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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Washington Monument Climbers Finish Up

washington monument climber

The engineers that have captivated the D.C. region by rappelling outside of the Washington Monument wrapped up their inspection for earthquake damage on Wednesday.

Verdict Is Murder For Va. Grandmother

carmela dela rosa

A jury has found 50-year-old Carmela dela Rosa guilty of first degree murder for dropping her 2-year-old granddaughter off a pedestrian bridge near Tysons Corner Mall.

Dominion Offers Discount To Electric Car Owners

tesla roadster

Owners of electric cars will get a break from Dominion Power when they plug in their rides during non-peak hours.

Not Expecting Much From Deficit Super Committee

u.s. capitol building

National Journal Daily's Matthew Cooper doesn't think the deficit-cutting super committee will get the job done, nor does he think the fallout would be as bad as people think.

The Hill: Senate Votes On Obama's Jobs Bill, Bernanke On Capitol Hill

President Obama's jobs bill was put to an early test int eh Senate this week as Republicans forced a vote on the measure. 

National Cathedral Repairs To Cost $25M

Officials at the National Cathedral now say it will cost upwards of $25 million to repair the damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region in August. 

DHS Chief Defends Immigration Policies

janet napolitano

Amid growing controversy over Alabama's recently-passed immigration law, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reinforced her department's position on immigration.

Virginia Gov. Calls For 'Reason' In Offshore Drilling Regulation

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Lawmakers from the Southern States Energy Board met in Alexandria this week, and many of them lamented the increased regulations the Obama administration has imposed on energy companies during the economic downturn.

Montgomery Council Awaits Wal-Mart Plan

Close-up of Wal-Mart cart

They won't receive the plan until next year, but council members in Montgomery County are already battling over an effort to build a second Wal-Mart in the county.

Area Lawmakers Work To Change Budget Process

Deadlock in the Congressional budget progress has only further hurt Congress' standing in the public's eye. Two area lawmakers have ideas to change the process.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 5

Army Choir

Flashpoint gets specific, Dance Exchange gets crafty, the American Art Museum gets Encuentros and St. John’s gets the U.S. Army Chorus.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MoCo Planning Process Speeds Up

While some worry that developers will ignore residents' needs if planning processes were sped up, signs show there are at least some benefits.

Wolf Rebukes Norquist On House Floor

grover norquist

Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf (R) admonished the strict anti-tax policies of Grover Norquist, saying his fellow GOP lawmakers have to be more flexible to tackle the deficit.

Ethics Task Force Rejected By D.C. Council

Council members resoundingly rejected Vincent Orange's ethics reform bill yesterday, saying the existing ethics reform effort needs time to take shape.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New D.C. Gardening Program Takes Root

gardening

Local schools are starting to reap the benefits of a gardening program introduced as part of the Healthy Schools Act last year.

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