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Monday, October 3, 2011

Shooting Shuts Down Md. Social Security Complex

A shooting near the Woodlawn, Md. campus of The Social Security Administration prompted a shutdown Monday morning.

NRC Meets To Discuss Earthquake Impact

The earthquake that struck the D.C. region last August caused two reactors at the North Anna Nuclear plant to shut down. The NRC meets today to discuss the situation.

CQ Roll Call: House Back In Session, Fiscal Year Ends, Still No Budget

The U.S. House is back in session this week, and the big issue on Capitol Hill is the establishing a new budget to keep the federal government funded.

Ben's Chili Bowl Closed For Repairs

Ben's Chili Bowl

Famed D.C. insitution Ben's Chili Bowl will be closed this week in order to make emergency repairs to its building.

O'Malley: Christie Candidacy Would Lack Substance

O'Malley on Face the Nation

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley tossed some barbs at New Jersey Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie during an appearance on the Sunday  morning political talk show Face the Nation yesterday.

MPD Welcomes 35 New Recruits

Nearly three dozen new MPD recruits start at the city's police academy today, just a few of the 300 new officers that are expected to be hired this fiscal year. 

Council Examines Peaceoholics' Grants

D.C. auditors didn't find any evidence of wrongdoing in a recently released audit of grants awarded to the violence-prevention nonprofit group Peaceoholics, but they did question how the city awarded some grant monies to the group.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 3

Talking about music, Harry Callahan and peace in the Middle East.

Crystal City Gateway Breaks Ground

Leaders in Arlington County will be gathering today to break ground on a new southern gateway into Crystal City from Alexandria. The project is part of a larger effort to reimagine the city of the future.

UMD Wins Solar Decathlon Challenge

The University of Maryland has taken the top prize in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

Roads Reopen After Suspicious Package Investigation

Police have reopened the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street, NW after investigating a suspicious package.

Super Committee Faces Lines Of Lobbyists

Capitol Building

As the super committee focuses on cutting more than $1 trillion from the nation's debt, lobbyists are pushing committee members to support their interests.

Low Test Scores At MoCo High Schools

Reports indicate nearly half of public high schools in Montgomery County failed to make the grade on statewide tests this year.

Event Offers Wild Mushroom Education

After four people were hospitalized last month, the Mycological Association of Washington hosted an event to help people identify which mushrooms are safe to eat and which are not.

Wind Blows Engineer From Monument

Sky-high inspections of the Washington Monument were temporarily halted this weekend after a strong gust of wind blew an engineer clear off the top.