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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fashion Statement: Ben Franklin's Suit Purchased By Smithsonian

An 18th-century silk suit worn by Benjamin Franklin when he convinced the French to team up with the U.S. during the American Revolution will become part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's American history museum.

Sargent Shriver To Be Honored By Maryland Dems At DNC

Maryland Democrats will hold a special remembrance of former vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver at next week's Democratic National Convention.

D.C.'s Turner Elementary Like New After $30M Renovation

Turner Elementary School students in the District started school last week in what felt like entirely new digs, thanks to a $30 million renovation to the school that happened over the summer. 

Reagan National Airport Gets More Automated Parking Machines

There are now more automated machines to pay for parking, as well as no-ticket, credit card-based parking payment systems at Reagan National Airport. 

Architects Employ A Can-Do Attitude For A Cause

Architects from around the region are getting their hands dirty — and making people hungry — at the annual CANstruction event at the National Building Museum this weekend. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Half Of Fines For Virginia Tech Shooting Reinstated

Half of the fines levied against Virginia Tech for being slow to react to the tragic shooting in 2007 have been upheld by the U.S. Education Secretary.

Berlin Fire Dept. Budget Slashed Following Allegations

Following allegations that the Berlin Fire Department and EMS had failed to address allegations of discrimination and harassment, the mayor and city council cut the budget.

Arlington Bike Lanes Going Green, Literally

Arlington County will be applying a fresh coat of green paint to certain high-trafficked bike lanes, in an effort to raise their visibility for the cars with home the cyclists share the road.

Bid For Third Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Denied

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shot down a bid for a third nuclear power plant in Maryland's Calvert Cliffs, citing the 1954 Atomic Energy Act.

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.