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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Realtors Help Prep Coastal Home Owners For Hurricane Sandy

Ocean City beach house owners are receiving help from local realtors in preparing their coastal properties for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Metro Suspends Operations For Hurricane Sandy

Metro has suspended all bus and rail services Monday in light of the forecasts of high winds and power outages expected over a wide swath of the D.C. area.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pepco President: Utility More Prepared Than During Derecho

Pepco got raked over the coals this summer for their relatively slow response to outages caused by a derecho storm. The utility's president says they see Sandy coming and are much more prepared this time.

As Hurricane Sandy Tracks Toward Coast, Residents Scramble For Supplies

Residents along the coast of the Delmarva peninsula are taking seriously forecasts that show Hurricane Sandy swiping the region — many stores are already sold out of generators, supplies.

Trick Or Track Work: Weekend Delays Abound On Metro

For those who plan to head to Halloween-themed festivities this weekend, you'll probably have to factor in some extra travel time on the Metro.

D.C.'s Juvenile Justice, Then And Now

A former inmate at D.C.'s Oak Hill juvenile detention facility takes a tour of this notoriously harsh prison — and then meets some residents of the city's new, progressive youth rehab center, New Beginnings.

Analysis: More Scandals At The D.C. Tax Office, A Rare Competitive General Election

The close general election race between  for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council has WAMU D.C. reporter Patrick Madden excited, and he also discusses the new scandal weighing on D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi.

Analysis: Patrick Moran Resigns From Father's Campaign, Obama, Romney Enter Final Stretch Before Election

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives the latest on the election campaigns.

D.C. Area Braces For Hurricane Sandy

Utilities and public officials throughout the D.C. area are hunkering down and dusting off their storm preparedness plans in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy early next week. 

Majority Of D.C. Residents Support Traffic Cameras

As the D.C. Council debates lowering speed camera fines, a new poll finds most city residents support the program.

Former UMD Students Sentenced For Shooting Threats

A former student at the University of Maryland who threatened to shoot up the school's College Park campus faces sentencing.

D.C. Schools Enrollment Highest In A Decade

D.C. Public Schools' enrollment in both traditional and charter schools has reached the highest level in a decade, according to the District's unaudited estimates.

Leading In Polls, Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Keep At It

Proponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law seem to have the advantage in the polls leading up to the Nov. 6 referendum on the measure, but that hasn't stopped them from working to rally support. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patience Is A Virtue: Metro Escalator Repairs Could Take Five Years

Metro riders from Dupont Circle waited eight months for their escalator repairs, which seemed long, but regulars at other Metro station may need to wait up to five years to see similar repairs.

Coastal Residents Getting Ready For Hurricane Sandy

Officials in Ocean City, Md. are concerned about the track being taken by Hurricane Sandy, which models suggest could hit the Delmarva Peninsula as it makes its way up from the south Atlantic.