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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Local MS-13 Prostitution Rings Prompt Call For Harsher Penalties

After several MS-13 gang members were convicted recently for running prostitution rings in the D.C. region, one advocacy group is calling for harsher penalties for the clients that engaged in sex acts with underage girls.

Issa Proposes D.C. Budget Autonomy, With A Catch

One member of Congress is looking to provide the District with more budget autonomy, with one exception: abortion.

PG County To Vote On Slot Machine Ban

The Prince George's County Council is considering a zoning measure Tuesday that would essentially ban slot machines from the county.

Solar Landfill To Power Local Elementary School

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Solar panels installed on a former landfill in Howard County, Maryland are expected to generate 90 percent of the electricity used by a neighboring elementary school.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Trial For Sulaimon Brown Set For February

The trial for former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown is now scheduled to take place in February

Cardozo High School Getting $100M Facelift

Cardozo High School, which has served D.C. for nearly a century, will receive $100 million in upgrades through 2013.

Study Abroad Programs More Popular Than Ever

Study abroad programs are bigger than ever -- with record numbers of foreign students studying in the U.S., and American students choosing increasingly diverse places to study.

Maryland's District 6 May Get Another Challenger

A Montgomery County businessman is considering joining what promises to be a crowded race for Maryland's sixth District, which was recently subject to redistricting.

O'Malley: Democrats Will Rebound In 2012

Maryland Democratic governor Martin O'Malley voiced optimism that the defeat of an anti-union law in Ohio is a sign that Democrats may enjoy a swing in their favor in 2012.

CQ Roll Call: Supercommittee Deadline Looms, Stopgap Measure Funding Expires Friday

The deadline for the supercommitee is looming, while the stopgap measure funding the federal government expires on Friday.

Transgender Activists Plan MPD Protests

Transgender activitists will take to the streets Thursday to raise awareness of what they see as unfair treatment from the Metropolitan Police Department and other members of the law enforcement community.

Warrant Issued For White House Gunfire Suspect

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect believed to be involved in some gunfire near the White House late Friday evening. 

D.C. Restaurateur Facing Federal Drug Charges

The owner of a recently opened bar and restaurant in Southeast D.C. is facing federal drug charges, according to a Drug Enforcement Agency affidavit. 

MPD Youth Investigations Found 'Inadequate'

Police officers in MPD's Youth Investigations Division have been doing an "inadequate" job of investigating cases of young people that go missing from group homes, according to a report just released by the District's inspector general. 

Super Committee Courts Compromise

With just 10 days left until the deadline for the super committee to reach a deficit reduction deal, the region's lawmakers are eagerly awaiting recommendations from committee members.