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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

D.C. May Ease Up On Reckless Driving Penalties

D.C. lawmakers are considering lowering penalties for reckless driving so that a conviction would not necessarily trigger an automatic loss of license.

MWAA Board Member Resigns After Legal Fight

Dennis Martire, an embattled member of the Metropolitan Airports Authority Board told his colleagues at a meeting Wednesday that he will resign effective next month.

No Explanation Yet For Morning Power Problems On Red Line

Metro experienced major delays on the Red Line this morning as a result of a power problems on both ends of the line, and a cause, or even a relationship between the two problem sites, is as yet unknown.

Streetcar Advocates See A Walkable Community For Columbia Pike

Advocates hope a new streetcar line will create a vibrant, walkable community along Columbia Pike in Arlington, but planners say it takes a lot more than transit to transform a neighborhood.

Evans: D.C. Council Shouldn't Review Large Contracts

D.C. Council member Jack Evans is looking to take the city's largest contracts out of the council's hands, citing the recent struggle surrounding the D.C. lottery contract. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Analysis: With Sequestration Looming, Congress Looks At 'Down Payment'

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to avoid dramatic sequestration cuts, but it's looking less likely that a deal will be brokered before the end of the year, so The Hill's Alex Bolton says they may have to work out a temporary compromise.

Anxiety Abounds For National Zoo's New Panda Cub

Glimpses of the National Zoo's new panda cub have been rare so far, and zoo officials are anxious about its health, since cubs are prone to infection and even being crushed.

Displaced Workers Bill Passes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County has passed a contentious law that offers low-wage contract workers extra job protections for when contractors and employers terminate the contracts under which they're employed.

Fairfax County Ditches Restriction To Electronic Signs

A Fairfax County zoning law restricting electronic signage to just two messages a day has been struck down in court, on first amendment grounds.

Memorial To Montgomery County 9/11 Victims Overshadowed, Literally

The memorial to Montgomery County's victims of the Sept. 11 attacks is designed to be illuminated at the time of the attacks, but new construction in the area will cast the park in shadow.

Mendelson Takes Reins As D.C. Council Chairman

Council member Phil Mendelson is taking over for Kwame Brown, who retired as council chair in the wake of his conviction this summer.

Storm Knocks Out Power For Thousands

Tornado warnings have  come and gone, but thousands of area residents are without power after strong gusts knocked down power lines across the D.C. area.

D.C. Area Officers Remember Sniper Attacks 10 Years Later

Members of the D.C. area law enforcement community will meet today to remember the 2002 sniper shootings that killed 10 as the D.C. area approaches the 10th anniversary of those violent acts. 

New Office Building Approved For Crystal City

The first major redevelopment for Arlington's Crystal City neighborhood was approved by the county board this week, and soon, an old office building will be demolished to make room for a new 24-story building.

Maryland Lawmakers Want Supreme Court Review Of DNA Case

A group of Maryland state lawmakers is urging the Supreme Court to review a case that overturned a law allowing law enforcement to collect DNA samples from violent criminals.