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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Metro Adds New Bus Route To Deal With BRAC Traffic Woes In Alexandria

Metro has unveiled a new bus line to help handle traffic problems in Alexandria, Virginia created by the Base Realignment and Closure changes.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Ten years of Irvine Contemporary, Kodachrome color at Photoworks and Georgetown University stages The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Experts Look To Reduce The Number Of Children Dying In Hot Cars

As temperatures remain above 90 degrees in the D.C. area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bringing experts together to reduce the number of children dying in hot vehicles.

New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

Montgomery County To Get Its First Charter School

The first charter school in Montgomery County got its approval Monday night, as the Montgomery County Board of Education voted 6-2 in favor of a proposal for the Crossways Montessori School.

Nats' Top Prospect Harper Draws A Crowd In Bowie

The Washington Nationals' top prospect, Bryce Harper, is in Bowie, Maryland this week with the Harrisburg Senators for a series against the Baysox.

West Nile Virus Found In D.C. Area Mosquitoes

The first reported West Nile Virus of the year has been detected in mosquitoes in Prince William County, Virginia, and the D.C. Department of Health says it has also identified West Nile Virus in mosquito samples.

Museum Holds 9/11 Memorial Discussion

The National Building Museum in downtown D.C. is hosting a discussion tonight on 9/11 memorials in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Serial Butt Slasher Sought After Incident At Fair Oaks Mall

Authorities are looking for a suspect that may be linked to a series of slashing incidents in Northern Virginia.

Blackwater Moves To Arlington Under New Name

The global security company formerly known as Blackwater is moving its corporate headquarters to the Washington region. This news comes at the same time that a lawsuit involving former Blackwater employees goes to trial in Virginia.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Arlington Considers Future Of Its Last Dairy Farm

In Virginia, leaders in Arlington County are trying to determine the future of Reevesland, the last working dairy farm in what is now a thriving urban area.

Virginia To Consider Early Standardized Testing

Later this week, members of the Virginia Board of Education are set to take up a proposal that would allow school divisions to conduct standardized testing earlier for students in middle school, and retest those who fail.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Media

It's interesting that while most of our institutions and businesses have been heading in the direction of amalgamation, increasing size and tighter control, the news industry seems to be returning to a means of dissemination, which more closely resembles the past.

Nearly A Thousand FAA Employees On Furlough In D.C. Area

Thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers are on furlough this week because of a failure by Congressional lawmakers to agree on funding for the agency.

Brown Comments On Thomas Case: Says He's 'Disappointed' With The Situation

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he is "disappointed" with the situation involving Council member Harry Thomas Jr.

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