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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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. ?

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.

Ghanaian Citizens Charged With Smuggling Heroin Into Dulles Airport

Dulles International Airport has become a pivot point for heroin smugglers.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin Is Trying To Preserve Jobs And Benefits

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is trying to convince his colleagues to preserve jobs and benefits for federal workers.

D.C. Cop Charged in Sexual Assaults

A D.C. police officer has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused three women while on duty.

UMD Fills Head Coach Positions For Football And Basketball Programs

The University of Maryland has new coaches for its football and basketball programs, and both are getting substantial raises to become Terrapins.

Woman And Toddler Jump Out of Car To Escape Carjacker

A woman jumped out of her car with her toddler onto the Beltway to escape a carjacker.

Roger Clemens Trial: Judge Declares Mistrial

The judge presiding over Roger Clemens' perjury trial has declared a mistrial this morning due to evidence he believed would prejudice the jury against the former baseball star.

Fenty Takes Job At D.C. Law Firm

Former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty is joining a D.C. law firm, NBC Washington reports. He will become special counsel at Klores Perry Mitchell, P.C., according to the firm.

Arlington Man Sentenced For Stealing $218,000 From FTC

A former supply clerk for the Federal Trade Commission has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for making thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases.

Judge Throws Out Chesapeake Residents' Coal Ash Lawsuit

Hundreds of Chesapeake, Virginia, residents plan to refile a $1 billion coal ash lawsuit against Dominion Virginia Power after a judge threw it out last week, according to the Associated Press.

Virginia Redistricting: Lawmakers At An Impasse

An architect of Virginia's new Congressional redistricting plan says Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to move forward.

Frederick Co. To Address Meeting Prayer

In Maryland, Frederick County Commissioners are considering loosening a proposed public-meeting prayer policy, according to the Associated Press.

Drug Court Proponents Await D.C. Region's First Veterans' Court

In recent years, more and more veterans with substance abuse problems are finding help and accountability in specialized veterans' treatment courts across the country. But the movement hasn't yet caught on in the D.C. region; no local court has created an all-veteran docket.

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.