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Friday, August 3, 2012

Prison Produce Stocks Local Food Pantries

Fruits and veggies grown by inmates in the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown is being used to stock the shelves at food pantries in our area.

Orange, Red Lines Snared By Weekend Track Work

Buses will replace trains this weekend between Fort Totten and Union Station on the Red Line and Vienna and East Falls Church on the Orange Line, so plan accordingly.

LGBT Activists Take On Chick-Fil-A With PDA Protest

LGBT activists are turning out around the country to engage in public displays of affection in and around Chick-fil-A restaurants, to protest disparaging comments made by the company's CEO about same-sex marriage.

O's Legend Cal Ripken Jr. Asks For Public's Help Finding Mother's Abducter

More than a week after Cal Ripkin Jr.'s 74-year-old mother was returned from a kidnapping unharmed,the Orioles Hall of Famer and Maryland authorites are still looking for the suspect.

Analysis: House Lawmakers Vote To Forgo August Recess

In an effort to work on a pressing legislative back-log on cybersecurity, drought relief and the Farm Bill, David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, says House members voted against adjourning for the August recess.

Allen Commits To Three More Debates In Senate Race

Virginia candidates for U.S. Senate George Allen and Tim Kaine have both committed to three more debates this campaign season. 

Already? Virginia Back-To-School Tax Holiday Is This Weekend

Today begins Virginia's sales tax holiday, where back-to-school items, including clothing costing less than $100, are tax-free.

Along Columbia Pike, Mixed Reactions To Streetcar

Arlington and Fairfax counties are moving full steam ahead on a streetcar plan for Columbia Pike, but not everyone who lives and works along there is as enthusiastic.

Lawmakers Hope Appointment Process Gets Streamlined

Lawmakers quietly approved legislation that removes the Senate confirmation requirement for around 170 executive branch officials which had been tied up in a hyper-partisan stalemate.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Referendums Galore For Montgomery County Residents

The fall ballot in Maryland keeps getting longer, particularly in Montgomery County, where the four possible referendums on the ballot are joined by several local measures.

Ground Broken On Second Montgomery County Fire Station This Year

Montgomery Country broke ground on the new Travilah Fire Station Thursday, which prompted posturing over whether and to what degree ambulance fees help pay for new stations.

Obama Campaign To Hit Loudoun County

Virginia continues to be a darling of the 2012 campaign, as President Obama will return to the commonwealth Thursday night for an event in Leesburg, Va.

D.C. May Get FEMA Funds For Derecho Cleanup

D.C. will be eligible for some disaster recovery funds from FEMA to help cover the cleanup from the powerful thunderstorms that ripped through the region in late June.

Thieves Hit 10 Cars At Pentagon City, Including Police Vehicles

Paying for parking is no guarantor of safety, as shoppers at the mall in Pentagon City learned, after thieves broke into 10 cars in the mall parking lot on Tuesday.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Some SE Neighborhoods See Dramatic Spike In Crime

One part of Southeast D.C. has seen an alarming spike in the crime rate, attracting the attention of police and putting residents in the affected neighborhoods on edge.