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Md. landfills emit much more greenhouse gases than state estimated, environmentalists find

A simple arithmetic error, among other lapses, led Maryland to underestimate the amount of methane leaking from its landfills, an environmental group found. The analysis, conducted by the Environmental Integrity Project, found that 51,500 tons of the greenhouse gas had escaped into the atmosphere, four times the 12,500 tons estimated by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
  • Jun 9, 2021

A renewed push: Technology on all new vehicles to prevent drunken driving

A new administration, a new Congress and advances in technology have created momentum for federal auto safety standards that would reduce alcohol-related crashes, consumer advocates say.
  • Jun 2, 2021
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Chesapeake Bay crab harvest could be poor this year, survey suggests

Pickings could be slim for Chesapeake Bay blue crabs this year, according to an annual estimate whose sampling had detected a 54 percent drop in the number of juvenile crabs.
  • May 24, 2021
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American Horticultural Society to pursue talks with NOVA Parks on sale of River Farm

The American Horticultural Society has decided to move forward on negotiations with NOVA Parks on a possible sale of George Washington’s historic River Farm. The nonprofit gardening organization, in a statement Saturday, said its board also intends to explore "possible partnership opportunities" with the coalition of preservationists.
  • May 15, 2021

62-year-old woman walks half a mile to get gas after car runs out of fuel

Denise Muse, 62, had to walk more than half a mile on May 12 to find an open gas station after her car ran out of fuel during a gas shortage in Alexandria, Va.
  • May 13, 2021
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Run on gas leaves some drivers with empty tanks

Similar scenes of chaos and desperation popped up Wednesday at filling stations across Northern Virginia and other places as drivers searched for fuel. Panic-buying created a self-perpetuating gas crisis even as service returned to the hacked Colonial Pipeline.
  • May 13, 2021
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Virginia attorney general says state aims to protect historic River Farm as donor wished

Attorney General Mark Herring says his office was also prepared to take legal action to ensure that the historic George Washington property remains undeveloped and open to the public. But he also said he hoped the American Horticultural Society, which put the property on the market, would find a solution that would satisfy its financial needs and the public’s desire to protect the site.
  • May 12, 2021
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Arlington’s new logo choices get a tepid response

Arlington County, having decided to ditch its old logo because of its associations with Gen. Robert E. Lee and slavery, showed off some possible replacements this week and people in the Washington, D.C. suburb were not thrilled
  • May 4, 2021

Peter C. Clapman, reformer who helped change the way corporations do business, died of complications of covid-19

The 84-year-old pushed for ethical changes in corporate governance.
  • Apr 29, 2021
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American Horticultural Society board rift could complicate proposed sale of historic River Farm

An apparent split in the American Horticultural Society’s leadership could complicate the organization’s plans to sell George Washington’s historic River Farm as five board members speak out.
  • Apr 24, 2021