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Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Web Tool Helps Maximize Retirement Benefits

The country's economic problems have forced many people to delay retirement. The AARP now has a tool on its website that helps people decide the best time to retire.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

James Dean Brewer Back In Custody After Escaping

Police say James Dean Brewer, the suspect that escaped from custody Saturday morning, has been recaptured.

New Smartphone App Aims To Hook In Fishermen

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is offering a new smartphone application that will help fishermen identify their catch or locate nearby boat ramps or recreation areas.??

Manassas Brims With Anticipation of Sesquicentennial

In less than a week, Manassas, Va. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas and the start of the Civil War.

Another Setback In Obama Administration's Crackdown On Leaks To Media

A former senior spy agency official has been sentenced to probation and community service for leaking information about a federal espionage program.

McDonnell Continues To Plead With Pentagon Over BRAC Moves

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is once again pleading with the Pentagon to delay moving thousands of its employees to the Mark Center in Alexandria.

New Operations Center In Montgomery County To Have Green Roof

Green roofs are becoming a common addition to new buildings throughout the region.

Florida Manatee Back In The Chesapeake Bay

Chessie, the wandering Florida manatee, is back in the Chesapeake Bay.

Capitals Host Thousands Of Fans On Saturday In Arlington

While lockouts in the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have some sports fans frustrated, the District’s hockey team continues to draw an audience.

Man Treks Thousands Of Miles For Conservation

A man is using any means necessary -- except cars or mass transit -- to cover 6,000 miles of terrain in an effort to call attention to conservation of North America's wild lands.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Maryland Senator Tries To Fight The 'Resource Curse'

One year ago today, the U.S. Senate approved the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill. But not all of it is being enforced. One provision that deals with the so-called "resource curse" is still just words, and one local senator is calling on regulators to stop dragging their feet.

Don't Feed Metro's Escalators With Flip-Flops

Every year approximately three dozen flip-flops are "eaten up" by escalators. Metro's been having escalator problems, and it's reminding riders not to make the problem worse.

D.C. Biodiesel Entrepreneur Sees Fuel's Future In Fryer Grease

For one District resident, a search for a new charge in life led him to an environmental quest to help convert vehicles to biodiesel fuel.

Manassas Businesses Pin Hopes on Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War started with the First Battle of Manassas. Next week, the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle, and this could bring a lot more attention to city than it has received in generations.

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