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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ambulance Fees Draw Skepticism On Montgomery County Council

Voters in Montgomery County may have to face down another referendum on ambulance fees in the county, but first it has to get passed members of the county council, who have been critical of the idea.

D.C. School Board Approves Four New Charter Schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has given the green light to four new charter schools in the District that will serve a variety of niches.

O'Malley Pushes For Appeal On DNA Law Ruling

Governor Martin O'Malley is pushing for an appeal on a court decision that struck down a Maryland law allowing police to collect DNA samples from those convicted of violent crimes or burglary.

Vintage Base Ball Pays Homage To Area's Sporting Past

Vintage base ball players in Lewes, Del. bring back the historically-accurate version of America's pastime, with all its quirky rules, lumpy baseballs and old-time flair.

Doctors: Albrecht Muth Incompetent To Stand Trial

Doctors say that Albrecht Muth, a German man accused of killing his 91-year-old Washington socialite wife, is incompetent to stand trial for first-degree murder.

Analysis: Federal Workforce Invoked By Both Sides In Campaign

The federal workforce, whose ranks are particularly strong in the D.C. area, is likely to be a political football in the campaign leading up to the November election. National Journal's Chris Frates talks about what that could mean for local government employees.

Drop Off Cell Phones For Charity At Metro Stations Today

Commuters can drop off old cell phones at Metro stations this morning in order to provide aid for needy women and children.  

Fairfax Gang Prostitution Case Raising Awareness Statewide

The recent arrest of alleged gang members in a Fairfax County prostitution ring case is causing Virginia law enforcement officials to warn parents and teens of gang and prostitution activity throughout the state.

Senate Considering D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill

D.C. is getting another chance at budget autonomy as Sen. Joe Lieberman has introduced a bill that would allow D.C. to manage its own local financial affairs without Congressional intervention.

Firefighters Check For Detectors As Neighbors Reel From CO Deaths

After five people were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning yesterday, Prince George's County firefighters are going door-to-door to try to prevent another such tragedy.

GOP Ward 5 Candidate Target Of Harassment

Tim Day, the Republican candidate for Ward 5 in D.C., is asking Democrats in the city to repudiate the acts of vandalism and harassment that have plagued him since 2011.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Hope To Reshape Post Office Bill

Before Congress is a bill that could radically change the services offered by the United States Postal Service, and Maryland lawmakers are working to spare an Easton delivery center from the budget axe.

Analysis: Following Scandals, Congress Targets Federal Travel Budgets

With the scandals surrounding the lavish Las Vegas conference held by the GSA and Secret Service agents cavorting in Colombia, The Hill's Alex Bolton says Congress may find traction targetting federal travel budgets.

Fairfax Says Goodbye To Longtime County Executive

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors named today "Tony Griffin Day" in honor of the outgoing chief executive for the county, who has served for more than 12 years.

Mayor Gray Releases Green Plan For D.C.

The District of Columbia has an an ambitious long-term agenda to make the city "the greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the nation."