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Friday, April 28, 2006


Board Backs Streetcar Line

The Arlington County Board has endorsed a plan to put a streetcar line on Columbia Pike that would connect the Pentagon City Metro station with the Skyline area of Fairfax County.

If completed, it would be the first major streetcar line in the region; District transportation officials are planning a smaller line in Anacostia.

Arlington hopes a streetcar line would attract development for the Columbia Pike corridor. Funding for the $120 million project has not been found.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is set to take up the matter Monday. If it approves, the two jurisdictions and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will begin the second phase of the project, which includes environmental studies and a design for the streetcar.

-- Annie Gowen


Panel Relents on Ammunition

A weapons control committee for Prince William County has recommended that the county allow hunters to load their guns with both buckshot and slugs. Its chairman has resigned over the vote.

The 6 to 0 vote came Wednesday night, a day after the Board of County Supervisors unanimously repealed its recent decision to ban buckshot, which some hunters believe is less humane to animals.

The supervisors were inundated with e-mails and phone calls after voting to prohibit buckshot and eliminate a current ban on slugs April 18. The e-mail campaign was led by the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association and other groups, which began pushing the county to allow both types of ammunition.

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