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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Virginia Agencies To Check For Undocumented Workers

A Virginia government review board says state agencies and their contractors are not doing enough to make sure that the workers they hire are legal, and they're advocating for wider use of the electronic E-Verify system.

Fairfax County Fights Bill That Could Allow Taller Cell Towers

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are worried that a bill under consideration in Congress would undermine their local zoning authority.

D.C. Council Targets Pepco's Reliability

With weather-related power outages this year dragging on sometimes for days, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to make the energy companies, including Pepco, more accountable.

Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to call a special legislative session the week of October 17, according to the Associated Press. But some of the policy issues the General Assembly will consider this fall are still to be determined.

P.G. County Council Cuts Off Leslie Johnson

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson says she'll resign her position at the end of this month, but that isn't enough for her fellow council members. The council is calling on Johnson to step down immediately.

‘Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Steely art, almost normal theater and another slice of Greek cinema.

Washington Blade Archiving Decades Of Gay Rights History In Photos

The Washington Blade has been documenting the gay community in the D.C. area for 42 years. It's one of the nation's oldest gay newspapers, and now it's trying to preserve thousands of historic photographs.

Alexandra Russell: Learning Humility, Compassion In Karate Class

Alexandra Russell is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. that took a martial arts class to spend time with her son, and ended up learning something about herself.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Police Open Cold Case after DNA Links Rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County during the same time period.

Kastles Stadium Opens With Venus Williams

The new Kastles Stadium built on the bank of the Potomac River, at the Southwest Waterfront, will host seven games this summer starting tonight with Venus Williams as the headliner.

'Nighttime Mayor' Of Ocean City Lives His Dream Life

If you look at the sun visor covering Mike Beatty's shaggy hair, the Hawaiian shirt on his back, or the tattered Vans on his feet, "mayor" might not be the first word that comes to mind.

Leslie Johnson Resigns, Council Removes Her Staff, Resources

Leslie Johnson has resigned from the Prince George's County Council, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe.

Dalai Lama Arrives In D.C. Today

The Verizon Center in downtown D.C. is gearing up for the huge influx of people expected there for the Dalai Lama's appearance this week.

Maryland Senators Would Compromise On Write-offs In Debt Ceiling Talks

In the hopes of raising the nation's debt ceiling, Maryland senators say they're willing to consider getting rid of tax write-offs which help the state's economy.

On Fourth Of July, D.C. Mayor Calls for City's 'Independence'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray used the festivities at yesterday's Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C. to call attention to the District's fight for "full independence."

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