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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Metro Punts Again On Cell Phone Coverage Until 2015

Those frustrated with spotty cell phone service on the Metro may not get a reprieve until as late as 2015, as Metro's GM is asking Congress to extend their deadline by two years.

D.C. Council Considers Lowering Speed Camera Ticket Fines

The D.C. Council will consider lowering fines for speeding and red light infractions — just as they're also preparing to add more of those cameras to city streets.

Hearst Elementary Parents Want Answers On Renovation

Parents of students at DCPS's Hearst Elementary School in Tenleytown are pushing the District to make good on funding to renovate the school.

Coburn's 'Wastebook' Outlines Possible Budget Cuts

Sen. Tom Coburn, one of the "Gang of Eight" senators hoping to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, pointed out 18 programs full of unnecesary government spending in his annual "Wastebook." 

Boat Club Loses Fight Over Alley Access In Alexandria

The Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria has lost their court battle over use of a public alley near the city's waterfront. The city will now lease part of the alley to Virtue Feed & Grain, a restaurant that petitioned to use the space for outdoor seating.

Embattled MWAA Board Member Defends His Record

Dennis Martire, the criticized Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board member resigning today, talks about the accusations leveled against him and his fellow board members, the agency's missteps and the future of the Silver Line.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fairfax Board Approves $2.3B Tysons Corner Transportation Plan

Residents have balked at the $2.3 billion price tag for the Tysons Corner transit network expansion, but Fairfax lawmakers, who approved the plan Tuesday, insist that commercial properties will bear the brunt of the cost.

Gallaudet Diversity Officer Fires Back Over Petition Controversy

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After being put on administrative leave for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law on the ballot, Gallaudet's chief diversity officer is calling the school's response bullying and intolerant.

Alexandria Mayor Accuses Challenger Of Not Being 'Team Player'

At a candidates forum this week, Alexandria mayor Bill Euille and challenger Andrew Macdonald sparred over the latter being a "team player" and whether that was a necessary quality for the office.

Debate Chat: Presidential Town Hall At Hofstra University

The second of three Presidential debates will take place Tuesday night at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Join NPR bloggers and political editors tonight for a live chat starting at 8:30 p.m.

Practical Joke At D.C. High School Triggers Massive Emergency Response

A prank at St. John's College High School triggered a large D.C. Fire and hazmat crew response for what turned out to be a practical joke.

ATM Repair Man Stole Money From ATMs He Was Supposed To Fix

A West Virginia ATM technician has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the ATMs he was assigned to service.

Virginia General Fund Revenues Lag In September

Virginia's tax revenues are lagging behind projections due to uncertainty surrounding federal regulations, says the state's finance secretary.

EnviroCab Adds All-Electric Nissan Leaf To Its Fleet

Arlington taxi company EnviroCab is testing out the use of an all-electric vehicle as part of its 50-car fleet. 

D.C. Won't Renew Contract With Thompson's Company

The D.C. government is unlikely to renew its contract with Chartered Health Plan, the health care company owned by Jeffrey Thompson, the millionaire fundraiser who has been tied to Mayor Vince Gray's "shadow campaign" in 2010.

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