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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Poll: Voters Split Over Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Virginia voters appear to be sharply divided over a new law requiring women to receive ultrasounds before getting abortions in the commonwealth.

D.C. Council Wants A Closer Look At New Disabled Parking Program

The District's new 'red-top meter' parking program for disabled drivers has been delayed by a D.C. Council vote. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Residents March In Support Of Hate Crime Victims

Area residents took to marching Tuesday evening in support of several members of the LGBT community who have been victims of violence over the last several weeks.

Local Lawmakers Find Fault With House GOP Budget

The new budget proposed by Republicans in the House has roiled local lawmakers, who are objecting to deeper cuts than originally discussed, some requiring federal workers to pay substantially more for their pensions.

Analysis: Wyden Breaks Democratic Ranks On Medicare Reform

At a time when bipartisanship in Congress is a rare sight, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden's work alongside Congressman Paul Ryan stands out, and has ruffled some feathers within the Democratic party.

Are Fracking Fees The Future In Maryland?

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill that would levy a fee on land used to extract natural gas with the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique in order to fund studies on its potential environmental impacts.

National Cathedral Tower Opens For First Time After 'Quake

For the first time since an earthquake struck the D.C. area last August, the central tower of the Washington National Cathedral

Police Quota Controversy Highlights Lack Of Transparency In Arlington

A memo written by Alexandria's Chief of Police threatens "disciplinary actions" for officers who don't meet "performance measures." Even so, they insist they don't utilize a quota system.

AARP Launches Campaign Spotlighting Medicare, Social Security

The AARP has launched a campaign targeting Virginia's more than 1.3 million senior citizens, in an attempt to start a dialogue about the funding challenges that lie ahead for the Social Security and Medicare programs.

PHOTOS: Rescued Puppies Arrive In Washington

Dozens of puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Kentucky will be the newest residents of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Metro Unveils New Map With New Station Names, Service Updates

Metro is rolling out its new Metro rail map, complete with new, shortened names for certain stations. The map also reflects some upgraded rush hour service on the Blue line. 

Montgomery Council Wants Say In Plan To Lease County Property

Some members of the Montgomery County Council are hoping to gain more oversight over County Executive Isiah Leggett's plan to develop school property in Potomac into athletic fields.

Fairfax County Considers Meals Tax

Fairfax County is considering a 4 percent tax on restaurant meals, although some lawmakers would like to see the matter come to a referendum. 

Flags At Half Staff For Slain Maryland National Guardsman

A large funeral procession for an Army National Guardsman slain in Afghanistan traveled from Baltimore to Arlington National Cemetery this morning. Maj. Robert J. Marchanti, who was killed by the Taliban last month, was laid to rest today.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alexandria Seeking The City's Best Landscaping

Spring has sprung, as Alexandria is seeking nominations from residents for the properties that best excel in the area of property beautification and landscaping excellence.