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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Virginia Begins Late Car Registration Fee

Virginia drivers who let their car registration lapse will now have to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

Virginia's Small Businesses Show Growth Through Downturn

Small businesses on Virginia's main streets have been surprisingly resilient through the economic downturn, a new study from the University of Virginia finds.

Ocean City Locals Hunker Down As Summer Arrives

With the arrival of July Fourth, locals in Ocean City and surrounding resorts prepare to brave — or avoid — the ample crowds of summer.

Pepco Restores Majority Of Outages, But Pace Expected To Slow

Pepco had some good news for customers yesterday, but the company will still have to face tough questions from the Montgomery County Council in two weeks. 

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.