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Friday, July 6, 2012

Green Line Train Derails

Metro is experiencing significant delays after a train derailed on the Green Line.

Spiritual Leader Hands Out Hugs

An Indian spiritual leader is drawing thousands of people into an Alexandria ballroom... all of them coming for one thing: a hug.

Record-Breaking Heat Hits D.C. Area

The D.C. area experienced record-breaking heat on Saturday, as temperatures reached 105 degrees.

Public Hearing To Be Held On Pepco's Storm Performance

D.C.'s Public Service Commission is planning to hold a public hearing for residents to weigh in on Pepco's performance after last week's storm.

Metro Stations Closed, Weekend Delays Continue

Metro riders, brace yourselves. It's going to be a hot weekend filled with Metro delays.

Fairfax County Gang Member Gets 10-Year Sentence

A gang member from Fairfax County received a 10-year prison sentence for his role in trafficking local high school girls.

Analysis: Utility Companies Face Criticism After D.C. Area Storm

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of the utility companies' performance in handling last Friday's storm.

Shenandoah Fires Under Control

Two forest fires sparked by lighting last month in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is slowly getting under control.

Virginia's Voter ID Law Takes Effect

Virginia's voter identification law went into effect this week after dominating discourse in the state for the better part of this year's legislative session.

Woodbridge Trailer Park Residents Evicted By County

Dozens of people found themselves stranded yesterday when Prince William County evicted them from their homes in the Holly Acres trailer park in Woodbridge. The eviction comes after a protracted fight between the owners and the county.

Talk About Timing: Pepco Rate Hike On Maryland PSC's Docket

In what could be the most unfortunate timing ever, electric utility Pepco's proposed rate hike will come up for a vote at the Maryland Public Service commission next week — just days after the region's massive power outages. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Saturday Is 'Chuck Brown Tribute Day' At Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is dedicating Saturday to a day-long tribute to D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown.

At Folklife, Troupe Celebrates African Heritage With Pulse-Pounding Beats

An all-girl group called the Taratibu Youth Association celebrates their cultural heritage while simultaneously building the confidence and character of its dancers.

Proposal Puts Smart Meters In D.C. Cabs By End Of Year

In a move long sought after by the cab-faring population of the District, the city is planning to ink a deal that would install smart meters that would enable riders to pay by credit card in all licensed D.C. cabs by the end of the year.

Even Arlington Cemetery Can't Escape Storm Damage

As storm damage continues to be assessed around the D.C. Metro area, officials at Arlington National Cemetery report that they lost some trees and will have to replace headstones as well.