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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Law Limiting Gun Purchases In Virginia Passes Senate

A decades old legislation to repeal a law that limits handgun purchases in Virginia has advanced in both the House and the Senate.

Federal Worker Pay Freeze Passes House

The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday that would freeze federal workers' pay for the next year. 

Professors Aid Veterans From Service To Classroom

With the end of the war in Iraq, thousands of soldiers have returned home, and many of them are going to college. Two writing professors in Virginia have taken on a special project to help veterans transition from the service to the classroom.

Virginia House Passes Voter ID Bill

A law requiring Virginia voters to show photo ID at polling places has passed the Virginia House. 

Group Galvanizes Men To Stop Violence Against Women

A D.C.-based nonprofit is hoping to combat sexual violence against women on college campuses on a national scale.

Ca. Veteran Sues For Benefits For Her Same-Sex Spouse

A lesbian couple from California is suing the Department of Defense for veterans' benefits. Another couple from Alexandria did the same thing this past November.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mild Weather Causing Early Bloom In Some Perennials

The mild weather means more than just eating lunch outside -- some D.C. perennials may already experiencing early blooms thanks to the balmy temperatures.

O'Malley's State Address Focuses On Gas Tax

Governor Martin O'Malley delivered his State of the State address in Annapolis on Wednesday, formally calling on legislators to pass a gas tax to help fund transportation projects in Maryland.

FBI Investigating Vandalism To Fairfax Mosque

Vandals in Fairfax did more than $60,000 in damage to a Chantilly mosque, prompting the FBI to step in to help with the investigation.

National Journal: O'Malley, McDonnell Eyeing National Stage

The governors of both Maryland and Virginia are looking to make a splash on the national political stage in the coming years.

Dupont Circle South Closed For Eight Months

The notoriously unreliable escalators at the south entrance of Dupont Circle are being replaced in the first step of WMATA's push to increase reliability around Metro.

Virginia Tables Request To Reclassify Marijuana

A bill that would have formally called on the fed to reconsider marijuana's classification as a Schedule II drug has been tabled in Virginia's House.

Metrobus Crash In Silver Spring

A Metrobus accident in Silver Spring has resulted in at least two injuries and traffic backups on Colesville Road.

Gas Thieves Using Drills To Steal Gas From Car Tanks

A rash of gas thefts have officials warning drivers to be careful where they park their cars and to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

Internet Gambling Repeal Before D.C. Council Committee Today

D.C.'s Internet gaming law will face an up or down vote today when a bill to repeal the measure comes to a D.C. Council committee. If the repeal passes, the issue could come before the full council.