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Monday, July 30, 2012

New Ramp Opens Connecting D.C.-295 To 11th Street Bridge

A new ramp connecting the Anacostia Freeway to the 11th Street Bridge opens today, and is expected to ease commuter traffic in neighborhoods east of the river.

Congress Faces Final Bills Before Summer Break

Lawmakers are expected to face decisions on the Bush-era tax cuts, the drought in the Midwest and abortion legislation before taking their August break at the end of the week.

Victim Identified In Arlington Jewelry Store Killing

The son of a man killed in a jewelry store during a robbery in Arlington last week has identified his father as the victim. 

D.C. Gets Tougher Drunk Driving Law

A more stringent drunk driving law takes effect this week in the District of Columbia, and the Metropolitan Police Department's breathalyzer program is expected to be reinstated just in time.

GOP Senators Stop In Virginia To Decry Defense Cuts

Three Republican senators, including one rumored to be on the short list of potential Mitt Romney running mates, are railing against potential defense cuts in Virginia today.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 30

The best of clay, Ode to Animals, and The Big Pink.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Prince George's County Officer Shot Outside Nightclub

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer is recovering after being shot in the leg outside a Hyattsville nightclub.

Fairfax County Construction Brings Hope Of Revitalization

Many in the Groveton neighborhood of Fairfax County are hoping a new development will help revitalize the area.

Virginia To Honor State's First Black Politicians

The first African Americans from Virginia to hold political office will be honored in the State Capital.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Salary Tax On D.C. Commuters Sparks Controversy

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers are resisting calls to tax commuters who work in the District but live in the suburbs.

Growing Diversity May Be Turning Virginia Blue

Two factors suggest Virginia may be turning into a more Democratic state, according to a social scientist.

D.C. Mayor Voices Opposition To Chick-Fil-A Expansion

Mayor Vincent Gray says he would not support a Chick-fil-A expansion in the District.

D.C. Teens Produce Exhibit Focusing On Anacostia

Teens from the D.C. area created photographs, writings and artwork for an exhibit focusing on the unique elements of the Anacostia neighborhood.

Obama, Romney Campaigns Clash Over Federal Pay Issue

The race for support for federal workers compensation in the region is heating up.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The District Celebrates The Olympics

Some local bars and restaurants hope the excitement of the Olympics will get customers in the door to watch the games, and bring more business.