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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Arlington Man Sentenced For Stealing $218,000 From FTC

A former supply clerk for the Federal Trade Commission has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for making thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases.

Judge Throws Out Chesapeake Residents' Coal Ash Lawsuit

Hundreds of Chesapeake, Virginia, residents plan to refile a $1 billion coal ash lawsuit against Dominion Virginia Power after a judge threw it out last week, according to the Associated Press.

Virginia Redistricting: Lawmakers At An Impasse

An architect of Virginia's new Congressional redistricting plan says Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to move forward.

Frederick Co. To Address Meeting Prayer

In Maryland, Frederick County Commissioners are considering loosening a proposed public-meeting prayer policy, according to the Associated Press.

Drug Court Proponents Await D.C. Region's First Veterans' Court

In recent years, more and more veterans with substance abuse problems are finding help and accountability in specialized veterans' treatment courts across the country. But the movement hasn't yet caught on in the D.C. region; no local court has created an all-veteran docket.

D.C. Appropriations Bill Heads To House Floor With Restrictions On Funding

The Obama administration is opposing Congress's efforts to restrict funding for needle exchange and abortions for poor women in the District of Columbia.

A D.C. Eviction Raises Questions About Rights Of Renters

The eviction of a family of immigrants from a house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Northwest D.C. is raising questions about the rights of renters in the District.

Bicycle Crashes Increase In Fairfax County

Crashes involving bicycles are up in Fairfax County, according to new statistics.

Vandalism, Possible Hate Crime Shakes Montgomery Co. Neighborhood

Montgomery County police say the rash of vandalism in the Spencerville neighborhood is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

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.