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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Analysis: Sen. Warner Proposes Decoupling Social Security From Deficit Reduction

Plans to tackle deficit reduction in the lame duck session continue, and a proposal by Sen. Mark Warner that would isolate Social Security from other entitlement reform is gaining some traction.

Fairfax Residents Want Developers To Pay Impact Fees

Developers in Fairfax County can often often avoid paying for transportation improvements their stores necessitate, so some residents are calling on the county to implement a transportation impact fee.

Smoking Ban Headlines Packed Montgomery Co. Council Agenda

The first two months of 2013 will likely be a busy period for the Montgomery County council, as a slate of bills were introduced on Tuesday, including a proposed smoking ban on county-owned property.

Maryland Speed Cameras Underperform, Audit Finds

Maryland drivers might be happy to hear that more than half of tickets issued by traffic cameras at work zones across the state were thrown out, according to an audit. Officials say those numbers are on the way down.

Bradley Manning To Testify At Pretrial Hearing In Wikileaks Case

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to testify in a pretrial hearing in Fort Meade, Md., this week about his treatment in a Marine Corps. brig after he was arrested for his role in the leak of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.

D.C. United's Longtime Executive Steps Down

Just a few weeks after D.C. United was eliminated from the Eastern Conference Finals, long-time team executive Kevin Payne announced he would be leaving the club.

Norton Holds Discussion On Synthetic Marijuana In D.C.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will host a meeting with District residents and her Commission on Men and Boys tonight to talk about synthetic marijuana use. 

Georgetown, Trinity To Enter Recruiting Partnership With Charter Schools

Georgetown and Trinity Washington unversities in D.C. are the latest instutions of higher learning to sign on to a recruiting partnership with the Knowledge Is Power Program, a national charter school network.

Virginia Governor Considers Adjusting Gas Tax For Inflation

Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging Virginia legislators to make transportation construction funding a top priority in the upcoming legislative session. 

National Zoo Unveils New 'Conservation Carousel'

The National Zoo is unveiling a new solar-powered attraction with a carousel that highlights the figures of endangered species.

Four More Charged As Adults In Woodley Park Attack

Four more teenagers have been charged as adults in an attack on 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin last week. Griffin was killed in an attack at Woodley Park Metro station. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Virginia Sheriffs Oppose Release Of Regulations For Pregnant Inmates

Virginia is moving forward with guidelines intended to limit the use of restraints on pregnant inmates, but the Virginia Sherrifs Association is opposing a move to make records of the use of those restraints public.

Planners Tackle Traffic Congestion To Fort Meade

The commutes for the more than 56,000 Fort Meade workers promises to keep Maryland highways clogged for years to come, unless transportation planners can find ways to change peoples' commutes

Christmas Trees Arrive At White House, Capitol

The official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrived in the District on Monday, joining the official White House Christmas tree, as well as the 19-foot tree that will grace the Blue Room in the White House.

Federal Relief En Route For Maryland Counties Hit By Sandy

More than 75 percent of Maryland counties offered disaster declarations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, opening the channels for federal aid.