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Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend Track Work Snares Orange, Blue, Red Lines

For those bouncing around the city this weekend, track work will add to your travel times on the Red, Blue and Orange lines, with buses replacing trains between East and West Falls Church.

Analysis: Students Protest At UVA, Board Meets To Consider Keeping Sullivan

After a tumultuous week at the University of Virginia, the board is planning to meet next week to discuss the possibility of keeping former president Teresa Sullivan. Jack Stripling, a senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses the issues.

Metro Crash 3rd Anniversary Marked With Memorial Plaque

City and Metro officials marked the third anniversary of the fatal crash on Metro's Red Line with the unveiling of a new plaque on the bridge that runs over the site of the accident. 

D.C. Wants Control Of Special Education Busing

The D.C. government is making the case that it should be able to take control of the transportation of special education students in the District. That transportation has been under federal oversight for several years. 

On Metro Crash Anniversary, Mikulski Urges Bipartisanship On Transpo Bill

The anniversary of the fatal Metro crash three years ago has Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) calling for lawmakers to put aside partisan differences on a federal transportation bill that would increase safety regulations for public transit.

Moonlighters Make Side Gigs Into Full-Time Jobs

When it comes to passion projects, most people must choose financial security over their side gigs. But once in awhile, a part-time pursuit becomes a full-blown career.

Maryland High School Student Moonlights As Novelist

Andrew Grant began writing on a lark last summer. But the teen kept writing, and now has a 327-page novel.

New Restaurateur Doubles As Capitol Hill Aide

Laura Schiller balances her role as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer with her new role as co-owner of Unum, a restaurant in Georgetown.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

UVA Board To Meet June 26 Amidst Push To Reinstate Sullivan

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors has scheduled meeting for June 26, giving backers just a few days to muster support to potentially reinstate Teresa Sullivan as president of the school.

Occupy DC Protesters Found Guilty Of Refusing Police Order

A judge has found 11 former Occupy DC protesters guilty for failing to heed a police order to get down from a wooden structure built in McPherson Square.

Chesapeake Cleanup Survives Cuts To Senate Farm Bill

The Senate passed its version of the farm bill on Thursday, and funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay was preserved amidst $23 billion in cuts.

D.C. Nursing Home Company Asked To Return $2M

A report by the D.C. Inspector General prompted calls from the D.C. Council for a company that runs two area nursing homes to return more than $2 million in District funds.

Englin Resigns From Virginia House In Wake Of Sex Scandal

Virginia Democratic delegate David Englin has announced his resignation Thursday, in order to coordinate a special election for his replacement with the November election.

Board Approves Nine Projects For Disabled D.C. Commuters

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board

Maryland Casino Plan Scrapped, But Only For This Year

A plan for a casino in Prince George's County's National Harbor was scrapped for this year after a workgroup failed to reach a consensus, but backers expect to approach the idea again next year.