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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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.

GWU Students Compete To Collect Cell Phones

George Washington University students have been mobilized to collect 20,000 used cell phones, which the school plans to recycle to pay for charity projects in Africa.

Virginia Presidential Ballot Challenge Tossed

A suit by Rick Perry and three other GOP candidates who did not make the Virginia presidential primary ballot has been thrown out by an appeals court, who say the candidates waited too long to make a challenge.

Alleged White House Shooter Facing Additional Charges

The man accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House in November was formally charged Tuesday, and now faces 17 counts, including attempting to assassinate President Obama.

Cigarette Tax Increase Proposed To Lower Va. Car Tax


A Virginia delegate has proposed a four-fold increase in the cigarette tax to fund anti-smoking programs as well as to significantly lower the local car tax.

Metro Delays Expected Through Friday

It may only be a four-day work week for some, but it could be a long one for frequent Metro riders, as delays are expected to continue through the end of the week.

'Occupy Congress' Protesters Gather At Capitol

As Congress reconvenes from their winter recess Tuesday, Occupy protesters from around the country have descended on the west lawn of the Capitol in one of the largest gatherings of Occupy activists.