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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hundreds Of Students Rally At UVA In Response To Rape Allegations At Fraternity

About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia on Thursday afternoon, responding to reports of sexual violence on campus.

Drug Evidence Logs Are Focus Of Probe Into Allegations Against FBI Agent

Prosecutors in court today said they spent 12 hours looking at "chain of custody" logs from the FBI's Washington Field Office as they investigate whether FBI agent Matthew Lowry tampered with evidence.

University of Virginia Addresses Magazine Article On Rape Allegations

Already under investigation by the federal government following complaints of sexual assault on campus, the Charlottesville school is facing a new public relations nightmare.

Holiday Cheer Means Extra Attention From Montogomery County Police

Roads known for alcohol-related crashes — and hot spots for underage drinking — will be under watchful eyes.

Attorney Says D.C. Not Complying With Court's Handgun Carry Ruling

Does D.C.'s new concealed carry law comply with the July court ruling that helped create it? That was the question posed to a federal judge on Thursday.

Comstock Gets Bad Draw On First Day As Congressional Freshman

It was training day for Congressional freshmen on Wednesday, and newly-minted Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was greeted with some bad luck.

2,000 Miles Of Bicycle, Pedestrian Projects Recommended By Regional Planners

As regional planners turn their sights on the next several decades, bike lanes and pedestrian pathways feature prominently — especially protected lanes, which add a feeling of safety from vehicle traffic.

Law Enforcement Braces For Surge Of Holiday Bank Robberies

Believe it or not, bank robberies in the D.C. region tend to spike as the holidays approach. The FBI and local police are preparing.

Catherine Hoggle Ruled Incompetent To Stand Trial

The Clarksburg, Maryland, woman who is believed to be responsible for the disappearance of her two children has been ruled incompetent to stand trial due to paranoid schizophrenia.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With Streetcar Dead, Arlington Ponders: What's Next?

The demise of the Arlington streetcar has sparked debate over what comes next, and the responses range from an extension of Metro to better bus service.

Pro-Gun Attorney Asks Judge To Find D.C. In Contempt Over Handgun Carry Law

Legal wrangling over concealed carry rights in D.C. continues, as a pro-gun attorney has asked a federal judge to find the city in contempt over its restrictive law allowing residents to apply for permits to carry their handguns in public.

Plows, Salt Are Ready In Maryland, But Officials Hope The Weather Cooperates

New "monster plows" carry more fuel and salt, but the state transportation authority would prefer to use less this year.

Colbert To Host 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today that comedian Stephen Colbert will host the 37th annual event.

Gray Vetoes Bill Allowing Humane Society Officers To Use Sirens

Mayor Vincent Gray wielded his veto pen this week, rejecting a bill passed by the D.C. Council that would allow Humane Society officers to use sirens when responding to animal emergencies.

D.C. Statehood Bill Quietly Dies, But Advocates Keep Up Fight

The first D.C. statehood bill to be considered by Congress in two decades isn't go anywhere, according to the senator who introduced it.

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