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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Virginia's Senate Candidates Build Up Campaign Fortunes

Candidates in Virginia's U.S. Senate race are amassing huge campaign coffers already in advance of the November election.

D.C. Looks To Tweak Same-Sex Divorce Laws

A D.C. Council committee has given its approval to a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples married in the District to divorce, even if they no longer live in the city.

New Scorecards Released For D.C. Schools

New scorecards released by D.C. Public Schools rank 119 schools in the city on achievement, teaching, safety, and other categories.

Reusable Grocery Bags Can Be Health Threat

The 5-cent bag tax is less than a month old in Montgomery County, and while residents embrace the reusable alternative, a report warns that those bags have issues of their own to keep in mind.

May 15 Is Likely Date For D.C. Special Election

The likely date for a special election to replace Harry Thomas Jr. as the Ward 5 councilmember in D.C. is May 15, pending a decision by the District's Board of Elections.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Hill: Jack Lew As Chief Of Staff, OMB Appointment, GOP Attacks On Romney

While GOP candidates in New Hampshire take Mitt Romney to task for his record, former OMB Director Jack Lew receives high praise in his new role as President Obama's Chief of Staff.

O'Malley Will Put More Money Aside For School Construction

Maryland's General Assembly is back in session on Wednesday, and Governor Martin O'Malley has made increased funding for school construction projects a priority.

GWU Professor's Laser Technology Recognized

A laser used to analyze biological samples, the work of a George Washington University professor, was recognized by The Scientist magazine as one of the top 10 innovations of 2011.

ACLU Sides With Perry, Gingrich On Va. Ballot Issue

The ACLU has filed a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the ballot requirements in Virginia that kept four major GOP candidates out of the running in thte commonwealth.

Ocean Downs Casino Shows No Profits in First Year

Despite doing nearly $45 million in business in 2010, the owner  of Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Md. says revenue is not high enough to sustain the business under the current tax structure.

Mary's Center Debuts Bilingual Health Kiosk

In an effort to address the higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity in D.C.'s Latino community, Mary's Center has installed a bilingual health kiosk.

Rats Still Infesting Occupy DC, Freedom Plaza Camps

Attempts to clear a rat population out of the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square have been unsuccessful thus far, and city health officials are concerned about the spread of disease. 

Metro Manager Proposes Fare Hike

Metro's general manager is proposing a 5 percent fare increase for Metrorail and a 10-cent increase for Metrobus riders in order to help cover a $116 million budget shortfall in 2013.

Texas Redistricting Ruling Could Have Wide Implications

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Texas's redistricting plan could have wide impacts, including for minorities in Virginia.

Maryland's Piscataway Tribes Receive State Recognition

Two Maryland groups of Native Americans have received official recognition from Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).