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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Furry Lobbyists Capture Hearts On Capitol Hill

A pack of pooches looking for a home took to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to melt some cold Congressional hearts and raise awareness about animals in need of permanent homes.

Reduced Zoning Restriction Passed For 'Mega' Gas Stations

The Montgomery County Planning Board approved new zoning restrictions for "mega" gas stations like the one planned for a Costco in Wheaton, but the buffer approved is less than residents would have liked.

Audio Slide Show: HIV Outreach For D.C. Youth

In an effort to help solve the crisis of HIV in District youth, Whitman-Walker Health educators take their van to where young people congregate to offer tests to those at risk.

Fight Against AIDS Spills Into D.C. Streets

Activists took to the streets on Tuesday, marching to the White House to call for an increase in government resources to combat the scourge of AIDS.

Trucking Group Starts Campaign Against I-95 Tolls

The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to implement tolls on I-95 south of Fredericksburg has drawn the ire of trucker groups, who are waging a campaign against the plan.

Pleasure Project Brings Safer Sex Discussion To AIDS Conference

An educational, advocacy organization for safer sex wants to revive a discussion for this topic at the International AIDS Conference.

Prosecutors Oppose Mental Evaluation For Pentagon Shooter

Federal prosecutors are opposing a reqeust for a mental competency evaluation for Yonathan Melaku, a Virginia man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to firing shots at the Pentagon and other military facilities.

Beating Of Two Men In Northeast May Be A Hate Crime

One man is in the hospital after him and his boyfriend were attacked while headed home in Northeast, Washington D.C.

AIDS Conference Attendees Still See Relevance In 'Normal Heart'

International AIDS Conference organizers and others gathered at Arena Stage for a showing of "The Normal Heart" Monday, which took them on a walk through the early history of the disease.

Federal Grants To Fund Maryland Bus System Upgrades

Maryland commuters may soon see improvements to their buses and bus stations as part of more than $45 million in federal grants from the Federal Transit Administration. 

Wallops Island Launches Test Rocket And Hopes For More

While some space enthusiasts are mourning the loss of NASA's shuttle program, engineers and scientists at Virginia's Wallops Island launch facility see a lot more voyages in their future.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wheaton Costco Gas Station Zoning Up For Vote

A vote on potential zoning changes in Montgomery County that would preclude a Costco "mega" gas station from being built close to residential areas is up for vote on Tuesday.

ACLU Defends Maryland Citizens' Right To Record Police

Maryland citizens have the right to record police on the job — a point the ACLU is pressing upon police in the state.

Berliner: Pepco Rate Increase Best Consumers Could Get

Maryland state regulators rejected Pepco's call for a 4 percent rate increase in favor of a much more modest bump in fees. Montgomery County council president Roger Berliner says that was the best ratepayers could do.

D.C. HIV Activists Shout Mayor Gray Off Stage

At a press conference at the International AIDS Conference in D.C., a group of HIV/AIDS activists shouted D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray off the stage for not addressing assisted housing for those afflicted with the deadly disease.