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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Maya Angelou Takes Issue With MLK Memorial Quote

Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking issue with a paraphrased quotation by Martin Luther King Jr. etched in the recently opened memorial for Dr. King near the mall.

Protesters Block Federal Construction Site Over Labor Dispute

Hundreds of people blocked a federal job site in Southeast D.C. Wednesday to protest the number of D.C. residents hired for the project.

Md. Sen. Ben Cardin Assuages Fears Over NIH Cuts

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin tried to calm fears about impending budget cuts Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Massive Solar Panel Array Unveiled At College Park

The University of Maryland in College Park is unveiling a new solar panel array on one of its buildings. The school calls the facility one of the largest in the region.

More Water Discovered in Washington Monument

The National Park Service says engineers sealed cracks in the Washington Monument from last week's earthquake ahead of Hurricane Irene, but have discovered water inside that may indicate additional leaks.

Anne Arundel County Councilman Pleads Guilty On Tax Charge

In Maryland, an Anne Arundel County councilman has pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns.

Oyster Population Even Lower Than Previously Thought

It's long been known that there are far fewer oysters in the bay than there used to be, but research from the University of Maryland suggests the drop is even more severe than earlier estimates.

Man Accused In Presumed Death Of Robyn Gardner Could Be Freed

A judge in Aruba is deciding whether there's enough evidence to keep a Gaithersburg, Md. businessman jailed in the presumed death of Robyn Gardern, a resident of Frederick, Md.

In Advance Of BRAC, Fairfax Co. Launches New Bus Route To Fort Belvoir

As Northern Virginia braces for the commuting challenges expected from the transfer of thousands of jobs to Fort Belvoir, officials in Fairfax County are hoping a new bus route will ease some of the load.

Nonprofit Accused Of Using City HIV/AIDS Funds To Benefit Strip Club

A nonprofit organization in D.C. is being accused of using money from a city HIV/AIDS program to renovate a warehouse that's now being used as a strip club.

Montgomery Co. Councilmember Calls For Alternative To Youth Curfew

Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews is speaking out about his opposition to a county wide youth curfew.

Pepco Finishes Off One Storm While Another Looms

Pepco has set a deadline to get service restored to all of its customers following Hurricane Irene.

Shutdown Of Alexandria Coal Plant Could Have Impact On Waterfront Planning

Environmentalists are hailing an agreement struck between the city of Alexandria and GenOn Energy to permanently close a coal-fired power plant on the Potomac waterfront in Virginia. But that could add a new element to the city's waterfront planning process.

Va. Republicans Confident They Can Take Majority

Virginia Republicans believe the dynamics of state politics are about to change dramatically for the first time since 2007. They're confident they will be able to retake the state Senate and control both chambers.

Disclosure Requirements Weak For D.C. Officials Involved With Nonprofits

The D.C. Council is promising to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess next month. Among the changes are likely to be stricter reporting requirements for potential conflicts of interest.