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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bethesda Metro Escalators To Be Replaced In 2014

Malfunctioning Metro escalators often cause headaches for commuters, but the transit agency has plans to make things better at the Bethesda station.

Federal Default Would Hit The District Especially Hard

As the debt ceiling crisis escalates on Capitol Hill, concerns are growing about the impact of a possible default on the District government and the thousands of federal employees who live in the area.

Prince William County Looks To Address Hoarding

Prince William County has created a new task force to deal with the problem of hoarding, and get to the root of this detrimental disorder.

Parking, Traffic Ticket Amnesty In D.C. Starts Aug. 1

Drivers who owe traffic fines in D.C. are getting a break next month, as Mayor Vincent Gray is offering a temporary amnesty.

Catholic Clergy Members Get Early Look At MLK Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial won't be unveiled for another month, but one group had the chance to get a sneak peek at it yesterday.

Walter Reed Closure May Be Felt Most Along Georgia Ave.

After more than a century of providing medical care to wounded warriors, Walter Reed Army Medical Center is ending its mission. The change leaves some of its longtime neighbors wondering what's next.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Five siblings bring their fifty fingers to Wolf Trap, plus familiar sounds and scenes.

Poultry Waste Having Negative Impact On Local Waterways

As poultry consumption continues to rise, some worry about the effects of all that chicken waste on the local environment.

Redskins Players Face Lighter Workload As Training Camp Opens

Now that the NFL lockout is over, the Washington Redskins will open up training camp in Ashburn, Va. today.
There's going to be something different about this year's camp:

D.C. Begins Work On Contingency Plans For Dealing With Federal Default

As the clock ticks down for congress to pass a debt-ceiling plan, city lawmakers in the District are drawing up contingency plans for a potential U.S. government default.

National Gallery Conservators Painstakingly Revive Works Of Art

Carol Christensen is a conservator at the National Gallery of Art, but she wouldn't want you to notice her work; if you did, that would mean she's doing a bad job.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Medical Marijuana Advocates Call For Implementation Of D.C.'s Program

Medical Marijuana advocates say D.C. officials are moving too slowly in implementing the city's medical marijuana program.

Walter Reed Closing Ceremony Lowers Flag For Last Time

The military hospital that has tended to privates and patients for more than a century is closing its doors. There was a flag casing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center today -- signaling its imminent closure.

Marion Barry's Son Pleads Guilty

The son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Virginia Considers Banning Winter Crab Harvest For Another Year

Virginia is considering extending a ban on harvesting crabs in winter for a fourth year in a row, and the public will get to weigh in on that plan later this summer.

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