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Friday, June 3, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Weiner's Twitter Photo, Social Media Use, Debt Ceiling, Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill this week, including the attention surrounding the photo sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account, congressional talks about deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling, and whether or not to pull out of Libya.

Bay Bridge Toll Increases Get Thumbs Up From MTA

Tolls on the Bay Bridge, Baltimore Tunnels, and other roads in Maryland could increase by Oct. 1, if a plan accepted yesterday by the Maryland Transportation Authority receives final approval later this summer.

WaPo's McCartney: Dulles Metro, Funding For Homeland Security Headquarters

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis on the Dulles Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia and the precarious state of funding for the construction of a new Department of Homeland Security Headquarters.

Capital Pride Festival Kicks Off With Town Hall

Thousands of gays in the metro D.C. area are beginning to celebrate Capital Pride, two weeks of events that include parties, a parade, and a street festival. But many groups also use the occasion to look at serious LGBT issues.

Friends And Family Remember Isaiah Harris

There were tears, some happy memories, fervent prayer, and voices raised in song at a vigil held in D.C. Thursday for Isaiah Harris, the 15-year-old that was killed in a shooting in Northwest D.C. this week.

Officials Urge Drivers To Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Next week is National Tire Safety week, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says too many Americans are ignoring proper tire inflation and care.

Gov. McDonnell Ask For State Employees' Help To Balance Budget

State employees who've always thought they had the perfect idea to improve Virginia's government now have the ear of the Governor, and the employee with the best idea will get more than a penny for his or her thoughts.

Arlington County Board Seeks To Reduce Emissions

Arlington County is trying to slash carbon dioxide emissions, but the community energy plan approved in May by the County Board doesn't include mandates or penalties for carbon dioxide reductions.

Ocean City Plans Free Gas Giveaway

The city council in Ocean City, Md., has stirred up controversy while admittedly trying to nab headlines with a free gas promotion aimed at tourists.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

No Charges Will Be Filed In DC9 Death

In the District, prosecutors say they won't press charges in the death of a man who died following an altercation outside the DC9 nightclub in October. The U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. says there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The District's Miyazaki, VSA's Shift, and the 24 Hour City Project.

Arrest Made In Memorial Day Shooting

Police in the District have made an arrest in the murder of a 15-year-old boy on Memorial Day.

New Potomac River Bridges? Don't Count On It

If you head down I-95 in Northern Virginia all the way to Dumfries, and then make a left turn, you'll eventually run into a small, master-planned community called Southbridge on the Potomac. It's kind of a weird name, actually, given that there's no bridge over the Potomac anywhere near here for at least 20 miles.

Traffic Safety: Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is joining with rubber manufacturers to talk about proper tire care.

Transportation Secretary Says He'll Deny Loan Request For Dulles Metrorail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is telling the planners behind the Dulles Metrotrail project that he won’t grant them the federal loan they were requesting, and that could have a big impact on local toll road users.

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