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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Local Hospitals Honored For Commitment To LGBT Rights

Several local hospitals in D.C. and Maryland received honors from the Human Rights Campaign for their commitment to protecting LGBT rights for both patients and employees.

Bikeshare Users Save Hundreds In Transportation Costs

Capital Bikeshare users save money and help boost the bottom line for businesses that are Bikeshare accessible, according to a new study.

Medical Students And Family Members Honor Anatomical Donors

A memorial service was held Monday for 700 Maryland residents who graciously donated their bodies to further the cause of science and medical education.

Alexandria Library Receives Gift Of 1796 Map

Alexandria Library is receiving a piece of the city's history: a map and ledger detailing the ample land holdings of one of the city's namesakes, Charles Alexander. 

Mayor Proposes More Time For D.C. Public Information Responses

A bill proposed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray would place additional limits on public records requests in the District.

UVA Board Appoints Interim President To Replace Teresa Sullivan

University of Virginia leaders ignored the calls of nearly 2,000 protesters yesterday and appointed an interim university president to replace Teresa Sullivan. 

Loudoun County Board Still At Stalemate On Silver Line

Little was resolved during a marathon Loudoun County Board meeting to discuss Dulles rail financing last night. Lawmakers have just two more weeks to decide whether to participate in the next phase of the project.

Another Try For Maryland's Gas Tax In Special Session?

Transportation advocates are hoping that state lawmakers will reconsider a statewide gas tax for Maryland during a possible special legislative session next month.

Monday, June 18, 2012

UVA Board Defends President's Ouster

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors was forced to elaborate Monday on their decision to replace University President Teresa Sullivan, who was forced out over "philosophical differences."

Arlington, Alexandria Strike Deal On Transit Study

Leaders in Arlington County and Alexandria are once again seeing eye to eye on a jount transit study for the Route 1 corridor, after negotiations broke down earlier this spring.

Funding For D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Moves Forward

The House struck a deal Monday that will secure funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides private school vouchers for low-income District students.

Pepco Tree Bill Stalled For Now In Montgomery County

A bill that would affect Pepco's tree trimming program in Montgomery County has hit a few snags.

Giordano Sues For $3.5M Life Insurance Claim

Gary Giordano, the man suspected in the disappearance of fellow Maryland resident Robyn Gardner in Aruba, is suing for the payout on a $3.5 million insurance policy he took out on her life.

NASA Rocket To Launch From Eastern Shore

The shuttle has come and gone, but NASA is moving on. This week, they'll be launching a 35-foot rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.

Storify: Rush Plus Reactions From Metrorail Commuters

Metrorail commuters weren't shy in expressing their opinions on the new schedule of Rush Plus.