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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Smaller Budget Shortfall, But More Tough Choices In Fairfax County

In Virginia Tuesday morning, Fairfax's county executive gave residents their first look at the county's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

Muslim-American Group Launches U.S.-Loyalty Campaign

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is starting a campaign in D.C. to counter what it says are concerns about the loyalty of Muslim-Americans.

D.C. Council Chairman Seeks To Return 'Fully-Loaded' SUV

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is looking into returning his city-leased SUV, under scrutiny about its cost.

Tunisia's Press Adapts To New Freedoms

Along the main boulevard in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, stores are open and people drink coffee at sidewalk cafes. Just a few weeks ago this street was a war zone, with tear gas, stones and bullets whirring through the air.

Democrats Challenge O'Malley's Budget

A group of Maryland senators are proposing an alternative to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Thrilling, bawdy, uncensored art events.

New Claims Link Fort Detrick To Cancer Victims

An outspoken critic of Fort Detrick and that facility's possible link to suspected cancer clusters in Frederick, Md., is leveling new charges.

Stage Play Examines Lesbian Child Custody Case

Dozens of plays are performed every week in the Washington Metro area. But this week one stands out for not just the timeliness of the subject matter but also where it's being performed.

Woman Charged With Mortgage Fraud Arraigned

A woman from Ashburn, Va., who fled to Turkey after being implicated in a mortgage-fraud scam is back on American soil, working her way through the justice system.

MoCo Police Want Victims To Claim Goods

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are sitting on a cache of stolen jewelry, electronics, and money.

Maryland Senate To Pick Up Gay Marriage Debate

The Maryland Senate is moving forward with plans to debate a gay-marriage bill this week and could vote on it next week.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Navy Heightens Security For Anti-Terrorism Exercises

The U.S. Navy is preparing for the nation's largest anti-terrorism exercise this week. Civilians in the mid-Atlantic region may notice stepped-up security.

Metro Delays Continue Due To Holiday Maintenance Work

Metro has been using the Presidents Day weekend to do scheduled maintenance on its rail lines, and that continues to cause delays for passengers.

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