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Monday, August 18, 2014

Ferguson-Inspired Petition Calls For Cameras On Cops

A petition calling for all law enforcement officers in the United States to wear cameras on the person in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has gained more than 100,000 signatures.

American University Gets Proactive To Address Underground Frat

The underground fraternity Epsilon Iota drew a firestorm at American University earlier this year when a slew of sexist and racist emails were leaked, prompting a number of changes before the start of this school year.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Judge Rejects McDonnells' Motion To Dismiss

A judge has denied former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's motion to dismiss the corruption charges against him.

Are Ocean City Businesses Exploiting Exchange Students For Cheap Labor?

Homeland Security officials shut down eight henna tattoo stands on the Ocean City boardwalk this week after an investigation revealed that the stands were being run by foreign students here on visas that do not allow them to hold jobs.

Woman On Moped Struck By Truck In Chevy Chase, Dies Of Injuries

A woman struck by a truck in Chevy Chase as she rode her moped has died from her injuries.

Attorney Asks D.C. To Pay $54k In Fees For Handgun Case

The attorney who filed the lawsuit that recently led a federal judge to toss out D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is asking that the city pay him for the time he spent working on the case.

Measuring Metro's Performance: A Tight Squeeze Through The Rosslyn Bottleneck

Metro says that it tries to get 26 trains through the Rosslyn tunnel every hour, but a number of problems have seen that service drop — much to the chagrin of many commuters.

D.C. Tattoo Artists Say New Regulations Could Drive Them Out Of Business

A year-long battle over regulations for tattoo artists and body piercers in D.C. sees no signs of abating, as practitioners argue that proposed rules are unenforceable and would drive them out of business.

Virginia Watermen Call For Changes In How Blue Crab Population Is Managed

A group of commercial watermen is calling on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to radically change the way it manages the state's Blue Crab population.

Hundreds Rally In D.C. In Wake Of Shooting Of Black Missouri Teenager

A vigil to honor victims of police brutality drew hundreds of people to D.C.’s Meridian Hill Park last night.

Former Rapper Finds Satisfaction in Everyday Life After Moment in the Spotlight

These days, Tonya Pointer leads a pretty normal life. But she once toured the world as the rapper "Nonchalant."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FBI Agent: Jonnie Williams Splurged On Lavish Getaway For McDonnells

Agent David Hulser says the weekend tab at Chatham Bars Inn included more than $9,000 for food and beverages, including 16 servings of Remy Louis cognac totaling $2,400.

Democrats Call For Reauthorization Of Little-Known Export Import Bank

The Export Import Bank helps support U.S. businesses who sell goods abroad, but some conservative lawmakers say it amounts to corporate welfare.

Man Arrested In Connection To Toddler Shooting

Police say 24-year-old Brian Ray Campbell helped Davon Wallace, who is believed to have fatally shot 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

In McDonnell Trial, Prosecution Rests—After A Fashion Show

The government's attorneys in the McDonnell trial trotted out dozens of pieces of high-end items that the McDonnells returned to businessman Jonnie Williams after state and federal investigators started probing their relationship.