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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pioneer Program Battles Transgender Discrimination

Transgender women at desk with instructor

A new D.C. program seeks to help transgender residents overcome the workplace discrimination that often drives them to live on the street.

Monday, September 19, 2011

D.C. Area Democrats Praise Obama's Plan

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Democrats from around the D.C. region are praising President Obama's plan to raise taxes on millionaires and close tax loopholes.

Trial For D.C. Activists Postponed

A judge has postponed the trial for eight D.C. voting rights activists arrested outside the Capitol in April, offering criticism of the government and police.

FHA Pre-Approves Tolls For Virginia's I-95

Driving along Interstate 95 in Virginia could get costly, as the Federal Highway Administration has given preliminary approval for tolls.

Md. Joins Nine States In Labor Crackdown

Maryland has signed on to become part of a joint effort to crack down on business that misclassify workers, robbing them of wages and labor protections.

Md. Housing Dept. Moving To New Carrolton

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Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley is announcing the relocation of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to a ‘soon-to-be-built’ facility in New Carrolton.

Bald Eagle Shot Dead In Maryland

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Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a bald eagle near Cumberland.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Unveils Deficit Reduction Proposal, Congress Annoyed With DNC Ads

CQ Roll Call Daily Brieifing editor David Hawkings gives an analysis on Obama's deficit reduction proposal and Congress' reaction to DNC ads proposing his jobs plan. 

Man Sues D.C. Starbucks Over Bathroom Cam


A Norfolk man is suing a D.C. Starbucks after his daughter discovered a running video camera pointed at the toilet in the cafe's bathroom.

O'Malley To Make Transit Announcement In New Carrollton

New Carrollton station

Leaders from Maryland and Prince George's County are schedule to make a "significant transit oriented announcement" this morning.

PG County May Tighten Parking Rules

The Prince George's County Council will consider various measures to crack down on illegal parking in the county, especially in residential areas.

Should 'Old Town' Be Added To Metro Map?

King Street Metro station

Metro may be trying to trying to shorten the names of stations in the system, but one local jurisdiction is asking the transit agency to lengthen the name of one of its stations.

Va. Elections: Financing Shows Tight State Races

Waiting in line to vote

The most recent campaign finance reports submitted by candidates in Virginia show that certain seats in the state's General Assembly will be hotly contested in November's elections.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ethics On D.C. Council's Agenda

The D.C. Council is expected to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess this week. But, the political pressure to act on the issue could complicate the reform effort.

Moran Aims To Remove Debt Ceiling

Rep. Jim Moran is proposing legislation to eliminate the national debt ceiling, which he says causes the U.S. more harm than good.