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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Maryland PSC Looks To Dominion As Storm Response Model

The Maryland Public Service Commission is reviewing the response of state utilities to June's strong derecho storm, and is looking to Dominion Power as a model for preventative measures and appropriate staffing levels.

Neil Armstrong Remembered At National Cathedral

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was remembered in a memorial service with thousands in attendance at the Washington National Cathedral.

Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty On Chicago Teachers' Strike: 'Kudos to Rahm'

Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty sees a lot of parallels between Chicago's current fight with the city's teachers' union and the changes he tried to implement in D.C. during his time as mayor, and he's supporting the Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Prince George's County Begins Redevelopment Efforts

Prince George's County's Transforming Neighborhood Initiative is set to begin today, and will affect 26 apartment buildings in the Coral Hills area.

Reports Detail Health Violations At Virginia Abortion Clinics

An anti-abortion group in Virginia and some of the state's abortion clinics are at odds over public health records that show health and safety violations at the clinic.

D.C. Launches Campaign To Fight Transgender Discrimination

The District is launching a first-of-a-kind campaign to support equal rights for members of the city's transgender community.

Bird Biodiversity Could Be Key To Stopping West Nile

One researcher in Virginia is looking at how increasing biodiversity among birds could actually help stem the spread of West Nile virus.

D.C. Grows 'Five-Minute' Neighborhoods

D.C. is excelling at creating thriving, walkable neighborhoods out of blighted areas, experts say, and the Capitol Riverfront is a prime example.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alexandria Calls For Cooperation For Future Ethanol Spills

Norfolk Southern raised the ire of Alexandria residents last week, when it neglected to notify the city or it's fire department about a 150 gallon ethanol spill. Officials are requesting that the city be kept in the loop.

Fairfax Sees Second Rabid Beaver Attack In A Week

A group of children in Fairfax County was attacked Wednesday morning by a rabid beaver, the second time in a week that humans have had run-ins with sick and aggressive rodents.

Circuit Court To Appoint New Alexandria City Council Member

The Alexandria City Council needs a new member after Rob Krupicka left to fill his new position in the Virginia House of Delegates. Interested parties are encouraged to apply.

Analysis: Ads For Virginia Senate Race Seek To Cut Through Political Clutter

The advertising blitz in the D.C. area is underway for the November elections, and the content of the ads say a lot about the candidates' strategies.

Maryland Delegate Pushes To Suspend Fracking, Pending Study

With the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing as yet unproven, one Maryland state delegate wants to ban the process until further study can be done.

Analysis: Few Congressional Obstacles To Stop-Gap Budget Measure

After five weeks of recess, Congress is finally back in session, and The Hill's Alex Bolton likes the odds that Congress will succeed at passing a stop-gap budget measure to prevent shutdown in October.

Prince George's Central High Mourns Loss Of Marckel Ross

Students and others in the Central High School are mourning the loss of Marckel Ross, a popular junior at the school who was shot on his way to school Tuesday, Sept. 11.