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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Local Workers Head To Vigial Outside Verizon CEO's Home

Striking Verizon workers from Virginia to Massachusetts plan to hold a candle light vigil outside of CEO Lowell McAdam's home in Mendham, N.J. today, according to Associated Press.

D.C. Announces 9/11 Plans

The District is laying out its plans to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Tests Show No Oil In Substance Found In Anacostia River

Initial tests indicated a presence of a petroleum-based substance in the Anacostia River, but when the U.S. Coast Guard followed up with a water assessment on Tuesday, they found no oil.

Virginia Man Faces Execution For Elderly Woman’s Death In 2001

Virginia is scheduled to execute a man from Williamsburg tonight, using a new drug mix that's been contested in other states.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Airports Authority Meets Today On Dulles Rail Budget

The Dulles Corridor Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board meets today with the full board to provide an update on the budget for the Dulles rail project.

Coast Guard To Continue Testing On Substance Spilled In Anacostia

The U.S. Coast Guard is now the lead agency tasked with determining just exactly what was spilled onto the Anacostia River near Benning Road NE. Thus far, authorities have been unable to determine the source of the contamination despite extensive tests.

Discipline Policy Still An Issue in Fairfax School Board Race

The long-running discussion about discipline in Fairfax County's public school system is the motivation behind at least one candidate's decision to run for the school board.

Virginia Health Officials Warning Swimmers Of Parasite

Virginia's health department is warning swimmers to beware of a deadly parasite that lives in stagnant water. The warning comes after a child in Virginia died of a related infection.

Police Uncover Large Insurance Policy In Robyn Gardner Case

Aruban authorities say they're planning an extensive search, using military forces if necessary, for a woman from Frederick, Md. who was reported missing August 2.

Va. Housing Commission Looks To Tweak Timeshare Laws

It's been nearly three decades since the Virginia General Assembly has made major changes to the state laws governing timeshares. But since that time, reports of problems with timeshare arrangements have accumulated and state lawmakers say it may be time for an overhaul.

Md. Farmers Flock To Nitrogen-Eating 'Cover Crops'

Farmers markets all across the region are currently filled with the bounty of this year's harvest. Come winter, state farmers will continue to grow -- but these crops will never make it to market.

AAA Wants College Park, MD Speed Cam Removed

A speed camera in College Park is drawing the ire of The American Automobile Association (AAA) Mid-Atlantic and the camera's neighbors.

Massive Police Raid Seizes Bootlegged Items On Maryland's Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City police raided two dozen boardwalk stores and confiscated mass quantities of bootlegged and fraudulent merchandise in what is being called the largest raid of its kind in the town's history.

In Lululemon Murder Trial, Lawyers May Use Mental Health Defense

Lawyers for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda say they plan to call at least one mental health expert at the October trial, according to the Associated Press.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Md. Governor Will Reintroduce Septic Tank Ban

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is celebrating one milestone in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's getting ready for a fight on another.

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