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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Virginia Gov. Calls For 'Reason' In Offshore Drilling Regulation

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Lawmakers from the Southern States Energy Board met in Alexandria this week, and many of them lamented the increased regulations the Obama administration has imposed on energy companies during the economic downturn.

Montgomery Council Awaits Wal-Mart Plan

Close-up of Wal-Mart cart

They won't receive the plan until next year, but council members in Montgomery County are already battling over an effort to build a second Wal-Mart in the county.

Area Lawmakers Work To Change Budget Process

Deadlock in the Congressional budget progress has only further hurt Congress' standing in the public's eye. Two area lawmakers have ideas to change the process.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 5

Army Choir

Flashpoint gets specific, Dance Exchange gets crafty, the American Art Museum gets Encuentros and St. John’s gets the U.S. Army Chorus.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MoCo Planning Process Speeds Up

While some worry that developers will ignore residents' needs if planning processes were sped up, signs show there are at least some benefits.

Wolf Rebukes Norquist On House Floor

grover norquist

Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf (R) admonished the strict anti-tax policies of Grover Norquist, saying his fellow GOP lawmakers have to be more flexible to tackle the deficit.

Ethics Task Force Rejected By D.C. Council

Council members resoundingly rejected Vincent Orange's ethics reform bill yesterday, saying the existing ethics reform effort needs time to take shape.

McDonnell: EPA Regulations Cost Too Much

bob mcdonnell

At a meeting of the Southern States Energy Board in Alexandria, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell described EPA regulations as "job killing."

Md. Professor Wins Share Of Nobel Prize

adam riess

A professor from Johns Hopkins University won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics Tuesday for his work in observing the expansion of the known universe.

Court Upholds D.C.'s Assault Weapons Ban

A federal appeals court upheld D.C.'s ban on assault weapons, as well as certain other gun restrictions.

Maryland Redistricting Plan Released

The draft of Maryland's Congressional redistricting plan could have negative consequences for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

Maryland Gov. Appears In Gay Marriage Video

Shot of Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley in marriage equality video.

Maryland's gay marriage advocates are already ramping up publicity in advance of the issue coming before the state legislature in January.

NRC: Va. Nuclear Plant Not Damaged In Earthquake

The federal government's nuclear regulators say Dominion did what it was supposed to when an earthquake shook its North Anna Power Station in Virginia in August.

DC Lottery Seeks Input On Online Gaming

Residents in the District will finally get a chance to weigh in on the city’s internet gaming law. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

New D.C. Gardening Program Takes Root


Local schools are starting to reap the benefits of a gardening program introduced as part of the Healthy Schools Act last year.