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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Maryland Bill Aims To Lower The Volume At Dance Halls

A bill designed to reduce the violence at dance halls and clubs in Prince George's County has passed County Council scrutiny.

Tree Branch Falls In D.C. Park, Injures Five

Five people, including three children, have been taken to the hospital after being struck by a large branch while playing in a D.C. park.

Gray Campaign Investigated for Illegally Converted Cash Contributions

D.C.'s office of campaign finance is investigating allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.

Fairfax Man Arrested In Connection With Pakistani Spy Agency Payments

A federal law enforcement official says a man from Virginia is under arrest and has been charged with getting money from Pakistan's spy agency and acting as an unregistered foreign lobbyist for the Pakistani government, according to the Associated Press.

More Snakehead Fish Found In Maryland

The northern snakehead fish is extending its territory in Maryland.

Patrols Heightened On Metropolitan Branch Trail After More Muggings

Many commuters and others who use the Metropolitan Branch Trail say they're upset about an ongoing rash of robberies there.

Southbound Colesville Road Reopens After Police Car Crash

Update 10:30 a.m. Colesville Road in Silver Spring has reopened after last night's accident.

Civil War Anniversary Is Manassas Battlefield's Time To Shine

Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia is just days away from commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's first major battle.

At African American Civil War Museum Opening, Gray Makes Pitch For Statehood

This week's re-opening of the African American Civil War Museum in Northwest D.C. presented an opportunity for some local elected officials to highlight one of the city's most nagging issues.

Mayor Gray Still Seeking Welfare Reform In D.C.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to press for welfare reform in the District after reducing benefits for long-term recipients earlier this year.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pedicabbers Up In Arms After Seeing Driver Tased On Mall

D.C. pedicab operators are once again calling attention to their treatment by the U.S. Park Police after they say one of their own was unfairly arrested and subdued with a Taser on the National Mall.

Pepco Wants More Authority In Tree-Trimming In Montgomery County

In Maryland, Pepco is asking for more authority to trim trees in Montgomery County. But old wounds have yet to heal, meaning the utility is unlikely to get what it wants.

Metro Escalators Suffer From Lack Of Weatherproofing

Washington is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. But out-of-towners should be warned to do some leg exercises before arriving in the nation's capital, because many of Metro's escalators are broken.

African American Civil War Museum Reopens Days Before 150th Anniversary Of Start of Civil War

The District's African American Civil War Museum has reopened just days before the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Busy Day For Montgomery County Council

Montgomery County council members will be attending several meetings and hearings today.

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