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All Opinions Are Local: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Common sense on Va. abortion providers

By Jeanne Monahan Washington The Aug. 25 editorial “Safe and legal” disputed the common-sense idea that abortion facilities in Virginia should be held to the same standard as other outpatient surgical facilities or hospitals in the state. Any reasonable person...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 27, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia, health care  
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New members of the Local Blog Network

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new independent bloggers to The Post's Local Blog Network: Martin Austermuhle of DCist, Keith Berner of Left-Hand View, and Aaron Morrissey of DCist Their bios are below, along with those...

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Helping Pepco keep the lights on

By Thomas Altvater, Germantown It’s easy to blame Pepco for the recent power outages even when the direct cause is weather-related [“Holding Pepco accountable,” editorial, Aug. 24]. Since we can’t control the direct cause — storms — let’s address the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 26, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, Takoma, energy, environment  
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Health Care tops lobbyist spending in Richmond

With Obamacare being hammered out, it should come as no shock that lobbyists for managed health care were at the top of the list during this year's General Assembly session. That's the news from the latest batch of lobbyist...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 26, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, energy, environment, health care, public health, sports, stadium  
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ANC Preview: Ugh Edition

The September ANC meeting is always a slog. The commission takes August off, so a whole second month’s worth of projects backs up waiting for review. Thus next Monday’s meeting is not for the faint of heart. But the...

By Topher Mathews  | August 26, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Should Union Station's Great Hall be less great?

Union Station's Great Hall is one of the city's most fantastic public spaces. It is beautiful, engaging and lively. And somebody wants to tear a couple of giant holes in its floor. Earlier this week, Washington City Paper reported...

By Dan Malouff  | August 26, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Fairfax County, a magnet for private-sector jobs

By Gerald L. Gordon, Vienna Columnist Robert McCartney is right that that a regional economy should not be based on any one industry [“Federal dollars alone can no longer fuel region’s job growth,” Metro, Aug. 22]. Seattle nearly went bankrupt...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 25, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Virginia, development, economy  
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Is blocking negative SmarTrip balances necessary?

WMATA announced a surprising set of changes to SmarTrip: riders will no longer be able to "go negative" a few dollars, like they can today. Why is WMATA making this change? At a recent meeting, the Board asked for...

By David Alpert  | August 25, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, transportation  
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Virginia launches a stimulus Web site

After Gov. Tim Kaine left office, the Web site he set up to track Virginia's portion of the federal stimulus money was, for all practical purposes, abandoned. Six months later, and two months later than projected, Virginia Comptroller David...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | August 25, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy  
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A place where elephants can thrive

By Dennis Kelly Washington I’d like to clear up several misconceptions about the National Zoo’s elephant habitat raised by Peter Stroud’s Aug. 22 Local Opinions commentary. Mr. Stroud’s comments were based on a single afternoon visit nearly a year ago....

By elephants, National Zoo, Smithsonian  | August 25, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Will bikesharing get a boost from TIGER II?

When Capital Bikeshare launches later this year it will have about 1,100 bikes. That’s going to be great, but how much better does a 3,600-bike system sound? On Friday the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) submitted a grant request through...

By Dan Malouff  | August 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia  
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Where Pepco needs updating

By R.H. Doggett Bethesda Regarding the Aug. 21 Metro article “Md. officials skeptical as Pepco outlines plan on power outages”: I have been a Pepco customer for 38 years. For the past 32 years, I have lived a short distance...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 23, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, energy  
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Pepco's four little problems

By Bahram Nowzad Bethesda Recently we had our fifth power outage in as many weeks. It used to be said of the highly inefficient Soviet agricultural sector that it had four problems: fall, winter, spring and summer. Could one say...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 23, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland, energy  
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Cuccinelli starts the wheels turning -- again

Sometimes politics is like a Rube Goldberg machine. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli usually sets Virginia's ball in motion, triggering a predictable chain of events. The sequence goes like this: 1. Cuccinelli issues an opinion or files a lawsuit. 2....

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | August 23, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bill Bolling's alternate CEO universe

The Sunday Commentary section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, my hometown newspaper, is more amusing than the comic pages. It's a riot of conservative, out-of-touch views reflecting the parallel universe in which its editors and the newspapers' managers reside. This...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, economy, taxes  
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Georgetown fall preview

Georgetown Metropolitan got back from his week off last night, and while the summer still has a few weeks left in it, with the beach behind him and schools open today GM’s views inevitably turn towards the fall. Although...

By Topher Mathews  | August 23, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, Local blog network  
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