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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Malfunction Shuts Down Nuclear Core In Maryland

One of the two cores at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland was shut down following a malfunction, which experts say poses no risk to the public.

Airports Board Gets Scathing Letter From LaHood, Governors

A cabinet member, two governors, the D.C. mayor are calling for sweeping reforms to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board in the wake of ongoing reports of nepotism, problems with transparency and ethics concerns. 

Verizon Failures Led To June's Extended 911 Outage

Verizon is taking the blame for widespread failures of the 911 emergency call system in Fairfax County and other parts of Northern Virginia after the June "derecho" storm that hit the region.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Posing As Diplomat

A Frederick man has pleaded guilty to posing as a diplomat to defraud people — including a New York state senator — out of 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 14

Ladies of the night, The Queen of Versailles, and stories with drums.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Conservatives Winning On Donations From Virginians

Virginians contributed 40 times more to conservative Super PACs than to liberal ones, according to numbers released by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Maryland House Making Slow Progress On Gaming Bill

The expansion of gaming in Maryland is still undecided, as two House committees are making slow moves to deal with the issue.

Virginia Republicans Reconsider Norquist Pledge

Some Virginia Republicans are moving away from the famous Grover Norquist pledge that aims to never raise taxes.

Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75 Years

It may be 75 years old, but like the people who use it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving.

Ad Campaign Focuses On Infrastructure Investment

A Virginia transportation company is launching a national TV ad campaign to focus more attention on the benefits of freight rail and all infrastructure investments.

Virginia Hospitals To Receive Penalties For Re-Admittance

Five Virginia medical centers may face penalties when patients are re-admitted to the hospital after being discharged.

Montgomery County Drops Voter Referendum On Ambulance Fees

In a startling reversal, Montgomery County's Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association says it will not seek another voter referendum on ambulance fees.

Low-Income Students To Receive Federal Assistance On AP Tests

Low-income students in Maryland and Virginia will receive federal assistance to help pay for advanced placement tests.

Waterfront Debate Key To Alexandria Mayoral Race

Two candidates for Alexandria Mayor disagree over legal issues regarding the waterfront redevelopment plan.

Fundraising For D.C. Council Candidates Going Strong

The latest campaign finance reports are showing strong fundraising numbers for candidates running for the D.C. Council.