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Friday, September 21, 2012

Analysis: New Polls Show Kaine Ahead Of Allen In Virginia Senate Race

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest polls showing Democrat Tim Kaine leading Republican George Allen in Virginia's U.S. Senate race.

Analysis: Senate's Slow Final Vote, Polls Show Dems Up In Virginia

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the delay on passing a funding bill in the Senate, and polls out this week that show Democrats gaining ground in close races in Virginia and other swing states. 

Nationals Clinch Playoff Spot, But Tickets Prove Elusive

Bo Porter embraces Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman

The Washington Nationals' win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night led to a spot in the playoffs, but for many fans, playoff tickets will remain elusive.

On Final Day Before Recess, House Votes On Welfare Bill

Welfare work requirements will be the issue of the day in the U.S. House on the last day the body is expected to be in session before the November elections. 

D.C.'s Charter Schools Look At Suspension, Expulsion Rates

D.C.'s public charter schools suspended more than 300 students over the course of the 2011-2012 school year, and 230 students were expelled, according to new data released by the charter schools board.

D.C. Corrections Officers Warn Of Security Issues At City Jail

Corrections officers are raising concerns about safety and security at the D.C. jail after the company that runs the facility imposed massive layoffs, the officers say.

Bookend: Prosecutor-Turned-Novelist Works to Keep Pages Turning

In this month's Bookend, we chat with Allison Leotta, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who now spends her time writing fast-paced legal thrillers set in the nation's capital.

Artist Experiments With Portraits Of Random Strangers

Artist Nicole Bourgea has created 10 life-size oil paintings of random people she has met this year. On Oct. 1, she will place each portrait back at the location where she first saw the subject with a note: "If this is you, this painting is yours to take."

Eating In The Embassy: Guinean Embassy Brings West African Food To Washington

We continue our series featuring the cuisines of cultures around the world; this time, we swing by the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea to sample some gastronomic delights from West Africa.

Door to Door: Glenn Dale, Md., and Fairlington, Va.

This week, we visit Glenn Dale, Md., and Fairlington, Va.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Arlington Judge To Retire, Raising Question Of Court Caseloads

scales of justice at alexandria circuit court

The contentious issue of circuit court caseloads has come up again with the news that Arlington Circuit Court judge Karen Heneber will retire next year.

Health Research At Risk From Sequestered Cuts

grad student at Johns Hopkins University

Automatic cuts from sequestration will affect more than just entitlements and the military — the National Institute of Health would be subject to $2.5 billion in cuts, which could stifle research.

Wells Proposing Tougher Rules For D.C. Lawmakers

Council member Tommy Wells is proposing tough ethics rules for members of the D.C. Council, some of which are sure to raise the ire of his colleagues in the Wilson Building.

Kaine, Allen Square Off At Fairfax County Debate

In a debate with fellow Senate candidate Tim Kaine Thursday, Republican George Allen distanced himself  from comments that presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the "47 percent" in a recently-released video.

Seven Of Top 10 Wealthiest Counties In D.C. Area

The D.C. area has weathered the economic downturn better than just about any area of the country, with area counties taking seven of the top 10 spots on the list of median incomes.