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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Alexandria Gets A First Look At Waterfront Hotel Proposal

Alexandria's Archictectural Review Board begins looking at a waterfront hotel proposal tonight, even as the law that would allow hotels along the Potomac River remains mired in court actions.

Report: Many Universities Could Face Financial Problems

At least one-third of the nation's colleges and universities are on a shaky financial path, but Virginia's public institutions are faring pretty well, according to a new report from two higher education consultants.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Analysis: Postal Service Default All But Inevitable

The Postal Service is poised to default unless Congress acts by Aug. 1. As Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper explains, lawmakers are already past the point of no return.

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.