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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Historic Sledgehammer Installed At Marine Corps Museum

A centuries-old sledgehammer has been installed among the historic artifacts at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The hammer was used to try to break up John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. 

District Leaders Head To Las Vegas With An Eye On Retail

D.C. leaders left for Las Vegas Saturday night to head to the annual conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual retail and real estate conference. 

Virginia Activists Celebrate New EPA Carbon Standards

Environmentalists gathered in Richmond last week to celebrate the EPA's drafting of new rule limiting pollution from industrial plants.

G8 Summit Protesters Gather In Maryland

Eight of the world's top industrial nations met in Maryland this weekend to discuss the state of the economy, and protesters of all stripes gathered to spread their discontent with the status quo.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'll Have Another One Step Closer To Triple Crown

At the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another won again, galloping one step closer to the elusive Triple Crown.

Henry 'Box' Brown Remembered With Marker

The bizarre and inspiring tale of Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia in a large wooden box, is remembered with a marker in Mineral, Va.

Active-Duty Military Can Enjoy National Parks For Free

In honor of Armed Forces Day, active-duty service members can now pick up an annual pass to see the country's national parks free of charge.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Metro Isolating Cause Of Red Line Door Malfunctions

Metro was able to replicate the incident earlier this week when doors on two Red Line cars opened while the train was in motion. Inspections for similar problems across the Metro fleet will begin immediately.

Two Teens Charged For Rockville Kiss & Ride Shooting

Police have charged two teenagers for a shooting outside the Kiss & Ride at the Rockville Metro station Friday afternoon that injured two.

Ruling Recognizes Same-Sex Divorce In Maryland

Same-sex marriage doesn't take effect in Maryland until 2013, pending a referendum, but a state appeals court has ruled that the state will accept same-sex divorce.

Analysis: Maryland Special Sessions, New Dynamics On D.C. Council And A Gay Virginia Judge

It's been a busy week for politics in the D.C. area, with Maryland concluding one special session and planning another, D.C. electing a new Ward 5 councilmember, and Virginia denying the appointment of an openly gay judge.

Analysis: Norton Snubbed On D.C. Abortion, Violence Against Women Act Stalled

D.C. residents, including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton herself, were outraged this week after Norton was kept from testifying at a hearing on D.C.'s pwm abortion laws. CQ's David Hawkings talks about what happened in Congress this week. 

Dominion Wants To Pay Customers A Premium For Solar

Dominion Power wants permission to pay a premium to customers who are generating solar power using panels on their houses.

Bethesda Metro Elevator To Be Shut Down For Repairs

The elevator that serves the mezzanine level at the Bethesda Metro station will be shut down for repairs in late May. The project is expected to take four months. 

Virginia Republican Wants To Tie Congress's Pay To Its Effectiveness

One Virginia Congressman is hoping to hold Congress accountable — financially — for its own inaction.

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