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Thursday, May 10, 2012

D.C.'s Fashion Designers Find A Home At Cultural Couture

The D.C. Fashion Foundation is hoping to provide more opportunities for local fashion designers through a new fashion business incubation program that launched this week. 

O'Malley To Legislators: Stick To The Budget In Special Session

Gov. Martin O'Malley is warning the General Assembly not to tackle the issue of a casino in Prince George's County during next week's special session. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Montgomery County Offers Summer Program Guide

As Summer approaches, Montgomery County has opened registration for their slate of recreation programs for all ages.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier Renews Contract

D.C.'s top cop Cathy Lanier signed a new five-year deal with the city, keeping her current salary of $253,000, despite criticism from the district's police union.

Van Hollen: Cut Defense Spending Or End Tax Loopholes

There's a push on Capitol Hill to unwind the steep cuts to the Pentagon budget triggered by the failure of the super committee last year, but Rep. Van Hollen insists don't target social programs to do it.

Alexandria Prepares For Sale Of Hunting Point On Potomac

Real estate at Hunting Point in Virginia, right next to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, is a hot commodity. Even as land moves closer to sale, Alexandria city officials are considering limiting its redevelopment potential.

Doomsday Averted: Maryland Lawmakers Agree On Tax Hike

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says lawmakers agreed on a plan to raise taxes on high-income earners as well as shift the responsibility for teacher pensions onto counties, in a move expected to avert the "doomsday" budget.

Prince William Holds Vigil For Fallen Officers

A candelight vigil will be held Wednesday night in Woodbridge, Va. as part of National Police Week to honor the officers lost over the years in Prince William County.

Closing Arguments Heard In Trial Of Ehrlich Robocalls Consultant

A Maryland jury is hearing closing arguments in the trial of Julius Henson, a consultant for former Republican governor Robert Ehrlich, accused of using election day robocalls to suppress black voter turnout.

Capitals Facing Elimination In Game 6

After a heartbreaking overtime loss Monday, the Capitals are facing a must-win contest Wednesday night as they host the Rangers in Game 6of the Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals.

D.C. Area Kids Celebrate Bike To School Day

Kids took to their two-wheelers today in honor of National Bike to School Day. 

South Manor Neighbors Oppose Site For Metro Crash Memorial

Neighbors of a proposed memorial to victims of the 2009 Metrorail crash aren't necessarily thrilled about the city's designated location.  

Virginia Launching Program For At-Risk Mothers

Virginia will use federal grant money to sponsor a program that provides home visits to expectant mothers in at-risk situations.

Thomas Jefferson High Named #2 Best School In U.S.

Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology High in Alexandria is ranks second among the best schools in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. 

House Unlikely To Pass Obama's Tax Breaks Package

President Obama's latest attempt to grow the economy using tax breaks is likely to stall in the House, previewing a political dynamic likely to last for the remainder of the election cycle.

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