Alive At The Bladensburg Visitors Center

The Battle of Bladensburg was not America's finest moment in the War of 1812, but it's important part of D.C. area history, and one residents can learn about at the new visitor's center.

Prince George's Officer To Be Honored At Redskins Game

A Prince George's County police officer that was killed in a crash last Monday, will be honored at Saturday's Washington's Redskins game.

Virginia Community Unites For Fallen Marine

The small community of Altavista in Virginia is coming together to honor a fallen marine, and give his family a hand.

Virginia's SNAP Schedule To Change In October

In an effort toward a more effective distribution, Virginia officials are changing when they distribute SNAP benefits.

Supporters Happy With SEC Rules Regarding Financial Transparency Law

Congress finally writes rules to enforce a financial transparency law that was passed two years ago.

Two Dead, Several Wounded In Empire Building Shooting

Several people are wounded, and two are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting near the Empire State Building.

Congress Asked To Serve Tap Water At Inauguration

In an effort to save money and be more environmentally friendly, some lawmakers are asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the presidential inauguration.

Future Of Lost Graves At Fort Ward Unknown

Alexandria city leaders are finishing up archeology of long-forgotten African-American graves at Fort Ward Park. And now, opinions are divided about what should happen next.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DC Water Challenges Residents To Taste The Tap

Tap water is not only more environmentally sound than bottled water, but DC Water is keen to prove to District residents that it tastes as good, or better.

Ravens Fans Cautioned About Possible Rabies Exposure

The Baltimore Ravens are known to have a rabid fanbase, but health officials are cautioning that a run-in with a bat at M&T Stadium may actually have put fans at risk for contracting rabies.