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CITY OFFICIALS VOLUNTEER PAY CUTS
With property values flatlining, the City Council last month approved a $75.1 million spending blueprint without raising taxes, a move that calmed residents who fought against a tax hike. While officials avoided making a decision that voters likely would remember in the next election, they were largely able to do so because city workers agreed to furloughs. The unpaid days off will save Annapolis millions. (The Capital)
WAL-MART TO DC?
Fresh off a deal with the City of Chicago that will allow Wal-Mart Stores to open more than a dozen locations there, the mega-retailer is closing in on an agreement to open its first store in D.C. Wal-Mart is negotiating to open a store on New York Avenue NE near the intersection of Bladensburg Road, on a parcel owned by a family in the taxicab business, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. (Washington Post)
DOGGIE BATHROOM AT DULLES
For busy travelers, nothing is more comforting than a well-placed bathroom. Officials at Dulles International Airport think the same sentiment also rings true for man’s best friend. Over the past year, the Loudoun-based airport has been expanding its canine-friendly amenities by constructing mini, faux backyards where owners can let their dogs relieve themselves. “It’s an enhancement to our costumer service,” said airport spokesman Robert Yingling. (Loudoun Independent)