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Thursday, July 14, 2011

BWI Airport Sets Passenger Records For May

Maryland's largest airport has set passenger records again. More than 2 million people passed through the airport in May.

D.C. Succeeds In Getting Contractors To Hire District Residents

Lawmakers in D.C. say a pilot program that offers contractors more money if they hire city residents is already paying off.

Expect Weekend Metro Delays For The Next 12 Months

Metro has released a schedule for its track maintenance projects over the next 12 months which calls for widespread delays and closures.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Andy Warhol’s POP, “Amazians” in hip-hop and the evolution of the woodcut.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Montgomery County Police Investigating Hate Crime In Cloverly

About two dozen residents of the Spencerville neighborhood in Cloverly, Maryland got a rude awakening this morning when they woke to find their cars vandalized.

Gray Says Gun Ban Solution On the Way

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says a solution to the city’s de facto ban on handguns is in the works.

The Redskins Are Going Green

The Washington Redskins plans to install solar panels this September at FedExField in Landover Maryland. There'll also be panels installed in the stadium's parking lot.

Charlie Sheen Escort Routine Says Report

A new District of Columbia inspector general's report says there was nothing unusual about the police escort given to actor Charlie Sheen, according to A.P.

New Montgomery County Facility Will Cost 'Nothing' Eventually

In Maryland, leaders in Montgomery County broke ground on a new facility they hope will spur development near the Shady Grove Metro Station.

Protester Arrested In D.C. Statehood Demontration Goes To Trial

The trial of one of the D.C. protesters arrested for demonstrating for D.C.'s autonomy in April began today at D.C. Superior Court, but was ultimately delayed

Calls Don't Stop For DCFD On High Heat Days

The high temperatures we've been experiencing in the Metro area have prompted many people to take it easy. The heat means more work for local firefighters, as they rush to treat heat-related illnesses.

FBI Probing Document Thefts From Md. Historical Society

An attempted theft at the Maryland Historical Society has touched off a national investigation. Federal officials are now checking to see if the suspects have taken documents from other museums and archives.

Tommy Wells Loses Powerful Transportation Committee Post

It's been a rocky year so far at the D.C. Council with several scandals and investigations. As the council prepares to break for the summer, there's been one final twist: an unprecedented reshuffling of committee assignments.

Va. Governor McDonnell's PAC Raises $1.5 Million

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's political action committee raised $1.5 million in the past three months, and records show nearly all the funds came from large individual donations.

Fairfax Board Chair: LaHood Plan For Dulles Metrorail Looks Promising

Fairfax County's board of supervisors is still considering a proposal that would end the deadlock over the proposed Metrorail station at Dulles Airport, but Board Chair Sharon Bulova appears optimistic about the latest plan.

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