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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Super Committee Faces Lines Of Lobbyists

Capitol Building

As the super committee focuses on cutting more than $1 trillion from the nation's debt, lobbyists are pushing committee members to support their interests.

Low Test Scores At MoCo High Schools

Reports indicate nearly half of public high schools in Montgomery County failed to make the grade on statewide tests this year.

Event Offers Wild Mushroom Education

After four people were hospitalized last month, the Mycological Association of Washington hosted an event to help people identify which mushrooms are safe to eat and which are not.

Wind Blows Engineer From Monument

Sky-high inspections of the Washington Monument were temporarily halted this weekend after a strong gust of wind blew an engineer clear off the top.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Body Found On Metro Tracks In Rockville

Police are investigating the death of a 37-year-old man found dead on the tracks near Rockville Metro station early Saturday morning.

O'Malley To Re-energize Offshore Wind Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to re-introduce his offshore wind energy bill in the upcoming session, but State Sen. Jim Mathias says he'll need to convince more than politicians if he wants the bill passed.

Va. Mortgage Company Denies Loan Discrimination

A Virginia mortgage company denies discriminating against Black and Hispanic borrowers, but has agreed to revise its practices to avoid litigation costs.

Smithsonian Displays Historic White House Decorations

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian lets visitors explore decorative arts that have been displayed at the White House over the years.

Free Foreclosure Counseling In MoCo

Free foreclosure counseling and legal advice for homeowners will be offered for Montgomery County residents Saturday.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Tysons Corner Metro: On Schedule Or Not?

Opinions differ on whether Phase I of the Tysons Corner Metro station will be completed according to schedule -- which has construction wrapping up in 2013.

Marion Barry's Turkey Giveaway Comes With A Twist

frozen turkey

D.C. Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry is changing up his annual turkey giveaway to encourage residents to be more community-minded.

Worshippers At NoVa Mosque React To al-Awlaki's Death

Worshippers at the Northern Virginia mosque where Anwar al-Awlaki once served as imam have mixed reactions to news of his death.

UMD Team Wins Architecture Prize At Solar Decathlon

watershed, a solar home

At the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this week, the team from University of Maryland won first prize in the architecture category for their solar-powered home dubbed "Watershed."

Metro Repairs To Cause Weekend Delays


Metro is already telling weekend commuters to tack 20 minutes onto their travel times, as single-tracking will slow down the Blue, Orange, Green and Red line trains.

WaPo's McCartney: Ulysses Currie's Trial Began This Week, Va. Mass Transit Spending Dispute

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top stories, including Maryland State Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery charges and the dispute between state officials and local authorities in Virginia over mass spending.