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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MetroAccess Debuts 16 New Accessible Vehicles

MetroAccess is trying out some new vehicles specifically designed to accommodate wheelchairs and disabled riders in an attempt to improve service for those customers. 

Fans Say Goodbye To Chuck Brown At Howard Theatre

Memorial events for D.C. music legend Chuck Brown began Tuesday, with hundreds turning out in the heat for the viewing at the Howard Theatre.

Older Vets Honor Iraq War Comrades At Memorial Day Parade

The national Memorial Day Parade in D.C. also honored living Iraq War veterans for the first time this year, after the war officially ended in December 2011.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 29

Summertime? And the livin' is easy?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Program For Holocaust Survivors Faces Funding Issues

A program to assist impoverished Holocaust survivors in the D.C. metro area is facing critical funding issues.

'Healthy Homes' Aims To Identify Health Threats

The D.C. Department of the Environment has launched a new program to help residents identify health threats in their homes.

Virginia Eases Academic Transfers For Military Kids

Virginia is joining several other states in adopting consistent rules to help military kids transition easily between schools.

Alexandria Board Without Lawyer For Waterfront Case

The Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals will not have legal representation in an upcoming Circuit Court case over the waterfront plan.

VDOT Unveils New Road Signs

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made it a little easier for visitors to get to the beach this summer.

Four Charged In Ocean City Drug Bust

Four people are facing charges in connection with more than 500 bags of packaged suspected synthetic marijuana seized at two businesses in Ocean City.

Fairfax Animals Recovering After Attack

Four barnyard animals are recovering this morning after being attacked over the weekend at a farm in Fairfax.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Debt Ceiling Debate Returns To Capitol Hill

Last summer, Virginia almost lost its triple-A credit rating because of partisan sniping in Washington over raising the nation's debt ceiling. Now Republican leaders are drawing a line in the sand over that debate once again.

D.C. Honors Veterans In Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Monday.

Tourists Expected To Flock To Cities This Summer

Cities will be the hotspots for tourists this year, according a transportation advocacy group.

Active Military Can Visit Museums For Free

Active-duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission to more than 1,600 museums across the country this summer.