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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beltway Construction Affects Traffic

Drivers are advised to avoid the outer loop of the Capital Beltway near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge because of ongoing construction.

Smithsonian's Film Festival Features Clint Eastwood Westerns

A three-day film festival at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is featuring Clint Eastwood westerns.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Analysis: House Takes Up Farm Bill, Sequestration Amendment

The Farm Bill has passed through the Senate, which leaves the House to consider an amendment made which could have significant financial impacts on the D.C. area.

Freak Accident In Riverdale Leaves 5 Children Hospitalized

A two-vehicle accident in Riverdale, Md. sent seven people to the hospital, including a group of children who were simply playing in a wading pool in the front yard of a nearby house.

Cheating Violations Found In 3 DCPS Schools

A firm tasked with rooting out cheating on standardized tests in D.C. public schools found three violations in the more than 1,200 classrooms in the District.

Special Olympics Supporters Go 'Over The Edge'

Fundraisers for the Special Olympics in Northern Virginia say the courage it took to rappel 15 stories pales in comparison to the courage of the athletes they support.

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.

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.