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Friday, September 21, 2012

On the Coast: Food Banks In Tourist Towns Gear Up for Winter

As the cooler weather arrives and fewer tourists flock to the beach, many residents who work in seasonal jobs rely on food banks to keep food on the table.

Programs Imitate People In Experimental Eco-House

At a new experimental house run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, software programs replicate the day-to-day activities of humans. The goal is to demonstrate that an energy-efficient house can be "net zero," not consuming more energy than it produces.

D.C.'s 'Marathon Man' Of Jazz Celebrates A Lifetime Of Making Music

Jazz legend Andrew White has spent a lifetime making up his own rules — both for making music, and for running his prolific one-man publishing company, "Andrew's Music," which turns 41 years old this month.

This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We'll bring you a veritable cornucopia of stories this week — from a teacher who's venting his frustrations in a very public way, to an artist who's finding inspiration by painting strangers on the street.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Virginia Gets $74M In Federal Funding For Rail Link

Virginia will get $74 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund high speed rail connections between D.C. and Charlotte, N.C.

Aung San Suu Kyi Honored During D.C. Trip

After receiving the highest congressional honor in Washington last night, Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to receive another honor by American University later today.

Sen. Paul Holds Up Federal Funding Bill

A bill to fund the federal government until well after the November elections has hit a snag in the Senate.

Virginia Begins Closing Training Centers For Disabled

Training centers in Virginia for the developmentally disabled are beginning to shut down as part of a settlement agreement.

Wednesday's Red Line Meltdown Leaves Riders Dejected

Wednesday's Red Line woes have a lot of Metro commuters weary of the ongoing issues with the city's transit system. 

Michael Brown Wants Publicly Financed Council Races

One D.C. Council member is calling on the city to examine publicly financed campaigns after some recent trouble with his own campaign accounts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fairfax County Joins Virginia In Suing EPA Over Runoff

New standards for controlling stormwater runoff have brought together Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Fairfax County government in a suit against the EPA.

Montgomery County Salutes Its WWII Veterans

As part of an effort to fill volunteer seats on their board of veterans affairs, Montgomery County reached out to and honored the WWII residents in its midst.

Analysis: Uncertainty Abounds For Federal Employees Facing Cuts

Discussions of a stop-gap measure to fund the federal government until a longer-term deal on sequestration can be brokered has done little to quell the uncertainties for federal employees.

D.C. Council Shoots Down Capital Gains Tax Cut

A proposal from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to lower the capital gains tax for investors in District-based technology companies has been shot down by the council.

Court Rules UVA Doesn't Have To Turn Over Climate Scientist's Emails

A Virginia court has sided with the University of Virginia, after a conservative group sought the release of one of the university's former climate scientist's emails, in an apparent attempt to discredit him.