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Monday, September 3, 2012

Georgetown To Get More Surveillance Cameras

A Georgetown neighborhood association is facing criticism from some residents for installing additional security surveillance cameras around the neighborhood. 

Arlington Schools Not Backing Down On New Busing Rules

Some parents in Arlington County aren't looking forward to the first day of school Tuesday, as more than 1,000 Arlington students who previously took the bus have to find another way to get to school.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Trust Seeks Volunteers To Work At National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is looking for volunteers that will help direct tourists and other visitors during the 2013 presidential inauguration.

Labor Day Concert On Capitol Lawn Moved To Kennedy Center

The National Symphony Orchestra will take the stage indoors tonight at its annual Labor Day concert, after U.S. Capitol Police decided to move the show to the Kennedy Center due to predicted bad weather.

Fashion Statement: Ben Franklin's Suit Purchased By Smithsonian

An 18th-century silk suit worn by Benjamin Franklin when he convinced the French to team up with the U.S. during the American Revolution will become part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's American history museum.

Sargent Shriver To Be Honored By Maryland Dems At DNC

Maryland Democrats will hold a special remembrance of former vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver at next week's Democratic National Convention.

D.C.'s Turner Elementary Like New After $30M Renovation

Turner Elementary School students in the District started school last week in what felt like entirely new digs, thanks to a $30 million renovation to the school that happened over the summer. 

Reagan National Airport Gets More Automated Parking Machines

There are now more automated machines to pay for parking, as well as no-ticket, credit card-based parking payment systems at Reagan National Airport. 

Architects Employ A Can-Do Attitude For A Cause

Architects from around the region are getting their hands dirty — and making people hungry — at the annual CANstruction event at the National Building Museum this weekend. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Half Of Fines For Virginia Tech Shooting Reinstated

Half of the fines levied against Virginia Tech for being slow to react to the tragic shooting in 2007 have been upheld by the U.S. Education Secretary.

Berlin Fire Dept. Budget Slashed Following Allegations

Following allegations that the Berlin Fire Department and EMS had failed to address allegations of discrimination and harassment, the mayor and city council cut the budget.

Arlington Bike Lanes Going Green, Literally

Arlington County will be applying a fresh coat of green paint to certain high-trafficked bike lanes, in an effort to raise their visibility for the cars with home the cyclists share the road.

Bid For Third Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Denied

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shot down a bid for a third nuclear power plant in Maryland's Calvert Cliffs, citing the 1954 Atomic Energy Act.

District Department Of Environment Director Fired

The Director the Department of Environment in the District has been fired, with officials citing a "serious breach of protocol" as the pretext.

Tapes Of Ellicott City Derailment 911 Calls Released

The NTSB investigation into the Ellicott City, Md., train derailment continues, but authorities have released the 911 tapes of horrified witnesses to the accident which killed two young women.