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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why D.C. Solar Advocates Are Opposed To Pepco Merger With Exelon

One of Pepco's biggest cheerleaders these days is DC SUN — a group that advocates for community solar power. They say a proposed merger with Exelon could compromise the District's progress with distributed renewables.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Congress Moves To Block D.C. Marijuana Legalization Approved By D.C. Voters

As part of a massive $1.1 trillion, 1,600-page spending bill unveiled on Tuesday night, Congress is likely to block the implementation of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative that was overwhelmingly endorsed by D.C. voters in November.

A Battle Expected Over School Spending In Montgomery County

A budget battle is brewing between the Montgomery County school system and the county council.

Rep. Andy Harris Hears From D.C. Residents During Marijuana Keynote

D.C. residents still aren't happy with Maryland Republican Andy Harris meddling in local affairs, and some let him know it today at an event focusing on the effects of marijuana.

D.C. Election Ends In Tie, Setting Up High-Noon Casting Of Lots

The voters couldn't decide an Advisory Neighborhood Commission race in one D.C. neighborhood, so now it will be left up to chance.

How To Help Family Of Victims In Gaithersburg Plane Crash

A small plane crash Monday morning killed a mother and two children in their Gaithersburg, Maryland home, prompting an outpouring of financial support for the family.

Pot Legalization Proponents Say Congress Will Block D.C. Initiative

Proponents of marijuana legalization in the District are warning that Congress is moving to stop the District from implementing a ballot initiative approved by voters in November that would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana.

On Verge Of Being Closed, D.C. Charter School Fights Back

A D.C. public charter school on the verge of being closed is asking for more time to prove that it can effectively educate its students — a request that's rarely granted in the fast-churning world of charter schools.

Safety Oversight Issues Cleared, 7000-Series Metro Cars Coming In Early 2015

Concerns over safety paperwork appeared like they would put a hold on the debut of the new 7000-series Metro cars, but they may now be on track.

A Tale of Two Counties: Loudoun Versus Prince William

New numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show income growth in two Northern Virginia counties are on very different economic paths, despite relatively close proximity.

How Would A Merger With Exelon Affect Pepco's Reliability?

Pepco has been making strides to improve reliability in D.C. since it's low point in the wake of the derecho storm in 2012. But with a merger with energy giant Exelon in the pipeline, some wonder whether that improvement is at-risk.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Developer Won't Be Allowed To Shut Down Portion Of I-395 In D.C., At Least Not Yet

A developer was hoping to close a busy stretch of I-395 in Washington for more than a year to expedite a construction projection, but it appears that plan may be shelved, but not for the reasons you might think.

Six Dead After Gaithersburg Plane Crash

A small plane came down in a residential neighborhood close to the Montgomery County Airpark this morning, killing three people onboard and three inside a home.

Frustrations Mount With New Doubts About 2014 Streetcar Launch

Businesses and residents along H Street are impatient to see the long-awaited streetcar begin operations, with parking spots disappearing in favor of streetcars that continue safety runs without passengers.

UVA Students Reflect On 'Rolling Stone' Retraction

After Rolling Stone Magazine identified "discrepancies" in a story published last month detailing a sexual assault at the University of Virginia, some students say the magazine is the real abuser.