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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One Dead In Arlington Parking Garage Fire

A fire that broke out in a parking garage beneath an Arlington hotel this morning has led to the death of one woman, according to Arlington County Police.

At Arlington Cemetery, A Criminal Inquiry Into Mishandling Of Remains

The Arlington National Cemetery continues to fall under scrutiny for a series of issues, including the possible mishandling of remains. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal inquiry into the matter, the Washington Post reports.

Some Protesters Arrested With Mayor Gray Go To Trial In September

A number of protesters that were arrested with Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials after Congress passed a budget deal detrimental to the District in April will take their case to trial in September, the Associated Press reports.

Locations Of Internet Gambling Hot Spots Concern D.C. Council Members

UPDATE: Members of the D.C. Council are expressing reservations about the city's plan to offer online gambling. Council members are concerned the public will have no input on where the "hot spots" for online gambling will be located.

Sweeping Changes Made To Montgomery Co. Disability Benefits

Montgomery County is changing its system for disability retirement benefits for county employees, although the change is expected to face challenges because it was implemented through council vote rather than a collective bargaining agreement.

Marines Dismiss Yonathan Melaku

The U.S. Marine Corps says it has dismissed 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku, the reservist charged in a series of pre-dawn shootings at the Pentagon and other military buildings in 2010.

MetroAccess TB Lawsuit Has Some Wondering: 'When Are Drivers Tested?'

A class action lawsuit filed June 28 that claims a MetroAccess bus driver may have exposed riders to Tuberculosis is raising questions about health screening provided by Metro and the driver's employer, MV Transportation.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lawsuit Blames MetroAccess For Exposing Riders To TB

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the District against Metro and a contractor for the transit service. That group of riders says a MetroAccess bus driver may have exposed them to tuberculosis.

Wallops Island Will Still See NASA Action After Shuttle Program Ends

Millions of Americans will watch, next month, as the space shuttle blasts off for the last time. But the nation's space program will continue, and much of the action will be on Virginia's Wallops Island.

Disability Benefits In MoCo Changed By Council

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., have approved sweeping changes to disability retirement packages for county workers. The council passed the changes without going through collective bargaining, which has angered many.

Gallaudet Finds Deaf People Don't See Better, They See Differently

A new discovery at D.C.'s Gallaudet University challenges a widespread notion about people who don't hear.

New Red Light Cameras Unveiled In Fairfax

Fairfax, Va., is launching its Respect Red campaign, with red light cameras at two city intersections: North Street at University Drive and Fairfax Boulevard at Fairfax Circle.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

D.C. artists explore the lives of D.C. artists, American Temple brings purity tests and spiritual monkeys to Flashpoint and wordsmiths are invited to Bohemian Caverns.

Ted Loza Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison

Ted Loza, former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday for participating in a corruption scheme related to the D.C. taxicab industry.

Homebuilders Group Sues EPA Over Bay Restoration

A homebuilders group is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

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