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Thursday, June 2, 2011

City, Federal Agencies Closed Again Due To Power Outage

A power outage along North Capitol Street in the District is still affecting almost 1,900 customers, and agencies with offices in the area are closed again today.

O'Malley Meets With Tasly Group On Economic Trip To Asia

A Chinese company that makes traditional medicine pills said to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is investing $40 million in Maryland.

D.C. May Be Without Breathalyzer Program Until Next Spring

Authorities in D.C. say it could take another nine months before the city's breathalyzer program is up-and-running again. At least one official is concerned that without this key law enforcement tool, the city could see more drunken drivers.

D.C. Businesses Offer Free Refills On Water Bottles

A new program in the District is urging residents to drink water sustainably.

LaHood Meeting On Dulles Rail Yields No Agreement

The partners working to build an extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport are deeply divided, and their funding agreement is on the verge of collapse. Now, the federal government is stepping in.

No Charges Will Be Filed In DC9 Death

In the District, prosecutors say they won't press charges in the death of a man who died following an altercation outside the DC9 nightclub in October. The U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. says there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The District's Miyazaki, VSA's Shift, and the 24 Hour City Project.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Police Identify 12-Year-Old Homicide Victim In Gaithersburg

Police in Montgomery County, Md., have identified the 12-year-old girl found dead Tuesday evening in a Gaithersburg townhome.

Psychiatric Facilities Turned Away Mentally Ill, Va. OIG Reports

The Commonwealth of Virginia says approximately 200 mentally ill residents who posed a threat to themselves or others were turned away from psychiatric facilities over the past year, according to a new state report.

Federal Officials Intervene In Dulles Metrorail Clash

The Obama administration is staging an intervention of sorts for the Dulles Metrorail project to get the rail extension back on track.

Questions About Bus Safety Follow Fatal Bus Crash

It's a booming industry, where every day, low-price buses head north from D.C. to New York, Philadelphia and Boston, and south to North Carolina and elsewhere. But exhausted drivers and a lack of seat belts have led to calls for more regulation.

New Va. Human Trafficking Laws Provide Options For Victims

State lawmakers from Northern Virginia and local law enforcement leaders say new measures signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell should make a big difference in fighting human-trafficking.

Transportation Safety Board Investigates Va. Bus Crash

Virginia State Police say driver fatigue was one of the factors that led to a tour bus flipping over and killing four of its passengers on I-95 in Virginia Tuesday. But it may be a while before we know what really caused the fatal crash.

At Long Last, Sulaimon Brown Says He'll Testify

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown will finally testify before the D.C. Council for its investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

Faulty Breathalyzers On D.C. Council's Agenda Today

The District's ongoing problems with its breathalyzer program will be the focus of a D.C. Council hearing later today.

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