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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fairfax County Ditches Restriction To Electronic Signs

A Fairfax County zoning law restricting electronic signage to just two messages a day has been struck down in court, on first amendment grounds.

Memorial To Montgomery County 9/11 Victims Overshadowed, Literally

The memorial to Montgomery County's victims of the Sept. 11 attacks is designed to be illuminated at the time of the attacks, but new construction in the area will cast the park in shadow.

Mendelson Takes Reins As D.C. Council Chairman

Council member Phil Mendelson is taking over for Kwame Brown, who retired as council chair in the wake of his conviction this summer.

Storm Knocks Out Power For Thousands

Tornado warnings have  come and gone, but thousands of area residents are without power after strong gusts knocked down power lines across the D.C. area.

D.C. Area Officers Remember Sniper Attacks 10 Years Later

Members of the D.C. area law enforcement community will meet today to remember the 2002 sniper shootings that killed 10 as the D.C. area approaches the 10th anniversary of those violent acts. 

New Office Building Approved For Crystal City

The first major redevelopment for Arlington's Crystal City neighborhood was approved by the county board this week, and soon, an old office building will be demolished to make room for a new 24-story building.

Maryland Lawmakers Want Supreme Court Review Of DNA Case

A group of Maryland state lawmakers is urging the Supreme Court to review a case that overturned a law allowing law enforcement to collect DNA samples from violent criminals.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Federal Loan For Silver Line May Provide Toll Reprieve

If MWAA is able to secure a federal loan for Silver Line construction, as one area Congressman thinks they may, the burden borne by drivers on the Dulles Toll Road may be signficantly reduced.

Agreement Reached For Commercial Space Flights Out Of Virginia

Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport will operate commercial flights as part of the state's push to develop the facility as a premier site for space programs.

FBI Aids Investigation Into Mosque Vandalism

The FBI has lent its weight to a local investigation in Harrisonburg, Va., after an area mosque was the target of vandalism.

Council Members Call For Increased Funding For Homeless Families

D.C. Council members Jim Graham and Michael Brown expected to be greeted warmly as they announced a plan to direct funds to District family shelters, but they were met instead with anger and frustration.

Offshore Wind Development A Step Closer In Virginia, But Still A Way To Go

A deal is close to lease areas off of Virginia Beach for the construction power-generating wind turbines, but supporters of sustainable energy insist the government needs to be proactive about subsidizing wind power.

Metro Adds Rush Hour Exception For Folding Bikes

As part of its effort to become more bicycle friendly, Metro has announced that folding bicycles are now excempt from the ban against bikes during rush hour.

Analysis: Congress Works On Stopgap Measure, Lawmakers Return To Campaign Trail

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest issues for lawmakers this week.

Voter Registration Cards To Be Sent To Virginians

The Virginia State Board of Elections will mail about 4.7 million voter registration cards as part of a public awareness campaign for the new voter identification rules.