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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Suspect Arrested In Wheaton Carjackings

Police have charged a Landover man with kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with the abduction and robbery of three elderly men over the weekened.

KKK Robes Donated To African American Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture's collection will include two Ku Klux Klan robes, which were donated this week. 

Virginia Mall Suspends Use Of Customer Tracking

Complaint by the ACLU of Virginia have prompted a Richmond mall to suspend the use of a new technology that tracks customer movements using their cell phones.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Virginia Legislator Tackles Kings Dominion Law

Summer may soon end earlier for Virginia students if the so-called Kings Dominion Law is circumvented, giving school districts the discretion to open before Labor Day.

The Hill: Filling The Hole Left By Barney Frank

After Barney Frank announced he will not seek reelection, Democrats are going through the complicated process of finding his successor in the House Finance Services Committee.

Expired D.C. Tags Could Now Prompt Impounding

After eliminating the policy of arresting drivers whose cars have expired license plates, the District government is now trying to figure out whether impounding the cars is a viable option. 

Local Lawmakers Tell Teens: 'It Gets Better'

Maryland lawmakers are lending their voices to the 'It Gets Better' Project, which seeks to encourage LGBT teenagers who are the victims of bullying.

Cafeteria Leftovers Now Offered To Food Banks

It seems like a commonsense policy, but it took the intervention of a Virginia congressman to allow schools to donate their leftovers to areas food banks.

New Speed Cameras At 9 Locations In D.C.

Their eyes are watching you (for speeding) at nine new locations in the District, thanks to a bunch of new speed cameras being installed. 

Zebras Take To The Streets In Leesburg, Va.

Leesburg residents were treated to a rare sight on Monday -- two escaped zebras roaming the streets like they owned the place. 

MoCo Buses Could Soon Carry Traffic Cameras

A bill has been introduced in Montgomery County that could put cameras on school buses, aimed at snagging the license plates of those who attempt to pass illegally.

Fourth Wheaton Carjacking Under Investigation

Two people were carjacked this morning at the Burger King on Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton, making it the fourth carjacking in the area in the past week. Police are not certain at this point whether the latest incident is related to the earlier three.

Opponents Of Alexandria Waterfront Threaten Lawsuit

A group of Alexandria residents say they are prepared to sue the city if the City Council votes in favor of a proposed waterfront redevelopment plan early next year. 

Wells Calls For More Drastic Ethics Reforms

As the D.C. Council zeroes in on revamping the city's ethics laws, one issue in particular has remained in the spotlight: the so-called "constituent services funds."

One Family's Choice To Go TV-Free

Many children now spend far more time watching TV than reading, something that commentator Bonnie Auslander wasn't happy to see happening in her own home. Now, at her home, the trend is going in the other direction.