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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Virginia Scholar Opens Magna Carta To Study

Despite serving as the foundation of the Anglo-Saxan political and legal tradition, the Magna Carta remains a mystery to many -- something one Virginia scholar hopes to change.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Baltimore County Investigated For Hiring Discrimination

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is investigating accusations of discrimination in the hiring practices of police and fire departments in Baltimore County.

GovExec: The Shrinking Federal Workforce In D.C. And Nationwide

More than a quarter of workers in the D.C. area work for some branch of government. What would it mean if the federal workforce continues to shrink as it has recently?

Virginia Lawmakers Divided On Obama's 2013 Budget

Responses to President Obama's 2013 budget proposal in Virginia were predictably divided along party lines, but closer analysis shows that it presents a mixed bag for the commonwealth.

Smithsonian Breaks Ground On African American History Museum

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will help break ground on the African American history museum today.

Jury Deliberations Continue In Huguely Trial

The jury in the George Huguely trial began deliberating Wednesday, asking several clarifying questions of the judge. Huguely, a former UVA lacrosse player, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in May of 2010.

D.C. Youth Job Training Contract Plagued With Problems

Questions surround the D.C. youth job training program after the nonprofit hired to provide the training had its contract revoked by the Contract Appeals Board earlier this month.

Virginia Legislature Approves 'Conscience Clause' On Gay Adoption

Virginia's state senate has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage One Step Closer to Passage

Maryland's state senate is one step closer to approving a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, while opponents of the bill hope to put the issue up for referendum on November's ballot.

The Hill: Race Underway For Senate Republican Whip

As Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper discusses, the race for the position of Senate Republican whip could have big implications all the way through the 2016 presidential elections.

Northern Virginia Property Values Show Second Year Of Growth

While real estate in much of the country continues to remain stagnant, property values in Northern Virginia are back in the black for the second year running.

Survey: Name The Silver Line Metro Stations

Think WMATA comes up short when it comes to naming Metro stations? They're asking for input from residents for the names of the new Metro stations along the Silver Line.

Gas Prices Up 10 Percent Over Last Year

According to Triple-A Atlantic, gas prices in the D.C. region are up as much as tenth over the last year, and only promise to get higher as the weather gets warmer.

Virginia Democrats Push For Budget Concessions

Democrats in Virginia's state senate say they are unlikely to pass a budget unless Republicans agree to concessions, which could leave the commonwealth without a budget.

Guardian Angels Raising Awareness Of Recent Street Crimes

D.C.'s Guardian Angels are out in force to raise awareness about a recent string of street crimes in D.C.