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Friday, December 2, 2011

Six Red Line Stations Closed This Weekend

Commuters will have to tolerate the usual delays this weekend, as WMATA is closing six Red Line metro stations to install new rail, fasteners, and automatic train control upgrades.

Man Targetting Mentally Disabled May Have Other Victims

Police believe a Montgomery County man accused financially exploiting four mentally disabled residents may have taken advantage of many more.

City Hall Reacts To Raid On Harry Thomas Jr.'s Home

D.C. councilmembers reacted to the news that the home of their colleague Harry Thomas Jr. was raided by federal officials on Friday.

Lincoln Biopic: Virginia's Hollywood Incentives Get Closer Look

Lawmakers are offering production company's millions to film projects like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln in the Commonwealth -- whether they work or not is the subject of a debate.

WaPo's McCartney: Cuccinelli's GOP Bid, The Maryland Robocalling Trial, Pentagon Blast BRAC Planning

Ken Cuccinelli sets up an interest race for Virginia's governor position, Paul Schurick admits to authorizing the infamous Maryland robocall, and the Pentagon's Inspector General pans the Army's sloppy work on BRAC traffic planning.

CQ Roll Call: Payroll Tax Deal, Roscoe Bartlett's Chief Resigns

There's still hope for a compromise on an extension of payroll tax breaks, according to David Hawkings, editor-in-chief of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing.

Yonathan Melaku, Accused Pentagon Shooter, Denied Bail

The Virginia man accused of shootings at the Pentagon and several military installations in the region, is being held without bail by authorities, who identify him as a flight risk.

NORAD Santa Tracker Up And Running

Following a practice that has become a tradition NORAD has launched their Santa tracking website for this year -- where kids can track the flightpath of jolly old Saint Nick.

FBI Searches Harry Thomas Jr.'s Home

Federal authorities searched the home of D.C. council member Harry Thomas Jr. Friday morning, confiscating several items, including a Chevy Tahoe and a motorcycle. Thomas was accused earlier this year of spending $300,000 of city money for his own use.

Postal Worker Robbed Near U Street NW

Metropolitan Police are looking for a man that robbed a postal worker at the end of his mail run Dec. 1.

D.C. Changes Snow Policy For Employees To 'Shelter In Place'

The District government did a snow drill Dec. 1 to plan for what would happen if the city was hit by another "snowmageddon" and there's one big change: employees will be encouraged to 'shelter in place.'

Northern Va. Dems Fighting New Eminent Domain Law

Democrats in Northern Virginia are hoping to derail an amendment to the state constitution that would limit eminent domain, but it's likely to be a tough fight.

Activists Say Walmart's Environmental Policies Incomplete


D.C. environmental activists are dismissing Walmart's sustainability proposal as "greenwashing," that doesn't address of its effects on communities and distracts residents from unsavory labor practices.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MoCo Council To Vote On Teen Curfew Bill Tuesday

After months of deliberation, the Montgomery County Council is expected to vote on the controversial teen curfew bill next Tuesday.

Report: Army Used Poor Data For BRAC Traffic Assessment

A new report showing that the Army used suspect data in its assessment of the effects of the implementation of Base Realignment and Closure on traffic, angering area lawmakers.