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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Prison Time Sought For Maryland Mercury Polluter

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Maryland's attorney general is going after a man accused of mishandling dangerous amounts of mercury, charging him with 10 felony counts.

Franconia Parents On Lookout For Suspicious Man

A suspicious man who has allegedly approached a young student in the Franconia area has prompted parents and school officials to emphasize "stranger danger."

Local Lawmakers React To SOPA Blackout Protest

Several big websites are blacked out Wednesday in protest of the controversial and far-reaching Stop Online Piracy Act, prompting some local lawmakers to reconsider their support for the bill.

O'Malley's Budget Means Smaller Refunds For Some

The new budget proposal outlined by Maryland's governor would shift some of the burden of teacher pensions to counties, while also cutting refunds to as many as 20 percent of state residents.

GovExec: Obama's Proposed Reorganization Of Federal Agencies

President Obama is asking Congress for the authority to reorganize six federal agencies -- if granted the approval, as many as 2,000 federal jobs could be eliminated.

Cuccinelli Reaches Settlement With Fraudulent Fundraiser

A settlement has been reached with a company that solicited funds for a fraudulent group making campaign donations to the candidacy of Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.

Veteran Job Fair Expo Underway In D.C.

There are as many as 6,000 public and private sector jobs on offer today for veterans and active-duty service members at the Veterans Career Fair Expo at the D.C. Convention Center.

Fairfax Starts Domestic Violence Support Group For Children

Children who have been the victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County have a new avenue, thanks to a support group that will start up next month.

Police Investigating White House Smoke Bomb Incident

The Secret Service are still looking for a person that allegedly threw a smoke bomb over the fence of the White House during a protest Tuesday.

Mixed Bag For 'Occupy' Protesters Seeking Meetings With Reps.

Occupy protesters that headed to Capitol Hill yesterday had mixed success when it came to meeting their members of Congress.

Occupy DC Will Be Vetted At Congressional Hearing

A U.S. House subcommittee is holding a hearing next week on what to do about the Occupy DC encampment in D.C.'s McPherson Square.

O'Malley Wants Maryland's Counties To Help With Teacher Pensions

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing to shift some of the state's cost burden of teacher pensions to the county governments.

D.C. Job Training Funds Went To Firms In Legal Trouble

Some of D.C.'s job training dollars have been going to some questionable outside contractors, a look at city records shows. In other cases, it's difficult to find where the money went at all. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More Fallout From Harry Thomas Jr. Embezzlement Case

James Garvin, another associate of former D.C. council member Harry Thomas Jr., has pleaded guilty for his role in the embezzlement.

The Hill: New Tone In 2012, Occupy Congress, State Of The Union

Coming back from the winter recess, the House and Senate appear to have struck contradictory tones on partisanship, while the Occupy Congress protesters take a different tack in the capitol.