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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

D.C. Council Loosens Rules On Gay Divorce

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to make it easier for gay couples married in the District to divorce.

Tame Primary Campaigns In Virginia Could Benefit GOP

Virginia was largely spared the vitriol among GOP presidential candidates leading up to the Super Tuesday primary, and that could end up benfitting the eventual Republican candidate in November. 

After Death Threat, Loudoun County Sikh Man Speaks

A Sikh family living in Loudoun County is hoping police will find the people that sent them death threats this week. 

County Leaders Protest Virginia's Budget Impasse

Local leaders from across the Commonwealth of Virginia converged on Richmond Tuesday to call for state legislators to agree on a budget and free local governments from budget gridlock.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Commentary: Mental Health Of D.C. Youth Needs To Be Priority

Judith Sandalow says that as the D.C. Council evaluates the performance of the city's Department of Mental Healthit's, it's time to focus on giving at-risk children the mental health services they need.

Romney Wins Virginia GOP Primary Amidst Low Turnout

As expected, Mitt Romney has been declared the winner of the GOP Presidential primary in Virginia, taking 59 percent of the votes in a contest that failed to generate much interest in the commonwealth.

Speeding Prince George's Council Member Gets Retroactive Ticket

Following more than a week of bad press after Prince George's councilwoman Karen Toles received only a warning for driving more than 50 mph over the posted speed limit, a review panel has opted to cite her for reckless driving.

D.C. Council Approves Gun Law Changes

The laws in D.C. regarding gun ownership are still in flux after the Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban, as the D.C. Council have preliminary approval to roll back some rules.

The Hill: With Israeli PM In Town, Lawmakers Take Differing Tacks On Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his visit to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to take a stance on the middle east and a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran.

D.C. Employees To Plead Guilty For Environmental Violations

Two District employees will plead guilty to charges that they took bribes to overlook environmental regulations at a construction site in southwest D.C.

Turnout Low So Far For Virginia GOP Primary

With limited choices on the ballot, turnout for the Republican presidential primary has been low in the early hours this Super Tuesday.

Activists March For Fracking Tax In Maryland

Opponents of the controversial fracking techniqueare marching in support of a bill introduced in Maryland that would impose a tax on land leased for extracting natural gas.

Metro Releases Top 10 Stations With Most Crime In 2011

Metro has compiled the list of the most dangerous stations in the system, with Deanwood and Anacostia stations having the most dangerous crimes in 2011. Overall, crime is down 16 percent throughout the Metro system.

GWU Library Evacuated After Report Of Gunman

A gunman spotted near George Washington University late Monday night caused the school's main library to be evacuated. The gunman was not apprehended.

In GOP Primary, Va. Voters See Limited Influence

Virginia voters will vote in the presidential primary today, but some are worried that their limited ballot choices will mean diminished influence for the primary's results.