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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oyster Population Even Lower Than Previously Thought

It's long been known that there are far fewer oysters in the bay than there used to be, but research from the University of Maryland suggests the drop is even more severe than earlier estimates.

Man Accused In Presumed Death Of Robyn Gardner Could Be Freed

A judge in Aruba is deciding whether there's enough evidence to keep a Gaithersburg, Md. businessman jailed in the presumed death of Robyn Gardern, a resident of Frederick, Md.

In Advance Of BRAC, Fairfax Co. Launches New Bus Route To Fort Belvoir

As Northern Virginia braces for the commuting challenges expected from the transfer of thousands of jobs to Fort Belvoir, officials in Fairfax County are hoping a new bus route will ease some of the load.

Nonprofit Accused Of Using City HIV/AIDS Funds To Benefit Strip Club

A nonprofit organization in D.C. is being accused of using money from a city HIV/AIDS program to renovate a warehouse that's now being used as a strip club.

Montgomery Co. Councilmember Calls For Alternative To Youth Curfew

Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews is speaking out about his opposition to a county wide youth curfew.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

19 Schools Closed In Prince George's County

More than a dozen schools are still closed in Prince George's County this morning in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The rest will open on time today, but the system has already closed schools twice in a school year only six days old, and that could cause an issue for school administrators.

Fairfax Search and Rescue Team Helps With Hurricane Irene Recovery in Conn.

Virginia was spared the worst of Hurricane Irene, but the commonwealth's most experienced first responders have been active since before the storm even hit.

Virginia Works To Pick Up Pieces After Hurricane Irene

The sound of chain saws and generators have been piercing the air in many parts of Virginia as residents dig out from under the debris left by Hurricane Irene.

After Irene, Pepco Critic Still Has Strong Words For Utility

In the 24 hours after Hurricane Irene passed, PEPCO was able to restore power to two-thirds of the customers who lost it. But one of the utility's harshest critics is still not impressed.

Arlington Prepares Energy Labels For Government Buildings

Visitors to county-owned buildings in Arlington are about to start seeing something new -- labels documenting energy use and carbon consumption. The county is planning to start installing the signs in October.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Cantor Draws Line On Disaster Funding

It's still summer break for most in Congress, but as Russell Berman, staff writer for The Hill newspaper, reports, the White House is already sparring with Eric Cantor over federal funding for the Hurricane Irene response.

Md. Gov. Tours Irene Damage, Commends Response

In Maryland, the state's top two leaders spent the day inspecting damage from Hurricane Irene and checking on efforts to restore power to those who still don't have it.

Montgomery Co. Considering New Law To Prosecute Flash Mobs

In Montgomery County, Md., the mass robbery of a convenience store by 25 teens earlier this month is prompting some councilmembers to call for new laws to address the crime.

Area Red Cross Workers Threaten To Strike

The American Red Cross says about 200 workers who staff blood drives in five states including Virginia and Maryland plan to go on strike on September 16.

Maryland Man Dies Due To Indoor Generator Use

Officials in Maryland say one person is dead and six people are hospitalized because they were improperly using generators to power their homes after they lost electric service because of Hurricane Irene.

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