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Friday, May 25, 2012

Lady Arm Wrestlers Kick Butt, Entertain In Charlottesville

A group of strong-willed and strong-armed ladies in Charlottesville have pioneered the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers — an organization that raises money while doing battle with one another.

Metro Maintenance On Green, Red Lines

While many will enjoy a three-day vacation this weekend, track work on the Metro marches on as ever, with crews performing repairs and installations on the Red and Green Lines.

Road Closures Abound For Memorial Day Weekend

Road closures abound for the bevy of parades in the D.C. area this weekend commemorating Memorial Day. Check out the parade routes so you can avoid getting stuck in your car.

Maryland Hit-And-Run Driver Found Guilty Of Killing Bicyclist

The driver responsible for the hit-and-run death of an aspiring politician in Prince George's County faces a sentence of as last as ten years in jail, after a jury handed down a guilty verdict on Thursday.

Analysis: Senate Agrees On FDA Bill, But Not On Student Loans

David Hawkings of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing explains how it was possible that 96 senators voted for the same thing this week, and whether a similar agreement on a troubled student loan bill will be possible later this year. 

Ocean City's 'Summer Of Thanks' Begins This Weekend

Ocean City has enhanced slate of activities scheduled this year for their 'Summer of Thanks,' starting Memorial Day weekend with a laser light show, an arts and craft fair, and lots more.

Virginia Wants Tourists To Go 'Old School' In Rural Towns

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has introduced a campaign for road trips which embraces the nostalgia of Virginia's small towns.

Maryland Republicans Fighting Special Session On Gambling

Maryland Republicans are taking Governor Martin O'Malley and Democrats to task for considering a special session specifically to take up gambling. 

Chuck Brown Memorial Services Scheduled For Next Week

Memorial services for go-go legend Chuck Brown have been scheduled for next week.

Marion Barry Offends Polish People During Apology To Asians

Gaffe-prone D.C. Council member Marion Barry used a derogatory term for Polish people during an apology to the city's Asian-American community Thursday.

Montgomery County Teen Court Going Strong For 15 Years

Teen Court volunteer students have been laying down judgments for their teenage peers for the past 15 years in Montgomery County. 

U.S. Route 1 Widening Decision Coming Soon

The Federal Highway Administration is about to decide the route for a widened Route 1 in Fairfax County, and it seems like either option is going to leave some people unhappy.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Maryland Senators Pushing Equal Pay For Women

The so-called "war on women" has been a hot-button issue this election cycle, a topic that is likely to flare up again with Democratic senators in Maryland forcing the issue against the GOP by pushing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Arlington Cemetery Gets Prepped For Memorial Day

Hundreds of thousands of American flags will be placed at markers at Arlington National Cemetery this weekend in advance of ceremonies to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

Virginia 511 System Offers Enhanced Traffic Info

With people across Virginia planning sketching out their Memorial Day plans, the commonwealth wants to remind folks that the enhanced 511 traffic information system can save you gridlock-induced headaches.