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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Unions Protest Dulles Rail Press Conference

Local politicians in Northern Virginia want non-union contractors to be able to work on the Dulles Metrorail project, and that view is making union activists furious.

Virginia Redistricting Plans Lack Consensus

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are reworking plans for redistricting, after Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed a previous proposal. A House committee unanimously approved a new version this week, but a consensus among all the players has yet to emerge.

Commentary By Peg Hacskaylo: Preserving Victim Services

It's budget season in the District of Columbia. Mayor Vincent Gray has released his vision of a spending plan -- to close a budget gap of more than $300 million. Now the D.C Council must reevaluate it's priorities. Commentator Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of the nonprofit District Alliance for Safe Housing, is asking the city to remember victims of domestic violence.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Go global from the comfort of your beltway. The region offers a number of ways to enrich your global perspective this week.

Taffety Punk's Vision: Affordable Theater For All

A group called Taffety Punk is bringing an inventive, low-budget approach to producing plays in the D.C. area. Its credo is: "Artist-centered, exciting, affordable" and the theater company's newest effort is called "The Car Plays".

Maryland Acquires Land For Final Part Of ICC

Maryland now has the land in Prince George's County that will allow for the final phase of the Intercounty Connector to be completed.

MoCo Synagogue Vandalized On Eve Of Passover

As police in Montgomery County, Md., search for the vandals responsible for the damage to a synagogue in Potomac, some temple members and business owners are considering its connection to the start of Passover.

Security At D.C.-Run Juvenile Justice Center In Question

New questions are being raised about the safety and security of a juvenile detention center in Maryland that houses young people from the District.

Former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer Dead At 89

William Donald Schaefer, who had served as both Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor during a lengthy political career, has died. He was 89.

Schaefer will lie in repose Monday at the State House in Annapolis and next Tuesday at Baltimore's City Hall.

Georgetown Waterfront Cleanup Still Underway

Crews are still working furiously to pump out the lower level of the Washington Harbor complex on the Georgetown waterfront, after last night's high tide once again flooded the area.

Power Breakfast: Social Insecurity

From Capitol New Connection -- Until now, Social Security has mostly stayed out of the budget fray. That's likely to change, however, when Congress reconvenes in May.

This story is the first installment in a two-part "Social Insecurity" series.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Police Target Reckless Driving On Fairfax Co. Parkway

If you're accustomed to flying down the Fairfax County Parkway to beat the rush, take note: police are targeting speeders and reckless drivers on the thoroughfare beginning this week.

Va. Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down After Storm

Officials from the Surry nuclear power station in southeastern Virginia say this weekend's strong storms forced a shutdown of the facility's reactors.

Power Breakfast: A Post-vote, Pre-recess Debriefing

From Capitol News Connection:Before they scattered to their respective corners for the week, Senators fielded questions about nuclear energy.

A Push for Weatherization in the District

With the weather warming up, one non-profit group in the District is going door-to-door to encourage residents to save money on their energy bills by going green and weatherizing their homes.