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Thursday, July 30, 2015

With A 'Strike Force' And $100 Million, Bowser Moves On Affordable Housing

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took two cracks at the city's affordable housing crisis this week, appointing a "strike force" to focus on protecting affordable housing an putting out $100 million to build new housing.

State Police Wrap Up Investigation Into Bloody Arrest Of U.Va. Student

The review of what happened to Martese Johnson in mid-March is being sent to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Officials have not released details of the report.

Midday Mugging Prompts Placement of Mile Markers Along D.C. Bike Trail

The July 13 midday robbery of a woman and other recent incidents exposed a hole in the District’s response system. The signs are intended to help rectify it.

U.Va. Graduates Sue Rolling Stone Over Retracted Rape Story

A lawyer for the men said they suffered "vicious and hurtful attacks" because of the inaccuracies in the November 2014 article.

Is Washington Sinking To A New Low? In Geological Terms, Yes.

Our area will continue to sink as the earth naturally reverses the large-scale effects of ice sheet action to the north thousands of years ago.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Discovery By U.Va. Researchers Could Lead To New Way Of Detecting Cancers

Researchers at the University of Virginia say they've made a discovery that could eventually lead to a new way to detect cancers. The breakthrough announced Wednesday has to do with DNA.

Montgomery County Approves Tax Credits For Low-Income Renters

Some 500 low-income renters in Montgomery County will soon get tax credits averaging $124 per year.

D.C. Lines Up Big Subsidies To Expand Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Fleet

Companies effectively would be "buying a $40,000 vehicle for $12,500," says the head of D.C.'s taxi commission. The goal is to add another 20 or 30 wheelchair-accessible vehicles by the end of the year.

Sea Level Rise Could Mean Big Increase In Annapolis Flood Events, Scientist Says

Instead of say, 50 flood events a year, Annapolis could face hundreds per year, even if sea level increases stay on the lower side of projections, Brenda Ekwurzel says.

Error By D.C. Fire Lieutenant Partly To Blame In Toddler's Death, Report Says

Neglect by fire personnel and a technical glitch were responsible for the botched response to the March 13 incident in Northwest D.C., according to the report by the fire department.

On Loosening Some Alcohol Sales Rules, Montgomery County Makes It Official

The county Council is formally asking the Maryland General Assembly to allow bars and restaurants to "special order" beer and wine from private stores.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.

Another Dispute Threatens Already Delayed Opening Of Silver Spring Transit Center

Yet another dispute between Montgomery County officials and Metro leadership could delay the transfer and ensuing opening of the facility.

Gov. Hogan Loses Hair, Says He's Killing Cancer Cells

"Thanks to my treatments, I'm sporting a new aerodynamic look," the 59-year-old Maryland governor says in a Facebook post that shows his newly bald head.

Street-Level Mural Project In NoMa Strives To Elevate The Neighborhood

When construction starts on the Storey Park complex in Northeast D.C., it will wipe out a one-acre burst of color. The artists who made it are hoping that once the art is gone the energy and feeling will linger.

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