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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Amendment To Virginia Ultrasound Bill Passed

After a national outcry over a Virginia bill that would have requirde that women to have invasive ultrasounds prior to an abortion, legislators in Virginia's House struck the controversial provision.

Huguely Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

After nine hours of deliberation, a jury found former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder for the violent slaying of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love in 2010. The jury also recommended a sentence of 26 years.

National Cathedral Repairs Now Estimated At $20 Million

Officials with the National Cathedral now say that repair costs are expected to exceed initial projections -- totalling in the area of $20 million.

Radioactive Isotope Found In North Anna Groundwater

Officials with Dominion Power say they have found evidence of double the amount of a radioactive isotope allowed by federal regulations in the groundwater at the North Anna nuclear powerplant.

Baltimore County Enacts Transgender Protection Measure

After a transgender woman was beaten in a McDonalds last year for trying to use the women's bathroom, Baltimore County has passed a law expressly prohibiting transgender discrimination.

Brazen Alexandria Con Man Pleads Guilty

An Alexandria man who stands accused of a perpetrating a number of fraudulent schemes that defrauded would-be employers, investors and family alike has pleaded guilty.

Alleged Capitol Bomb Plotter Waives Hearings

The 29-year-old Moroccan man who allegedly plotted to perform a suicide bombing on the U.S. Capitol before being arrested by the FBI has reportedly waived his rights to preliminary and detention hearings Wednesday.

Metro Surveys Customers On Budget, Fares

As part of a program to increase public input into Metro programs and policies, WMATA has posted another survey -- this one asking commuters their priorities on fare and budget issues.

Baltimore County Investigated For Hiring Discrimination

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is investigating accusations of discrimination in the hiring practices of police and fire departments in Baltimore County.

GovExec: The Shrinking Federal Workforce In D.C. And Nationwide

More than a quarter of workers in the D.C. area work for some branch of government. What would it mean if the federal workforce continues to shrink as it has recently?

Virginia Lawmakers Divided On Obama's 2013 Budget

Responses to President Obama's 2013 budget proposal in Virginia were predictably divided along party lines, but closer analysis shows that it presents a mixed bag for the commonwealth.

Smithsonian Breaks Ground On African American History Museum

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will help break ground on the African American history museum today.

Jury Deliberations Continue In Huguely Trial

The jury in the George Huguely trial began deliberating Wednesday, asking several clarifying questions of the judge. Huguely, a former UVA lacrosse player, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in May of 2010.

D.C. Youth Job Training Contract Plagued With Problems

Questions surround the D.C. youth job training program after the nonprofit hired to provide the training had its contract revoked by the Contract Appeals Board earlier this month.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Virginia Scholar Opens Magna Carta To Study

Despite serving as the foundation of the Anglo-Saxan political and legal tradition, the Magna Carta remains a mystery to many -- something one Virginia scholar hopes to change.