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Monday, July 2, 2012

Emergency Call For Blood Donations In Wake Of Storm

An emergency call for blood has gone out in the D.C. area, as the storm-damaged area infrastructure has slowed the flow of donations down to a trickle.

Dominion Repairs Are 'Hand-To-Hand Combat'

More than 1,200 crews are currently at work in Northern Virginia fixing the damage left by Friday night's storm, but progress is slow as many of the repairs can't simply be done with heavy equipment.

Cooling Center For Pets Opens In Shirlington

Pet owners who are still sans-power thanks to Friday night's derecho storm can bring their furry friends to a free cooling center in a boutique for dogs in Northern Virginia.

Tiger Woods Wins AT&T National Tournament

Thousands faced intense heat to witness the final round of the AT&T National Tournament in Bethesda.

Storm Recovery Efforts Continue Throughout Region

The entire D.C. area is still cleaning up after a massive storm ripped through the region Friday night. Thousands are still without power and many public buildings are closed. 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 2

Ceramic art for your spices, Chesapeake Bay Watermen, and plenty of piano.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Anacostia Riverwalk Extension To Link Urban And Suburban Trails

An extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that is in the planning stage will connect many of Washington's favorite locations.

Ocean City And Dewey Rated Among Cleanest Beaches

Two beaches along the Maryland and Delaware shoreline make the list for the nation's cleanest beaches.

Montgomery County Exec Derides Pepco After Storm

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is blasting Pepco's timeline to restore service to customers.

Utility Companies Expect Nearly A Week For Full Restoration

Pepco, Dominion and BGE say it could take nearly a week for restoration to be completed.

New System Eases Legal Aid In Virginia

Virginia's new online case management system will make it easier to provide free legal services to the poor.

Little Appetite In Virginia To Correct Failing Transparency

Last March, Virginia received a failing grade for transparency by the State Integrity Investigation. Now prosecutors and law-enforcement officials are resisting any effort to open investigation files, even in closed cases.

Fire Dog Monument Heading To D.C.

A sculpture of a firefighter and a dog trained to help in arson investigations will soon become a permanent monument in the District.

Virginia Voters To Receive Reminder Calls On ID Law

Virginia election officials will call provisional voters to remind them to provide identification at the polls.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

McDonnell Declares State Of Emergency In Virginia

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell tours storm-ravaged areas of Fairfax County and meets with the Board of Supervisors to outline a recovery plan.