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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

MoCo Looks To End Renewable Energy Subsidies

The Montgomery County Council is poised to end a program that provides tax breaks for residential renewable energy installations, but council members differ on whether the program has been effective.

Prince William Residents Blame Robo-signing For Rash Of Foreclosures

For sale sign in front of foreclosed house

With more than 25 percent of homes in their neighborhood foreclosed on in the past couple of years, Prince William County residents are seeking an investigation by state authorities into the practice of 'robo-signing.'

D.C. Council Tax Debate Breeds Tension


The D.C. Council voted yesterday to raise the income tax for residents making $350,000 or more, but the discussion before the vote was anything but routine.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 21

Historic tapestries, a hope chest and Brooklyn’s beautiful hills.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Va. Council: Private University Students Need Help


The Va. Council of Education voted to increase funding for a program that provides aids to students at private universities.

D.C. Raises Taxes On Highest Earners


The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to raise taxes on residents reporting more than $350,000 a year in income, closing a potential budget gap.

ADA Compliance To Cost MoCo More Than $20M

The price tag to make Montgomery County buildings ADA-compliant could be well in excess of $20 million, according to an audit.

Report: Rapes In D.C. Up 25 Percent In 2010

police tape

According to the FBI's "Crime in the U.S." report, rapes in Washington D.C. were up 25 percent for 2010, prompting calls for greater MPD resources.

PG County Cops Indicted For UMD Beating

pg county police beating

Two Prince George's County police officers were indicted by a grand jury on assault charges Tuesday, in connection with the beating of an unarmed UMD student after a basketball win in 2010.

Va. Gov., Google Launch Small Business Program

Governor McDonnell, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

Va. governor Martin McDonnell met with officials from Google to announce a new program that helps local small businesses build a web presence.


Registry For Va. Abusers Lacks Momentum

The Virginia Crime Commission will decide by December whether to implement registries for domestic and animal abusers, though so far the proposal hasn't garnered much support.

Prosecutors: Crank Calls Netted Md. Man $4M


A Md. man could face as many as 20 years in jail for engineering a crank calling scam which used pay phones to scam companies and government organizations out of $4 million over six years.

Capital Bikeshare Celebrates First Birthday


The Capital Bikeshare is celebrating its first birthday with a free party at Yards Park Thursday, to coincide with Car Free Day.

PG County Holds Special Primary Election

council seat vacated by leslie johnson

Prince George's County is holding a special election for District 6 on Tuesday, to fill the county council seat vacated in the wake of Leslie Johnson's bribery scandal.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hidden D.C.: Inside a Sewer Tunnel

The SAM 101 Team

They work in a place that's dark, dank, and occasionally dangerous. So how do the people who spend their 9 to 5 in the city's sewers feel about their jobs?