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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

D.C. Attorney General To Sue Online Travel Companies

The District is suing four of the largest online travel companies, claiming the vendors aren't paying their fair share of hotel occupancy taxes.

No Vote Yet On Pepco Reliability Bill In Maryland

In Maryland, a vote has yet to be scheduled on a bill that would implement reliability standards on utilities statewide.

Latest D.C. News

An overheated kiln in a ceramics studio at the Corcoran Gallery has not damaged any artwork and the museum will reopen tomorrow.

Resale Therapy: Auction House Thrives In Bad Economy

A slow economy usually translates to slow business for most companies. But some business models are designed to not only benefit from families in need of quick cash but also provide a cheaper alternative for those willing to spend what little they have.

Jim Webb Plays Future Card Close To Vest

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) says he's not leaving the political arena when he retires after one term in the U.S. Senate next year.

Commentary By Mike Tidwell: Pass The Wind Power Bill

Rising oil prices and new concerns about nuclear power are prompting a lot of people to reevaluate our sources of energy. Commentator Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, is urging lawmakers in Maryland to consider the potential of offshore wind farms.

Latest Maryland News

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting death Monday in Olney is linked to a previous killing.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

From pioneering artists to pioneering acts, originality is playing in and around the District.

Latest Virginia News

Man suspected of being the East Coast Rapist has pleaded not guilty.

Project Makes D.C. Residents Competitive In Challenging Job Market

D.C.'s unemployment rate remains high, hovering near 10 percent, while it's more than 15 percent in Ward 7 and more than 23 percent in Ward 8. Competing with a highly educated, well-connected work force can be a great challenge for many D.C. residents. In the second part of a two-part series, we look at one program that exists without any sources of funding working to overcome some of those obstacles.

Spring Runoff Brings Problems To The Chesapeake Bay

Heavy rains and melting snow are setting the stage for problems in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Dogs Rescued From Hoarding House In Anne Arundel County

People are rushing to adopt 51 dogs rescued from a home in Anne Arundel County. Less than 24 hours after the county executive urged the public to help, an Animal Control official says they have more people wanting to adopt than they have dogs in the facility.

Maryland Proposes Alcohol Sales Tax

Maryland senators are debating whether to add a sales tax for beer, wine and liquor, similar to the one D.C. levies.

Kicking Bottled Water At World Water Day

As part of World Water Day, small business owners and environmentalists are calling on Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to cut state spending on bottled water.

Power Breakfast: Schools Against Tuition Hikes

This morning if you happen to find yourself on Independence Avenue heading west -- in the vicinity of the Department of Education -- you might run into a bit of a crowd.

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