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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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.

D.C. Celebrates Bastille Day With French Maid Race And Other Festivities

It's Bastille Day - that means parties and celebrations across the city for holiday celebrating the French revolution. ?

Bicycle Crashes Increase In Fairfax County

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

Alexandria Considers Eminent Domain

For the last one hundred years, the Old Dominion Boat Club has occupied a valuable spot of real estate at the foot of King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Now Boat Club member Bert Ely says the club is worried that some of that land might be taken by the city of Alexandria.

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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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.

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