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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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.

Storm Aftermath Causes Uptick In Hospital Visits

Hospitals in Maryland are seeing an increase in the number of people admitted for accidents with chainsaws and carbon monoxide poisoning — both attributed to cleanup from the derecho.

Arundel Mills Casino Outpaces Competitors

The new Maryland Live! casino generated more than twice as much revenue in its opening month as both of the other Maryland casinos combined.

Q&A With Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett

Isiah Leggett is not satisfied with Pepco's response to the most recent swath of storms that knocked out power throughout the region.

Can't Stop Clogging: 162 Dance Teams Storm The Capitol

More than 150 clogging teams from around the country have converged on the District to show off their unique blend of old and new school dancing in the National Independence Day Parade.

Leaning Utility Pole Presents Danger On Wisconsin Avenue

A damaged utility pole continues to lean along Wisconsin Ave. NW and presents a danger for the Shell gas station 100 feet away.

Loudoun County Votes 'Yes' On Silver Line

Loudoun County voted Monday to stay in the Silver Line project, after a protracted debate on whether the long-term benefits to the county were worth the costs.

Pepco Lobbyists Visited D.C. Officials Almost 100 Times In 2011

D.C. officials may be taking this most recent swath of power outage as an opportunity to beat up on Pepco, but in reality, the utility has spent a lot of money and political capital on close relationships with District lawmakers. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mayor Gray On Pepco: 'We Need A Game Changer'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray added his to the cacophany of voices calling for Pepco to do a better job with power outages. He even floated the idea of burying power lines underground.

Governments Assisting With Storm Waste Disposal

Looking to dispose of the waste Friday's storm dumped on your doorstep? Many area governments are helping residents with the clean up efforts.