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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Walter Reed To Offer New Art Therapy Program To Vets

The Walter Reed Military Medical Center will begin offering a creative writing program as treatment for returning veterans.

Farmer Strives To Stay On School Land

After a long fight, a Montgomery County county farmer wins the right to at least one more growing season on land he leases from the county.

Site Raises $100,000 For Slain Virginia Tech Officer's Family

Two Virginia Tech students, one of them from Lorton, Va., have raised more than $100,000 for the family of Derieck Crouse, the Tech police officer that was shot and killed in the line of duty last week. 

Winter Is Coming: D.C. Upgrades Snow-Fighting Fleet

It's been a mild winter  in D.C. so far, but Mayor Gray wanted to show that the District was ready, showing off its new fleet of plows on Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Virginia Board Rejects Anti-Discrimination Language For Adoptions

Language that would have prevented adoption agencies from discriminating against couples based on sexual orientation, disability, national origin and political beliefs was rejected Wednesday.

Maryland Senator Moves To Criminalize Voter Suppression

In response to the recent conviction of former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlick's campaign manager, Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is responding with legislation to criminalize voter suppression in all its forms.

D.C. EMS, Armed Forces Practice Terror Response

The goal of the exercise is to improve the cooperation and communication between local emergency responders and the specialized military unit.

Baby Jesus Stolen From Fredericksburg Nativity Scene

Police in Fredericksburg, Va. have reported the theft of Baby Jesus from a nativity scene at the Central Park shopping center, and they are turning to the web to try and track it down.

O'Donnell Challenging Hoyer For Maryland's 5th District

In a video released Wednesday, Anthony O'Donnell -- the Republican leader in the U.S. House of Delegates -- announced his intention to unseat U.S. House minority whip Steny Hoyer in Maryland's 5th district.

West Virginia's Coal Plants Rank 7th-Worst For Mercury

West Virginia's coal-fired power plants rank 7th-worst in the country for mercury emissions, according to a new report.

Maryland Mail Sorting Centers Get Reprieve

Two mail sorting centers in Maryland which were slated for closure are getting a second look, thanks to the attention of handful of senators.

Increase Gubernatorial Term Limits, Virginia Dems Say

Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are calling for a state amendment to extend the term limit for the governor's office beyond one term, saying it would force those in office to make better long-term decisions.

Hearing For White House Shooter Scheduled For Friday

The suspect that allegedly shot at the White House on Veterans' Day last month is is due back in court Friday for a hearing on his mental competence.

Mikulski Pushes For Stronger Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) is working with a Senate subcommittee on children and families to strengthen requirements for the reporting of child sexual abuse.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Local Swedes Mark Santa Lucia Day

With the help of the Swedish embassy, local swedes get a little taste of their home holiday traditions with the celebration of Santa Lucia Day.

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