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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ca. Veteran Sues For Benefits For Her Same-Sex Spouse

A lesbian couple from California is suing the Department of Defense for veterans' benefits. Another couple from Alexandria did the same thing this past November.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mild Weather Causing Early Bloom In Some Perennials

The mild weather means more than just eating lunch outside -- some D.C. perennials may already experiencing early blooms thanks to the balmy temperatures.

O'Malley's State Address Focuses On Gas Tax

Governor Martin O'Malley delivered his State of the State address in Annapolis on Wednesday, formally calling on legislators to pass a gas tax to help fund transportation projects in Maryland.

FBI Investigating Vandalism To Fairfax Mosque

Vandals in Fairfax did more than $60,000 in damage to a Chantilly mosque, prompting the FBI to step in to help with the investigation.

National Journal: O'Malley, McDonnell Eyeing National Stage

The governors of both Maryland and Virginia are looking to make a splash on the national political stage in the coming years.

Dupont Circle South Closed For Eight Months

The notoriously unreliable escalators at the south entrance of Dupont Circle are being replaced in the first step of WMATA's push to increase reliability around Metro.

Virginia Tables Request To Reclassify Marijuana

A bill that would have formally called on the fed to reconsider marijuana's classification as a Schedule II drug has been tabled in Virginia's House.

Metrobus Crash In Silver Spring

A Metrobus accident in Silver Spring has resulted in at least two injuries and traffic backups on Colesville Road.

Gas Thieves Using Drills To Steal Gas From Car Tanks

A rash of gas thefts have officials warning drivers to be careful where they park their cars and to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

Internet Gambling Repeal Before D.C. Council Committee Today

D.C.'s Internet gaming law will face an up or down vote today when a bill to repeal the measure comes to a D.C. Council committee. If the repeal passes, the issue could come before the full council. 

D.C. Homeland Security Chief Resigns

The latest chapter of the Harry Thomas Jr. scandal involvs the resignation of the chief of D.C.'s homeland security and emergency management agency. Millicent West was in charge of a youth investment trust fund during the time Thomas is accused of stealing more than $350,000.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Hill: Senate Gets A New Parliamentarian

The position of parliamentarian for the U.S. Senate is not one that gets a lot of attention, but as the position changes hands and goes to Elizabeth MacDonough, it could have implications on the future of Congress.

O'Malley Testifies In Favor Of Gay Marriage Bill

Governor Martin O'Malley broadcasted his support of same-sex marriage in Maryland Tuesday, testifying in support of a bill that would legalize it.

Arrest Made In Death Of Lenny Harris

Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of Alexandria, Va. civic activist Lenny Harris, whose body was identified Monday after being found in a well.

Virginia Moves Forward With Voter ID Bill

A bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that would require voters without IDs to file provisional ballots is one step closer to being passed on Wednesday, despite opposition.