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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Yvonne Miller, Virginia's First Black Woman Legislator, Dies At 77

Yvonne Miller, who broke ground in Virginia by being the first black woman elected to the State Assembly, died this week at age 77.

Metro Expands Service Today For July 4th Festivities

Metro will be adding trains to its usual holiday schedule to accommodate heavy ridership this evening for Fourth of July festivities. 

D.C. Road Closures For Fourth Of July Events

Pretty much anyone you ask will tell you not to attempt to drive in downtown D.C. on the Fourth of July, but in the event you have to, here's an extensive list of road closures in effect today. 

Power Restored At Washington Animal Rescue League

The folks at the Washington Animal Rescue League have been reliant on donations of ice, generators and gasoline to combat the rising temperatures at the shelter due to an ongoing power outage. 

AAA: Car Accidents Spike On The Fourth Of July

Plenty of people will be out celebrating for the Fourth of July, and that leads to a spike in car accidents on the holiday.

Fireworks Cancelled In Montgomery County

Fourth of July fireworks celebrations are cancelled in Montgomery County due to continued storm recovery efforts. 

July Fourth Means Busy Day Of Parades For Politicians

There's nothing like a parade for the Fourth of July — and for the politicians that press the flesh along dozens of parade routes. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

D.C. Police Chief Lanier On July 4 Preparations

As the masses converge on Washington D.C. to enjoy the Independence Day festivities, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier explains how her department has prepared for a major event amidst widespread storm damage.

Outages, Holiday Make For Changes On Maryland Roads

Residual storm outages and the July 4 holiday are combining to create some interesting conditions on Maryland's frequently-trafficked roads.

Cheh Calls For Formal Probe Into Pepco Response

Dissatisfaction with Pepco's response to last Friday's storm has sparked one D.C. Council member to call for a formal probe with subpoena powers against the embattled utility.

Leggett: Pepco Needs To Be More Proactive About Tree Trimming

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett says Pepco should have taken the unpopular step of aggressively trimming trees around its power lines to prevent the kind of outages the area has seen in the last week.

Storm Aftermath Causes Uptick In Hospital Visits

Hospitals in Maryland are seeing an increase in the number of people admitted for accidents with chainsaws and carbon monoxide poisoning — both attributed to cleanup from the derecho.

Arundel Mills Casino Outpaces Competitors

The new Maryland Live! casino generated more than twice as much revenue in its opening month as both of the other Maryland casinos combined.

Q&A With Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett

Isiah Leggett is not satisfied with Pepco's response to the most recent swath of storms that knocked out power throughout the region.

Can't Stop Clogging: 162 Dance Teams Storm The Capitol

More than 150 clogging teams from around the country have converged on the District to show off their unique blend of old and new school dancing in the National Independence Day Parade.