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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Systemwide Failure Shuts Down Metro

A computer issue halted service on all Metrorail lines for about an hour Saturday afternoon.

FreshFarm Markets Celebrates 15 Years

A popular market in Dupont Circle is celebrating its 15th birthday.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

States Improve In Decreasing Wastewater Into The Bay

States that have rivers feeding into the Chesapeake Bay are making progress, according to the latest numbers from two non-profits.

Talks Of Maryland Gambling Expansion Continues

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to meet privately with Maryland leaders to continue discussions on gambling expansion.

Google Partners With Smithsonian To Map Out Museums

Visitors at the Smithsonian Institution can now trace their steps through 17 museums in the District.

Ocean City Reconsiders Ban On Beater Boards

A recently enacted ban on a popular kind of body board in Ocean City has sparked enough public outcry to make town officials rethink the law entirely.

DCPS Students Engage In Foreign Policy Program

A group of D.C. public school students will have the special opportunity to meet with some of the nation's leading policy makers.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pepco Raked Over Coals Even As Rate Hikes Considered

Pepco continues to face criticism for their response to storm damage in late June, and at least one local politician called the utility's request for a rate hike 'ridiculous.'

D.C. Tech Experts Question LivingSocial Tax Break

LivingSocial is considered the District's technology headliner, but some are questioning the fairness and value of offering one company a $32 million tax break.

Airport Metro Station Closed This Weekend

Metro track work will affect travellers inordinately this weekend, as the Reagan National Airport Metro stop will be closed, with buses replacing trains between Braddock Rd. and Pentagon City.

Analysis: Congress Kicks The Can On Farm Bill, Postal Service, Tax Cuts

Congress isn't expected to get much done this summer. As David Hawkings of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing explains, the lame duck sessionis the soonest we'll see any action on Capitol Hill.

Analysis: Campaign Scandal Weighing On Gray's Political Capital

It's been a busy week at the Wilson Building. D.C. reporter Patrick Madden explains the possible implications of the latest developments in the probe into Mayor Gray's 2010 campaign.

D.C. Officer Allegedly Threatens To Shoot First Lady

A Metropolitan Police Department officer is on administrative leave after he allegedly threatened to shoot First Lady Michelle Obama.

Numbers Show Home Prices Rising

New numbers suggest that the worst of the housing crisis may now be behind us.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Addresses Gray 2010 Campaign

In response to Gray's shadow campaign, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the mayor has "an obligation to clear this matter up quickly."