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Monday, July 18, 2011

Fire At Washington Yacht Club Devastates Four Boats

Some bits of charred wood and the tip of a bow protruding from the water are all the remain of four boats that burned at the Washington Yacht Club in Southeast D.C. early this morning.

Metro Escalators Suffer From Lack Of Weatherproofing

Washington is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. But out-of-towners should be warned to do some leg exercises before arriving in the nation's capital, because many of Metro's escalators are broken.

Busy Day For Montgomery County Council

Montgomery County council members will be attending several meetings and hearings today.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Plen air painters flock to Easton, Empty Chair presents Titus Andronicus and Natalie York brings soulful sounds to the Birchmere.

Pepco Wants More Authority In Tree-Trimming In Montgomery County

In Maryland, Pepco is asking for more authority to trim trees in Montgomery County. But old wounds have yet to heal, meaning the utility is unlikely to get what it wants.

Ehrlich Campaign Aides Due In Court Today

Two political operatives that worked for Maryland's former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich during the 2010 campaign are due in court today over robocalls made on Election Day.

African American Civil War Museum Reopens Days Before 150th Anniversary Of Start of Civil War

The District's African American Civil War Museum has reopened just days before the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

New African American Civil War Museum Opens Today

In the District, the African American Civil War Museum is set to reopen today at a new location.

New Program In D.C. Has Homeless Renovating Homes For A Home Of Their Own

Renovations begin today on a run-down vacant building in Southeast, D.C. – a building that will one day become a house for homeless people on welfare. The construction crew working to fix up the place will be its first tenants.

Balanced Budget Amendment Comes To House Floor Tuesday

The region's lawmakers are preparing to debate a controversial balanced budget amendment this week.

More Fall in Prince George County Corruption Probe

A former Prince George's County fire department official is the latest person to face prison time as a result of a wide-ranging probe into corruption in the county.

Va.'s Emergency Loan Program Deadline Is July 22

Homeowners in Virginia who have fallen behind on their mortgages have a few days left to apply for a HUD sponsored emergency program that gives interest-free, forgivable loans to unemployed and underemployed residents.

Another Hold-up On Metropolitan Branch Trail

Two more robberies have occurred on a trail between Washington and Maryland where there have been several robberies in recent months, the Associated Press reports.

DCPS Teacher Evaluations Not Yet Affecting Test Scores

D.C. Public Schools' new teacher evaluation system, known as IMPACT, will lead to increases in test scores, but not until next year, says schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

African American Civil War Museums Reopens This Week

A weekend of festivities is accompanying the reopening of The African American Civil War Museum in D.C.

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