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Monday, September 19, 2011

Should 'Old Town' Be Added To Metro Map?

King Street Metro station

Metro may be trying to trying to shorten the names of stations in the system, but one local jurisdiction is asking the transit agency to lengthen the name of one of its stations.

Va. Elections: Financing Shows Tight State Races

Waiting in line to vote

The most recent campaign finance reports submitted by candidates in Virginia show that certain seats in the state's General Assembly will be hotly contested in November's elections.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ethics On D.C. Council's Agenda

The D.C. Council is expected to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess this week. But, the political pressure to act on the issue could complicate the reform effort.

Moran Aims To Remove Debt Ceiling

Rep. Jim Moran is proposing legislation to eliminate the national debt ceiling, which he says causes the U.S. more harm than good.

VRE Cracks Downs On Fare Evaders

Despite a crackdown, fare evaders are still a problem for Virginia Railway Express.

Metro Employee Fired For Taking Vehicle

A Metro employee has been fired for documenting false activities and taking home an agency-owned vehicle.

Floods Wash Out Maryland Trails

Maryland state parks are still feeling the effects from the heavy storms and flooding earlier this month.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Site Tracks U.S. Aid Money

The United States gives more money in foreign aid than any other country in the world. A recently launched web database allows people to see where those dollars are being spent.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gray Holds Town Hall With D.C. Kids

Mayor Vincent Gray says he likes to talk directly to kids on issues they're concerned about, such as school safety.

Kara Kennedy, Daughter Of Late Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies

Kara Kennedy Allen, the oldest daughter of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, died Friday at a Washington-area health club.

Nonprofits Urging Early Start to Holidays

Nonprofit groups in the mid-Atlantic region are challenging at least 35,000 donors to support their favorite regional charities in early November.

Transportation Board Wants Hispanic Community's Input

A regional transportation organization is reaching out to the Hispanic community in its latest transit survey.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bowie State Students Mourn Classmate

bowie state

Students at Bowie State are struggling to cope with the fact that classmate Dominique Frazier was fatally stabbed in her dormitory Thursday night.

Former ACU Employee Sentenced To A Year

Diana Hubbard Carr, 57, was sentenced to a year in jail for embezzling $300,000 from the American Conservative Union.

Memorial To Transgender Victim Burned

transgender memorial

The memorial to murdered transgender woman Lashai McLean in NE D.C. has been burned and desecrated.