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Monday, April 18, 2011

Electric Car Owners Urge Others To Go Gas-Free

Mark Mercer is happy to show off his 1984 Pontiac Fiero. You might be wondering why -- but it's because the decades-old vehicle has been converted to an electric vehicle for less than $10,000.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Earth gets honored with oil paintings and woodcuts, plus some one-act plays about people and their cars courtesy of Taffety Punk.

I Bought An Electric Car. Now What?

Fairfax County resident Ron Ball was one of the first people in Virginia to buy the Chevy Volt, a new eco-friendly electric car. As an avid environmentalist, he had been dreaming of owning a Volt for years. But now that he has one, he's discovering life as a proud Volt owner is more complicated than he realized.

Arlington Police Still Won't Release Closed Cases

In this year's legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly considered a measure that would have opened up access in cases that are closed. That effort died when police and prosecutors spoke out against it.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Dangers Of Mixed Martial Arts

I don't know whether it more closely resembles the gladiators, who pummeled each other to amuse the ancient Roman emperors, or the cockfights, which were popular in the Middle Ages, or the dog fights, which sent Michael Vick to jail. But frankly I'm appalled and ashamed and a little revolted when I hear that mixed martial arts is one of the fastest-growing sports in America.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2 Protesters Arrested At IMF/World Bank Event

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two protesters have been arrested during weekend demonstrations of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Gas Prices Reach $4 A Gallon

AAA's daily fuel gauge, which tracks the average price of fuel across the country, indicates the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the District rose to $4.03 Saturday.

Loudoun Officials Against Dulles Metro Station's Underground Plan

Virginia officials are up in arms over a plan to put the new Dulles Metro station underground.

New Smoking Ban Passed In Rehoboth Beach

A new smoking ban has been passed by commissioners in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

O'Malley To Establish Research Group To Study Septic Tank Pollution

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is putting together a group to study pollution from septic systems.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Severe Weather And Flash Flood Watch for D.C. Area Saturday Afternoon

Update: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Washington, D.C. area until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Carpools Key to Easing Mark Center Traffic Nightmare

Time is running out for Virginia's Department of Transportation and the Department of Defense to make road and transit improvements around the new Mark Center complex.

D.C. Residents Protest On Capitol Hill

This week, 44 District residents were arrested on Capitol Hill during two separate protests against Congressional budget decisions that affect local matters. Organizers are promising more of the same in the near future.

AU To Install D.C.'s Largest Solar Panel System

American University says it is installing Washington's largest solar power system.

D.C. Mayor Proposes Medical Marijuana Rules

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has officially proposed rules governing the cultivation and dispensation of medical marijuana.