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Friday, May 18, 2012

Bethesda Metro Elevator To Be Shut Down For Repairs

The elevator that serves the mezzanine level at the Bethesda Metro station will be shut down for repairs in late May. The project is expected to take four months. 

Virginia Republican Wants To Tie Congress's Pay To Its Effectiveness

One Virginia Congressman is hoping to hold Congress accountable — financially — for its own inaction.

Former Army Corps Employee Pleads Guilty In Bribe Scheme

Another Army Corp of Engineers employees has pleaded guilty in a bribery and kickback scheme involving $30 million in federal funds.  

Great Day For A Ride: D.C. Comes Out For Bike To Work Day

It's Bike to Work Day in D.C., meaning thousands of area cyclists took to the roads and bike trails today.

Creating Art From Life's Momentoes

A D.C.-area artist is using her collection of day-to-day items from the past 30 years in a new art exhibit that will be part of Artomatic, opening tonight in Arlington. 

South African Dancer Flies High in D.C.

Andile Ndlovu grew up in a South Africa neighborhood once considered ground zero in the apartheid struggle. Now, he performs for audiences thousands of miles away as an acclaimed dancer with the Washington Ballet.

Outspoken Chinese Artist-Activist's Work Comes To D.C.

Artist Ai Weiwei has made headlines for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government. But some say his art is about much more than just politics.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rain Garden Rebates Available In Montgomery County

Runoff from urban stormwater is a major contributor to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Montgomery County is beseeching residents to do their part, by offering a hefty rebate for the construction of rain gardens.

Fairfax Gang Members Plead Guilty To Sex Trafficking

Two Fairfax County gang members pleaded guilty Thursday for their roles in a prostitution ring that utilized social media to recruit underage girls.

Friday Marks 'Bike To Work Day' In D.C.

With sunny skies on the forecast, thousands of residents of Virginia, Maryland the District are expected to take to the roads for the annual Bike to Work Day.

Barracks Row Stabbing A Hate Crime, Prosecutor Says

Prosecutors are alleging that a man charged in the fatal stabbing of a fellow Marine in D.C. was motivated by homophobic hatred.

'Drive For Charity' Today On Dulles Greenway

All proceeds generated today by tolls on the Dulles Greenway will go towards charitable causes, including the March of Dimes and a scholarship fund for local students.

D.C. Voting Rights Activists To Bombard Trent Franks' Office

D.C. Voting Rights advocates are hoping to convince one member of Congress to butt out of D.C.'s affairs by swarming his office with complaints next week. 

A One-Horse Race For Dirt Tracks At Preakness

When the Preakness Stakes is held in Baltimore this weekend, it will take place on a dirt track, just as it has for nearly 140 years. This, despite evidence that synthetic tracks may actually be safer for horses.

Man Found Shot Near Fairfax County Apartment Complex

Fairfax County police are investigating the homicide of a man found dead last night in the Mount Vernon area of the county.