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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Senate, House Pass Bills Limiting Federal Conference Spending

Both the Senate and the House passed bills this week that would crack down on extravagant conferences thrown by federal agencies, after lawmakers throughout Congress have decried an $800,000 conference sponsored by the General Services Administration.

Senate To Vote On D.C. Special Elections Bill

A bill that would give the District more flexibility in scheduling special elections is heading to the Senate.

Human Error May Have Caused Metro Train Derailment

A train derailment on the Blue and Orange Lines Tuesday evening, which caused major delays during the evening commute, may have been caused by human error, reports the Washington Post.

D.C. Hebrew Charter School To Open In 2013

D.C. public charter schools board approves the city's first bilingual Hebrew school. 

Capitals Beat Boston Bruins In Game 7 Playoff Win

The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their playoff series last night; the Caps will now advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Are D.C.'s Big Sustainability Plans Too Big?

A new plan from the District to overhaul sustainability measures in the city is ambitious, but some are questioning whether the District will be able to make good on the plan given its difficulty completing smaller projects.

Alexandria Left Hanging On Joint Transit Study

Alexandria officials are balking at their neighboring Arlington's decision to pull out of a joint transit study.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Execution Lacking In D.C. Sustainability Plan

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled a 20-year sustainability plan earlier this week, but a lack of follow-through on some projects like bike-theft prevention and streetcars puts the veracity of that plan into question.

Slain Virginia Tech Officer Honored In D.C.

A police officer shot and killed near the Virginia Tech campus last year is being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square on Thursday.

Philippine Ambassador Responds To Barry's Comments

The ambassador to the Philippines weighed in on former mayor and D.C. Councilman Marion Barry's comments Monday about Filipino nurses, calling them"deplorable."

Maryland Fracking Report Likely Delayed

Fracking in western Maryland may be further delayed, as a study into the safety of the practice, used to extract natural gas, is not likely to be completed by its August deadline.

Ambulance Fees Draw Skepticism On Montgomery County Council

Voters in Montgomery County may have to face down another referendum on ambulance fees in the county, but first it has to get passed members of the county council, who have been critical of the idea.

D.C. School Board Approves Four New Charter Schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has given the green light to four new charter schools in the District that will serve a variety of niches.

O'Malley Pushes For Appeal On DNA Law Ruling

Governor Martin O'Malley is pushing for an appeal on a court decision that struck down a Maryland law allowing police to collect DNA samples from those convicted of violent crimes or burglary.

Vintage Base Ball Pays Homage To Area's Sporting Past

Vintage base ball players in Lewes, Del. bring back the historically-accurate version of America's pastime, with all its quirky rules, lumpy baseballs and old-time flair.