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Monday, December 5, 2011

USPS Processing Center Closings To Hit Maryland

The cash-strapped United State Postal Service will be closing 252 mail processing centers across the country next year, including two in Maryland.

D.C. Public Library Offers Late Fee Amnesty

Been avoiding the library because you've got some lingering late fees? The D.C. Public Library is running an amnesty program through February that will forgive past transgressions.

Montgomery County Scrambles To Pay For Pensions

Pensions for Montgomery County employees, fully-funded just a decade ago, are now facing a budget shortfall.

Jackson Browne Lends Voice To Occupy Protesters

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne was on-hand in Freedom Plaza Monday to bolster the spirits of a broader activist movement that saw 31 arrests over the weekend.

Closing Arguments Underway In Robocalls Trial

Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a political aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, and jurors could receive the case Monday.

DWI Charge For FAA Administrator

The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration has taken a leave of absence after being arrested for a DWI charge in Fairfax on Saturday.

Felony Provision Almost Derails D.C. Ethics Bill

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The D.C. Council is rushing to pass ethics legislation before year's end, but the bill was almost derailed in committee over a provision that would include an expulsion mechanism for elected officials convicted of a felony.

CQ Roll Call: Low Congressional Support For Gingrich, Talks On Payroll Tax Cut Continue

Although some recent polls show Newt Gingrich in the lead for the Republican presidential field, Congressional support for the former Speaker has been low.

Division Of Labor: DCentric's Elahe Izadi Talks About D.C. Unemployment

There are more jobs than residents in Washington, D.C., yet the city's unemployment rate continues to hover above the national average. DCentric's new series examines the disparity, and addresses the city's efforts to mitigate the issue.

Caps Look To SF Giants For 'Dynamic Ticketing' Model

What does the Caps' recent decision to go to 'dynamic ticketing' mean for fans? In some cases, lower ticket prices. 

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D.C. may be recession-proof, but unemployment is 26 percent in some areas. DCentric reports on the disparity.

Source: D.C. Council To Ask Harry Thomas Jr. To Take Leave Of Absence

Members of the D.C. Council met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the recent scandal surrounding Harry Thomas Jr. -- reports indicate that Kwame Brown will ask him to take a paid leave of absence.

Lawmakers Try Again For Compromise On Payroll Tax

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is one of the lawmakers calling for a compromise on extending payroll tax breaks for middle income families.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Arlington's Top Prosecutor To Retire

The long-time commonwealth's attorney in Arlington is poised to retire, and he reflects on some career highlights, like the famous Marv Albert sexual assault case.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Metro Using Gators In Parking Garages

Metro Police are employing gators - enclosed golf carts - in some Metro parking garages, in an effort to reduce crime and prevent theft.