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COLGAN AIR SETTLES WITH FAMILIES OF CRASH VICTIMS
Families of at least five passengers killed when a plane crashed into a home last year have reached settlements with the airlines involved, and more agreements are expected before a wrongful-death trial begins.
So far, 39 lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court since the Newark, N.J.-to-Buffalo flight plunged into a house in suburban Clarence on an icy February night, killing all 49 people aboard the plane and the home's owner. Terms of the settled cases haven't been disclosed. (Inside NoVA)
CHINA, IRAN HACKED DC ONLINE VOTE SYSTEM
It sounds like a good idea: Allowing residents who are out of the country to vote in the November elections by casting ballots online.
But when a pilot program developed by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics was put to a security test, it failed miserably.
After developing the program called "Digital Vote By Mail," the city invited technology whizzes to try to find out if it was vulnerable to fraud. (WTOP)
NATION'S FOOTBALL CLASSIC COMING TO RFK IN 2011
September football is returning to RFK Stadium next year -- and with it could come millions of dollars of spending in the region and much-needed revenue for the District.
The Washington Convention and Sports Authority board on Thursday approved a marketing contract to bring a match-up between two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to D.C.'s RFK Stadium next Labor Day weekend.
Dubbed the Nation's Football Classic, the event is expected to generate up to $6 million in spending during its first weekend according to the WCSA, and could increase to $30 million in future years. (Washington Examiner)
RETSTONIANS: DON'T THWART FUTURE BRIDGES
The Reston Citizens Association has written a letter to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the group that occasionally oversees Dulles and Reagan National when it's not busy planning a Particleboard Beltway through Loudoun County or hiking tolls on the Toll Road, asking the authority to keep the door open for additional bridges spanning North and South Reston.
When the Dulles Access Road split Reston in two, the community suffered a body blow. The addition of the Toll Road further separated the north and the south halves of our community. With the advent of metrorail comes the possibility of increasing the number of bridges connecting north and south Reston. This is because current transportation infrastructure cannot support the increased population and number of jobs in future transportation-oriented development close to Reston’s three stations and along the Dulles corridor. Obvious ways to alleviate traffic congestion are to supply additional bridges and/or tunnels, particularly near the Reston stations. (Restonian)