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Monday, August 6, 2012

Generators Cited For Baltimore Carbon Monoxide Poisonings

Nearly 60 people were sickened early Monday with carbon monoxide poisoning, which firefighters are now attributing to generators.

Maryland Casino Returning Slots, Citing Declining Revenue

The casino in Perryville, Md. is returning a third of their 1,500 slot machines to the state, saying that the new casino in Anne Arundel County is siphoning off their revenues.

Lane Openings Unencumber Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Motorists finally got to see the fruits of the $2.5 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge improvement project on Monday, with five lanes going in each direction doing much to alleviate the traffic bottleneck.

Virginia Legislator Confronts Virginia's Dark History Of Eugenics

On the 85th anniversary of a Supreme Court ruling upholding Virginia's eugenics law, a delegate in the commonwealth is calling for compensation for victims of forced sterilization.

'The Town That Fooled The British' In The War of 1812, Prepares For Bicentennial

While the War of 1812 is often overshadowed by other national conflicts, St. Michaels  prepares to bring its role in the war to life for the bicentennial celebration in 2013.

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. 

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