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Friday, November 4, 2011

MPD Chief Not Budging On Scanner Encryption

Despite an outcry from media outlets, the D.C. police department seems unlikely to reverse its decision to encrypt its radio communications, which will prevent those outside the department from listening in.

Montgomery, Prince George's Cos. Pledge Transportation Cooperation

In a first-ever transit summit bringing together officials from Prince George's and Montgomery counties this week, officials said they hope to bridge the transportation gap between them.

Route 1 Funding May Influence Virginia Election

Route 1 Traffic

The recent announcement of funding to expand Route 1 to six lanes near Ft. Belvoir may prove to be an important wedge issue in a Virginia State Senate election.

New Fund Helps Nonprofits Go Solar

Going solar can help nonprofits cut the money they spend on energy, if they can cover the upfront costs, that is. A new fund in D.C. is helping them do just that.

Your Letters

Listeners respond to our recent "Haunted D.C." and "Outside Looking In" editions of the show.

[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "Rock Around the Clock (Rock'n'Roll)" by Hugo Strasser from Tanzalbum Des Jahrhunderts (Disc 2)]

Door To Door: Edgewood, D.C. & Olney, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Edgewood in Northeast D.C., and Olney, Md.

[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Details Revealed About McQuain Slayings

Charging documents released Thursday revealed the unsettling details of the murders of 51-year-old mother Jane McQuain and her 11-year-old son William McQuain.

Man Arrested For Threats To Cantor

eric cantor

The FBI arrested a 62-year-old Tennessee man Wednesday for making threatening comments towards House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and his family.

New, Bigger Cars Approved For MARC

marc train

Frequent commuters on the MARC will find a lot to like about the 54 new cars being purchased, which are faster, have more entrances, and offer expanded legroom.

Crashes Cost D.C. Area $7.4 Billion Yearly

The costs incurred from car crashes in the D.C. region are rising, despite a decline in the number of road fatalities.

D.C. Sued For Not Supervising Committed Juveniles


D.C. is facing a $20 million lawsuit from a family that alleges that improper supervision of committed juveniles led to the murder of their son.

Maryland Dispensary Scrutinized For Illegal Liquor Purchase

Worcester County Officials recently purchased $175,000 of liquor from an Alabama wholesaler, in a move that goes directly against Maryland state law.

Metro Station Name Changes Approved

metro map

The Metro map may soon look different than you remember it -- the Metro Board has approved name changes that will go into effect next June.

Closing Arguments Continue In Currie Trial

An attorney stated in closing arguments Thursday that Maryland State Senator Ulysses Grant was far too transparent about his activities for his actions with Shoppers Food Warehouse to be considered bribery.

D.C. Boots Half Of Parking Enforcement Staff

Your odds of having a boot installed in your car in D.C. have just gone down, as the Department of Public Works announced that they have laid off half of the "boot team."