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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Patrols Heightened On Metropolitan Branch Trail After More Muggings

Many commuters and others who use the Metropolitan Branch Trail say they're upset about an ongoing rash of robberies there.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Balanced Budget Amendment Comes To House Floor Tuesday

The region's lawmakers are preparing to debate a controversial balanced budget amendment this week.

Va.'s Emergency Loan Program Deadline Is July 22

Homeowners in Virginia who have fallen behind on their mortgages have a few days left to apply for a HUD sponsored emergency program that gives interest-free, forgivable loans to unemployed and underemployed residents.

DCPS Teacher Evaluations Not Yet Affecting Test Scores

D.C. Public Schools' new teacher evaluation system, known as IMPACT, will lead to increases in test scores, but not until next year, says schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Homeless To Rehab Houses In D.C.'s 'Sweat Equity' Program

The District is rolling out an innovative program, the "sweat equity program," to boost the city's housing stock for the homeless and at the same help the unemployed find work.

Pedicabbers Up In Arms After Seeing Driver Tased On Mall

D.C. pedicab operators are once again calling attention to their treatment by the U.S. Park Police after they say one of their own was unfairly arrested and subdued with a Taser on the National Mall.

Pepco Wants More Authority In Tree-Trimming In Montgomery County

In Maryland, Pepco is asking for more authority to trim trees in Montgomery County. But old wounds have yet to heal, meaning the utility is unlikely to get what it wants.

Metro Escalators Suffer From Lack Of Weatherproofing

Washington is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. But out-of-towners should be warned to do some leg exercises before arriving in the nation's capital, because many of Metro's escalators are broken.

African American Civil War Museum Reopens Days Before 150th Anniversary Of Start of Civil War

The District's African American Civil War Museum has reopened just days before the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Busy Day For Montgomery County Council

Montgomery County council members will be attending several meetings and hearings today.

New Program In D.C. Has Homeless Renovating Homes For A Home Of Their Own

Renovations begin today on a run-down vacant building in Southeast, D.C. – a building that will one day become a house for homeless people on welfare. The construction crew working to fix up the place will be its first tenants.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Plen air painters flock to Easton, Empty Chair presents Titus Andronicus and Natalie York brings soulful sounds to the Birchmere.

More Fall in Prince George County Corruption Probe

A former Prince George's County fire department official is the latest person to face prison time as a result of a wide-ranging probe into corruption in the county.

Another Hold-up On Metropolitan Branch Trail

Two more robberies have occurred on a trail between Washington and Maryland where there have been several robberies in recent months, the Associated Press reports.

CQ Roll Call: Debt-Ceiling Talks Continue This Week

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news that’s going with the nation’s debt crisis.

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