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Saturday, April 16, 2011

D.C. Mayor Proposes Medical Marijuana Rules

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has officially proposed rules governing the cultivation and dispensation of medical marijuana.

McDonnell Signs Bills To Protect Sexual And Domestic Violence Victims

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed into law 12 bills aimed at protecting and improving services for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Virginia Tech Mourns

Four years after the Virginia Tech shootings, university officials insist they did nothing wrong by waiting two hours to warn the campus that a gunman was on the loose.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The governor plans to sign an executive order on Monday to create a group to study pollution from septic systems. The study will examine the extent to which large developments' septic tanks are polluting the Chesapeake Bay.

Alexandria To Consider Waterfront Hotels

City planners in Alexandria, Va., want to overturn a longstanding ban on hotels along the waterfront. But the proposal is facing some serious resistance.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro will hold public hearings and town hall meetings next month on possible service cuts and other measures to help reduce a $72.5 million operating budget gap. The proposed service cuts will be discussed at public hearings scheduled for May 16 through May 20.

Commentary By Ciara Smith: Finding The Courage To Be Yourself

The bond between a mother and her daughter is a special one, but as commentator Ciara Smith notes, it's also one that can make honest communication sometimes difficult.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says he has concerns with lawmakers' legislative redistricting plan and has vetoed it. Governor McDonnell says the proposed districts don't properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A couple of Washington museums go green, but the music keeps things blue.

For Some, Emancipation Day Equals One More Day Of Tax Procrastination

Among all the other perks of the city holiday that is D.C.'s Emancipation Day -- no parking meters! school is closed! -- there's one that a much larger audience is sure to appreciate: the extension of the 2011 Internal Revenue Service tax deadline.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Mayor Vincent Gray's protest of the congressional budget that led to his arrest.

Weekend Metro Work To Cause Delays

Several Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to maintenance work. Riders on the Orange line should expect delays as the agency closes five stations for most of the weekend.

Capitals Face Off Against Rangers In Game Two Friday

The Washington Capitals are looking to keep up the momentum tonight in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the New York Rangers.

District Celebrates Emancipation Day

Saturday is the anniversary of the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed an act that freed thousands of slaves in the District, nine months before the broader Emancipation Proclamation. Since the 16th is a Saturday this year, the city holiday is being observed Friday. As a result, D.C. government is closed and other changes are in effect as well.

Virginia Deals With Prescription Drug Disposal

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is leading an effort to confront trouble with prescription drugs on two fronts: proper medication disposal and prescription drug abuse among teenagers.

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