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Saturday, September 1, 2012

District Department Of Environment Director Fired

The Director the Department of Environment in the District has been fired, with officials citing a "serious breach of protocol" as the pretext.

Tapes Of Ellicott City Derailment 911 Calls Released

The NTSB investigation into the Ellicott City, Md., train derailment continues, but authorities have released the 911 tapes of horrified witnesses to the accident which killed two young women.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Reflecting Pool Reopens On The National Mall

After two years and $34 million, the reflecting pool on the Washington National Mall is finally back in shape and open for some picturesque tourist photos.

Rising Sea Levels Could Make Assateague Island Disappear

Sea levels are expected to rise over the next century, and low-lying Assateague Island National Park is at risk of disappearing entirely, according to a report.

Republican Maryland Senate Candidate Energized By RNC

Republican Dan Bongino still only has an outside chance of unseating incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, but he's been energized by the political activists at the Republican National Convention.

No Metro Track Work Reprieve For Labor Day Weekend

The good news: weekend track work has been suspended for the Green and Yellow Lines. The bad news: there's still weekend track work on the Red, Orange and Blue Lines, Labor Day or not.

Online Prostitution Ring Owner Gets 3-Year Sentence

The owner of an online prostitution ring that generated millions from the D.C. area has been sentenced to three years in prison.

View From The Convention Floor: Kojo Offers His Impressions From The RNC

Coverage of the Republican National Convention has focused largely on headliners, so Kojo Nnamdi offered his impressions from the floor of the convention in Tampa, Fla.

D.C. Area College Football Teams Kick Off Seasons

The area's four Division 1-A college football teams are kicking off the season this weekend.

Analysis: Bob McDonnell and Martin O'Malley Speak At RNC

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the response Gov. Bob McDonnell and Gov. Martin O'Malley received during their speeches at the Republican National Convention.

RNC 2012 Roundup: Romney’s Big Night; Clint Eastwood’s Bizarre Antics

Mitt Romney accepts his party's nomination with a speech channelling Reagan, Clint Eastwood mixes things up by interviewing an invisible President Obama and Kojo at the conventions focuses on education.

Virginia Working To Ensure Every Vote Is Counted

Virginia's State Board of Elections is taking measures to ensure every vote is counted in the upcoming presidential election.

Michelle Rhee Talks Education At RNC

Former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says Republicans and Democrats have more similarities than differences when it comes to education.

Virginia Republicans Give Support To Romney

Virginia delegates who attended the Republican National Convention are standing behind Romney, and accusing the media of portraying the Republican presidential nominee in a bad light.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Youngest Convention Delegate Sees Success For Romney In Virginia

The youngest delegate at the Republican National Convention is an Alexandria native, and the 17-year-old believes that Mitt Romney's message with resonate in Northern Virginia.