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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Secure Communities Launches In D.C., Despite Protests

Secure Communities, the federal immigration enforcement program that automatically forwards jurisdisctions' arrest information to the FBI and, by default, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, has been activated in D.C.

Dulles Rail Supporters, Opponents Plead With Loudoun Board

Is the Dulles rail line the answer to Loudoun's prayers or a big mistake for the county? Residents and lawmakers alike are still hashing it out.

D.C. Activists Brizill, Imhoff Get Help From Relief Committee After Fire

An effort is taking shape to help two prominent D.C. activists get back on their feet after a fire ravaged their Columbia Heights home last month. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Moving Towards A Car-Free D.C.

The D.C. government and area businesses alike are helping to facilitate a transition from widespread area car ownership to walkable, bikable communities supplemented with services like car2go.

Watchdog Group Says Courts Doing Better Job In Montgomery Co.

Too often, victims of domestic violence find themselves confronted by their accusers outside of the very courts hearing their pleas. A group says Montgomery County is improving at preventing this, though not enough.

New Wave Of D.C. Speed Cameras Start Ticketing

More than two dozens speed cameras go hot on Wednesday, going from delivering the warnings they have issued since they were installed to $250 tickets for those caught with a lead foot.

Virginia Gubernatorial Prospects Take Shape

It's believed that a GOP primary in Virginia would do more to favor moderate candidates in the commonwealth like Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, which is why he's resisting calls for a return to the convention style.

A Fight To Keep Fiesta DC In Mt. Pleasant

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration is considering relocating the popular Fiesta DC, despite objections that it's being removed from the Hispanic D.C. community that serves as its roots.

Analysis: Mikulski Pushes For Paycheck Fairness Act

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, discusses Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) push to close the wage gap between men and women, an effort that has come up short in the past.

Metro's Expanded Rush Hour Service Debuts June 18

Metro is preparing for "Rush Plus" service, which aims to provide more frequent trains on the system's most traveled lines during rush hour. 

Nine Tornadoes Confirmed In Maryland During Friday's Storm

Several tornadoes touched down in Maryland during Friday's strong storms, according to the National Weather Service.

Elie Wiesel, Morgan Freeman Honored With Lincoln Medal

The Ford's Theatre Society heralded two notable humanitarians at their annual Lincoln Medal of Honor awards ceremony June 3.

Secure Communities In D.C. Starts June 5

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are preparing for the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Communities" program in the District.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

George Zimmerman In Police Custody

George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, surrendered to police Sunday.

Wilson Bridge Undergoes Four-Month Maintenance

Extended maintenance of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge begins Monday.