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Thursday, August 4, 2011

D.C. Looks More Affordable In Light Of Commuting Costs

Despite higher housing costs, it may be actually be cheaper to live in the District and other urban centers, according to a D.C. government report released Aug. 3.

D.C. Council Member Fined For Campaign Finance Violations

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander has been fined $4,000 for violations connected to her constituent services fund.

New Beltway Speed Cameras Target Construction Worker, Driver Safety

Drivers going at least 12 miles above the speed limit on a stretch of Southbound I-95 and I-495 in Prince George's County, Maryland will soon receive citations generated by automated cameras. The cameras are part of the state's SafeZones Program designed to improve safety in construction areas.

Scientists: Ozone-related Health Problems Will Get Worse With Climate Change

Climatologists say the recent heat wave in the D.C. area may be a glimpse of our future. Average temperatures in the U.S. have risen faster than usual over the past several decades, and this may create health problems.

Virginia To Address Liability Issues On Digital Credentials

Many companies and government agencies use digital credentials online to guard against fraud and identity thieves. But a state panel is grappling with the question of who should be liable if those credentials fall into the wrong hands.

Hearing Loss Can't Stop Musicians' Beat

A new book by members of a local non-profit combines two things you might not normally pair up: making music and hearing loss. For these musicians, there were ways to keep the music playing even after losing their hearing.

Wildlife Center Of Virginia Sets Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Into Wild

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has released a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild. A ceremony took place at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County to mark the event.

D.C. Offers Fugitives The Opportunity For 'Safe Surrender'

The District is offering people with outstanding warrants the chance to turn themselves in at the D.C. Superior Courthouse this month.

Va. Lawmakers Hope To Renew Offshore Drilling Effort This Fall

Virginia lawmakers are fighting for the state to get billions of dollars in revenue by allowing drilling off its coast, but the proposal is stalled in Congress and the state's congressional delegation still can't agree on whether to drill at all.

Person With Gun Reported At Virginia Tech

Update, 2:45 p.m.

Authorities have lifted the alert. Police will remain on campus the rest of the day.

Earlier this afternoon, campus authorities cancelled classes for the rest of the day at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., after juveniles on campus for a camp reported seeing a man possibly carrying a gun.

Police Release Video Of Serial Slasher Suspect

Police in Fairfax County have posted a video on YouTube that they hope will help them catch a man believed responsible for roughly half a dozen slashing attacks on young women.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BWI Breaks Passenger Records Yet Again

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is reaching passenger records despite the rough economy.

Milton Whitley: Facing His Fear Of Learning To Read

Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.

14th Street Bridge Construction Finishes This Weekend

A bit of good news for commuters who travel into the District from Northern Virginia: construction is soon to be complete in the northbound lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.

Virginia DA Seeks Law Enforcement Authority On Medical Fraud Cases

Investigators in Virginia's Attorney General's office are seeking greater powers to catch suspects committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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