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Monday, September 26, 2011

Alexandria Worries About Mark Center Response Times

A red light bulb marks a vintage piece of equipment in Alexandria fire station.

Rush hour traffic isn't the only thing Alexandrians are worried about when it comes to BRAC; firefighters are also worried about their response times in the area.

Washington Monument Opening Date Still Unclear

Large crack in Washington Monument

National Park Service officials are expected to  give a progress update on the Washington Monument later today. The park service discovered several cracks in the monument after the earthquake that hit in Virginia last month.

O'Malley Seeks End To Battle Over FEMA Funding

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is calling for an end to ongoing bickering in Congress over where disaster relief funding for cleanup from Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding should come from.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gray Withdraws Mallett Nomination

Mayor Vincent Gray withdrew his nomination of Robert Mallett to be chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics because he fails to meet a three-year residency requirement.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 26

Parade pit stops at Ford's, Bill Staines in Rockville and a pre-Internet viral sensation.

Fred Fiske Says Farewell

Longtime Washington broadcaster and commentator, Fred Fiske, marks the 64th anniversary of his radio career with a look back at his life and some final words.

Actors Put Bartenders To The Test

A new research involving actors begins this week to find out how well Montgomery County bartenders handle service to intoxicated customers.

Va. Wildfire Continues Burning Despite Rain

A 2-month-old wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia continues burning, despite the heavy rains that recently hit the area.

NFL Impersonator Faces First-Degree Fraud Charges

A Fort Washington man accused of impersonating an NFL quarterback remains in custody with Prince George's County police.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Funding Pulled From Bay Restoration Project In WV

A $3 million federal grant was withdrawn from a Chesapeake Bay restoration project in West Virginia, which state officials say would have sharply reduced pollution flowing into the Bay.

NPS Commemorates Fort Marcy

The National Park Service commemorated Fort Marcy, a key point in defending the nation's capital against Confederate forces.

D.C.'s Aims For Sustainability With Start In September

D.C. officials are kicking off a new planning effort to make the District the most sustainable city in the nation, and they're asking residents for help.

Va. Seeks Waiver From No Child Left Behind

Virginia education officials are planning to seek a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires that students show proficiency in reading and math by 2014.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Sees Fixes

arlington national cemetary

After reports of mismanagement marred assessments last year, the Army's Inspector General reports that operations at Arlington National Cemetery have improved considerably.

Public Input Needed For D.C. Sustainability

D.C. is launching a new sustainability initiative to make the city a greener, healthier place, and they're asking for input from residents.