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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Richmond Highway Plan Will Affect Cemetery Or Stables

Federal officials are weeks away from making a final decision about how and where to widen Virginia's Richmond Highway to accommodate an expansion at Fort Belvior.

BWI Airport Receives Grant To Improve Runways

BWI-Marshall Airport has received a $12 million grant for the first phase of bringing Runway 10-28 up to FAA safety standards.

No Plans For Water Contamination Signs At Fort Detrick

Despite the presence of chemicals in surface water at Fort Detrick, Army health officials have no plans to post warning signs.

Iowa Senator Investigating FDA Spy Program

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is continuing his probe of the Food and Drug Administration over what he says was an effort to spy on government employees.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maryland Black Bear Population Rises, As Will Hunting Limits

Black bear populations in portions of southern Maryland have doubled since 2005, and

Advocates For AIDS Awareness Descend On The District

Before the 19th annual International AIDS Conference kicks off this week in the District, hundreds of health advocates from across the country are arriving in one awareness-raising wave.

Maryland Gambling Legislation Expected Next Week

A draft of the proposed legislation that would expand gambling in the state of Maryland is expected to emerge some time next week, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

National Zoo Hatches A Pair Of Cuban Crocodiles

With less than 4,000 Cuban crocodiles left in the wild, it was a big achievement this month when the National Zoo hatched a pair of males, for the first time in a quarter century.

Delaware Braced For Traffic Influx From Firefly Festival

Tens of thousands of music lovers are headed to Delaware this weekend to see acts like Jack White and the Black Keys at the Firefly Festival. Officials are braced to try and prevent a traffic nightmare for beachgoers in the area.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Analysis: Gray's Popularity, Pepco's Grilling, And The Kickoff Of Virginia's Senate Race

There are political stories aplenty in the D.C. area this week. Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney tackles Mayor Gray's polling numbers, Pepco being taken to task, and the high-profile Virginia Senate debate.

Leesburg Man Pleads Guilty For Spying On Syrian Dissidents

A Leesburg, Va., man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Friday for spying on Syrian dissidents based in the U.S. at the behest of the Syrian government.

MPD Increases Security Around Movie Theaters

If you're headed to the movie theater this weekend, expect to see an increase police presence, as the MPD sends extra officers to increase security around screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Red Line Hit Hardest By Weekend Track Work

It's Red Line riders who will feel the sting of track work this weekend, as closures at Medical Center and Bethesda will add 30 minutes to travel times.

Alexandria Officials Seek Election Help

Officials in Alexandra are putting the word out for election officers.

Commission Denies Pepco Rate Increase Request

The Maryland Public Service Commission denied Pepco's request for a 4 percent rate increase, citing the utility's history of poor performance, even as thousands remain without power.