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Monday, September 15, 2014

Council Calls For Presidential Support Ahead Of Senate Hearing In D.C. Statehood

The Senate is holding hearings on Monday morning on the topic of D.C. statehood, and District lawmakers are hoping the president will join them in backing the effort.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montgomery County First Responder Reflects On Impact Of 9/11 Attacks

Kelvin Thomas, a Montgomery County firefighter, was on the team that looked for survivors after the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2011. He reflects on what that means now.

Police Continue Search For Clarksburg Woman And Missing Children

Police in Montgomery County still have not located a missing woman or her two children.

Lawyer Says Request For Reconsideration Of D.C. Handgun Ruling Is 'Frivolous'

The legal back-and-forth between D.C. and a lawyer fighting the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home continues.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Search Continues For Two Missing Clarksburg Children

Police have located missing mother Catherine Hoggle in Germantown, Maryland, but police are still searching for her two children, who are the object of an intensive search.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ahead Of Hearing, Norton Celebrates Record Support For D.C. Statehood Bill

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is celebrating a milestone in her push for D.C. statehood, but she knows it’s still an uphill battle.

Replacement Of Metro's Delay-Prone Old Rail Cars Delayed

Metro riders have been waiting a long time for new rail cars to replace the ones that have been in use since the transit system’s inception — and they'll have to wait at least a couple months longer.

Machen Sets Up Unit Tasked With Looking Into Wrongful Convictions

U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen is creating a new unit in his office to look into cases that may have resulted in wrongful convictions, a move that comes after several recent exonerations using DNA evidence.

Bowser Agrees To Four Mayoral Debates Ahead Of D.C. Election

D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has agreed to participate in four debates ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

On 9/11 Anniversary, Cheh Thanks First Responders

The Ward 3 representative toured several city firestations Thursday, offering thanks and refreshments to the men and women in uniform.

Swim Coach Sentenced To 10 Years For Sex Abuse

Christopher Huott, who founded the Maryland Suburban Swim Club, abused one of his students for five years, starting when she was 7.

Lanier 'Shocked' By D.C. Police Officer's Intimidation Of Man Recording Arrest

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says an officer should not have interfered with a man who was seen recording an arrest in public. In the video, an officer tells the man "pack up and go" if he doesn't want to be "part of the investigation."

Administrators Hope New Building, Principal Help Save Jefferson-Houston School

The Alexandria public school has a new principal and some new features that administrators say might help turn around the school, whose students now have some of their lowest-ever reading scores.

Obama's ISIS Plan Divides An Already Divided Congress

This hyperpartisan Congress just got a little more fractured—only this time it isn't breaking along party lines. President Obama’s announcement that he's going to bomb the Islamic State is giving him some new Republican partners from the region on Capitol Hill, while also causing headaches for many in his own party.

Door to Door: Davidsonville, Md., & Rosemont, Va.

Our ongoing journey around the region, and this week we visit Davidsonville, Md., and Rosemont, Va.

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