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Monday, December 5, 2011

Division of Labor

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.

Occupy D.C. Protesters Arrested Over Structure

Police arrested more than two dozen Occupy DC protesters after the group failed to take down the wooden structure they erected in McPherson Square overnight.

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.

Mayor Challenges Report Claiming Salisbury Is 4th Dangerous U.S. City

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton is challenging a report that placed his city in the top five most dangerous places in the country to live.

Road Work In Anacostia Begins This Week

A 4-month road construction project in Anacostia is set to begin this week.

VA Tech Facing Fines For 2007 Massacre

Virginia Tech is facing a federal fine for allegedly failing to alert students about the deadly shooter that left 33 people dead in 2007.

Tolls On The ICC Go Into Effect Monday

The days of driving free on the ICC are coming to an end. Tolls will go in effect beginning Dec. 5.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Obama Campaign Kicks Off In Virginia

Volunteers for President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign kicked off the battle for votes this weekend.

Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign

Republican candidate Herman Cain said he is moving on to "Plan B," and is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 5

Two Australians tackle 'Are We There Yet?' and Bethesda's Round House takes on Pride and Prejudice.

Frederick County Town Approves Teen Curfew

A new curfew for Middletown teenagers goes into effect later this month.

Judge Tosses Out Senate Candidate's Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by Democratic Senate candidate Julien Modica against a media outlet and a non-profit has been dismissed by a federal judge.

Plaque Honors Montgomery County's Namesake

There are more than 800 plaques throughout Montgomery County commemorating people, places, and facts in history, but none to honor the county's namesake - General Richard Montgomery - until now.