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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Arlington Board Candidates Debate Merits Of Columbia Pike Streetcar

The Columbia Pike streetcar has been the most discussed issue in the campaign for Arlington County Board  — and the $250 million project doesn't have many staunch supporters among this year's candidates.

Fight On Police Union Referendum Heats Up In Montgomery County

Montgomery County residents will vote on several county-specific ballot questions in November, including one that would change the way the police chief negotiates with the police union. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sequestration Cuts Could Affect Area Infrastructure Spending

There is a lot at stake in the D.C. region if sequestration cuts go through next year, not least of which is funding for transportation projects and repairs.

D.C. Council Questions Officials Over Security Lapses In Tax Office

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Members of the D.C. Council grilled internal affairs officials Wednesday about the lingering security lapses in the District's Office of Tax and Revenue.

Actress Daphne Reid Broke Barriers Before Her Big Break

Actress Daphne Reid, better known as Will Smith's Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince In Bel Air, was first a racial pioneer as Northwestern University's first African-American homecoming queen.

Two-Thirds Of Virginia Students Meet Education Goals

Virginia is operating on new annual benchmarks in place of those imposed by the No Child Left Behind Act, and this year 68 percent of students met expectations.

Anti-Muslim Ads In Metro Provoke Protests

The controversial Metro ads, which liken Muslims to savages, have been the subject of protests. Protesters in Takoma Wednesday say the signed represents bigotry and not Jewish belief.

Analysis: Contractors Play Waiting Game On Sequestration

Goverment Executive's Tom Shoop talks about contractors' change of heart about sending out layoff notices in light of the pending across-the-board budget cuts, and where they stand now as talks continue.

Nats Fizzle In First Home Playoff Game In 79 Years

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The Natitude was strong amongst fans at Nationals Park Wednesday afternoon, but unfortunately that did not translate to success on the field, as the Cardinals down the Nats 8-0.

Environmentalists Target Maryland Farm That Supplies Purdue

A New York-based environmental group is trying to get at massive chicken producer Purdue through a small, Maryland family farm that supplies it.

Maryland Rep. Uses Her Campaigning Chops Away From Home

Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D) has been splitting time between her own campaign in Maryland and a role with the national campaign committee helping out other candidates in races around the country.

Sound Familiar? New App Orders D.C. Taxis, Pays Fares, Via Smartphone

Although a plan to install credit card machines in all D.C. taxis still hangs in limbo, a new smartphone app allows taxi customers to order a D.C. taxi to their location via their smartphone and to pay using an approved credit card.  

Montgomery County's Question A Supports Hiring Disabled

Montgomery County voters will have several initiatives on their ballot in this year's election, including a measure that allows the county to recruit and hire more individuals with disabilities. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Alexandria To Reconfigure King Street Metro Station

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The maze of idling taxis, cars and buses in front of the King Street Metro will be no more after a $7 million renovation plan that will turn the Alexandria transportation hub into a more pedestrian-friendly place.

Analysis: Breaking Down Sequestration Cuts In Terms Of Jobs

The so-called "fiscal cliff" is just two and a half months away, and a new report has been released showing just what kind of job cuts we can expect if the automatic cuts are not averted.