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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MPD Officer In Charge Of Police Escorts Demoted

The commander of the special operations division for D.C.'s police department says he's been demoted, according to an Associated Press report.

DDOT Giving Away 500 Bike Helmets To Capital Bikeshare Members

Members of Capital Bikeshare that don't have helmets might soon be getting them for free, as the District plans a helmet giveaway program at bike events around the city this fall.

Virginia Governor Creates Task Force To Monitor Mark Center Traffic

The first wave of employees being relocated to the Washington Headquarters Service at the Mark Center in Alexandria is moving in this week as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Council Members Rake In Dollars As Wells Attempts Campaign Finance Reform

As the D.C. Council considers a proposal from Council member Tommy Wells to limit corporations and their owners from making multiple campaign donations, campaign finance records show council members continue to rake in cash through the practice.

Police Chief To Go Ahead With 'All Hands on Deck' This Weekend

D.C. police chief Kathy Lanier says she plans to go ahead with her 'All Hands on Deck' policy this weekend, despite a ruling by the Public Employee Relations Board. The program has prompted a battle between police officers and the force's top cop.

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Law Banning Attempts To Lure Children Into Cars

Virginia's crime commission is considering making it a crime to try to lure a child into a car.

Bethesda's New Electric Car Charging Station Was Kids' Idea

This week's installation of Maryland's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger might not have been possible without the encouragement of a group of teen siblings.

Seniors Beat the Heat With Free Indoor Workshops

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown.

Striking Verizon Workers Threaten Ongoing Protests

Verizon workers from across the region are preparing for a long, heated battle with their company.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Bachmann Calls For Emergency Session, Pressure On Economy Builds

The federal reserve offered a bleak assessment of the U.S. economy today, and that, combined with Standard & Poors' downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating last week has prompted some to call for Congress to return from August recess for an emergency session. WAMU's Pat Brogan talks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer from The Hill, about how effective that would be.

Account Of Woman Missing in Aruba Raising Concerns

A Frederick County woman missing in Aruba is gaining national attention. One of the last people to make contact with Robyn Gardner suspects foul play.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Burning

Efforts to contain a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge have been thwarted by high temperatures, low humidity and winds. Refuge officials say the fire has spread to more than 1,000 acres since it was reported last Thursday.

Washington Adventist Hospital Brings Move Proposal Before Health Board

Officials from Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County will go before state regulators today seeking approval to move from its Takoma Park home to a site near White Oak.

Maryland Stepping Up Efforts To Target Aggressive Drivers

Maryland law enforcement agencies are targeting aggressive drivers this week.

Sinkhole Closes Roads, Evacuates Apartments In Arlington

A collapsed retaining wall on a construction site caused major traffic issues this morning and led to the evacuation of a nearby apartment building in Rosslyn late last night, according to NBC Washington.

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