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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Than 130 Illegal Immigrants Arrested In Virginia

In Virginia Wednesday, the federal office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed the results of a three-day operation targeting illegal immigrants in Northern Virginia.

American Muslims Jumpstart 'Muslims for Loyalty' Campaign

Members of the American-Muslim community want to change the way they're sometimes perceived in the United States. They're taking action with the "Muslims for loyalty" campaign.

Scandals Take Toll On D.C.'s Top Officials

The latest Clarus Poll shows the public standing of Mayor Vincent Gray and City Council Chairman Kwame Brown has plummeted.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

D.C. Attorney General To Sue Online Travel Companies

The District is suing four of the largest online travel companies, claiming the vendors aren't paying their fair share of hotel occupancy taxes.

Maryland, Virginia Governors Spar Over Teacher Unions

The governors of Maryland and Virginia are sparring over education funding and the role of teacher unions. The two governors took part in a conference Tuesday focusing on the national dropout rate among students.

Latest D.C. News

An overheated kiln in a ceramics studio at the Corcoran Gallery has not damaged any artwork and the museum will reopen tomorrow.

No Vote Yet On Pepco Reliability Bill In Maryland

In Maryland, a vote has yet to be scheduled on a bill that would implement reliability standards on utilities statewide.

Jim Webb Plays Future Card Close To Vest

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) says he's not leaving the political arena when he retires after one term in the U.S. Senate next year.

Resale Therapy: Auction House Thrives In Bad Economy

A slow economy usually translates to slow business for most companies. But some business models are designed to not only benefit from families in need of quick cash but also provide a cheaper alternative for those willing to spend what little they have.

Latest Maryland News

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting death Monday in Olney is linked to a previous killing.

Commentary By Mike Tidwell: Pass The Wind Power Bill

Rising oil prices and new concerns about nuclear power are prompting a lot of people to reevaluate our sources of energy. Commentator Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, is urging lawmakers in Maryland to consider the potential of offshore wind farms.

Latest Virginia News

Man suspected of being the East Coast Rapist has pleaded not guilty.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

From pioneering artists to pioneering acts, originality is playing in and around the District.

Spring Runoff Brings Problems To The Chesapeake Bay

Heavy rains and melting snow are setting the stage for problems in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Project Makes D.C. Residents Competitive In Challenging Job Market

D.C.'s unemployment rate remains high, hovering near 10 percent, while it's more than 15 percent in Ward 7 and more than 23 percent in Ward 8. Competing with a highly educated, well-connected work force can be a great challenge for many D.C. residents. In the second part of a two-part series, we look at one program that exists without any sources of funding working to overcome some of those obstacles.