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Friday, August 24, 2012

Congress Asked To Serve Tap Water At Inauguration

In an effort to save money and be more environmentally friendly, some lawmakers are asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the presidential inauguration.

Future Of Lost Graves At Fort Ward Unknown

Alexandria city leaders are finishing up archeology of long-forgotten African-American graves at Fort Ward Park. And now, opinions are divided about what should happen next.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DC Water Challenges Residents To Taste The Tap

Tap water is not only more environmentally sound than bottled water, but DC Water is keen to prove to District residents that it tastes as good, or better.

Ravens Fans Cautioned About Possible Rabies Exposure

The Baltimore Ravens are known to have a rabid fanbase, but health officials are cautioning that a run-in with a bat at M&T Stadium may actually have put fans at risk for contracting rabies.

Loudoun County Makes Recycling Easier

Loudoun County is giving people another reason to recycle... at no cost.

Maryland Legislator Admits To Drinking Before Boat Collision

Maryland Del. Donald Dwyer admitted to drinking alcohol before a boat he was operating collided with another boat on a river in Pasadena, Md., on Wednesday, hurting him and five others.

Report Says Hunger Is A Problem In Classrooms

In a survey, more than half of Maryland teachers say they hunger is a regular issue among students in their classrooms.

Derailment Cleanup Continues In Ellicott City

Ellicott City, Md. is still picking up the pieces after a coal train that derailed in the area early Tuesday morning, killing two teen girls. 

Officials Update Earthquake Emergency Procedure

Last summer's 5.8-maganitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region has caused officials to review and alter earthquake emergency plans.

George Huguely's Request For New Trial Denied

A judge has denied fromer UVA lacrosse player George Huguely's request for a new trial after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, earlier this year. Huguely will be sentenced Aug.30. 

D.C. Mayor Turns Focus To DNC In Statehood Fight

D.C.'s ongoing battle for statehood faced a setbacks this week as Republicans made their opposition to statehood part of the national platform. Now, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will turn his attention to Democrats. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

National Cathedral Repairs Begin On Anniversary Of Earthquake

A crocket stone was blessed and put into place on Thursday afternoon, as repairs on the National Cathedral officially begin on the anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region.

GOP Convention A Big Moment For Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

The Republican National Convention, which is slated to begin next Monday, may be the moment that Gov. Bob McDonnell gets his big push into the national limelight.

Officials Work To Mitigate Effects Of Derailment On Ellicott City

While no explanation as to the cause of the train derailment in Ellicott City, Md., has been offered yet, rail company CSX is working on cleaning up the spilled coal and compensating local businesses.

Washington Monument On Firm Foundation, Even After Earthquake

The Washington Monument didn't sink at all, even after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region almost one year ago, according to a report.