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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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.

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.