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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alexandria City Council To Consider Public Art Policy


Do developers have an obligation to contribute art to the communities in which they build? That's the thrust of a new bill being considered by the Alexandria City Council.

Virginia Leads Nation In Machine Gun Ownership


According to a new report, the Commonwealth of Virginia is the nation's leader in the ownership of machineguns.

Doctor Shortage Looms, Even As Med School Applications Go Up

Hard limits on the number of residencies will eventually create a bottleneck in the medical professional as record numbers of students apply to medical school.

Woman In Custody After Shot Fired Near Walter Reed Medical Center

Police say a suspect is in custody after an altercation at the gates of Walter Reed Medical Center. Reports say at least one shot was fired, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Another D.C. Tax Office Employee Accused Of Fraud

Concerns about oversight at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue continue as another employee has been implicated in a scheme that cost the city more than $300,000.

Driverless Vehicles Could Appear On D.C. Streets

The District of Columbia is considering allowing driverless vehicles on the city's streets.  D.C. would follow three other states in allowing this new technology.

Arlington Cemetery Debuts Electronic Grave Database

Visitors to Arlington National Cemetery — including families of those buried there — will now be able to locate specific grave sites using an online database and a smartphone application.

UDC Cuts Will Eliminate Jobs, Degree Programs

The University of the District of Columbia will eliminate 20 percent of its degree programs and cut more than 100 jobs under a new plan to "right-size" the public university.

'Fairness' At Heart Of Debate Over Maryland's DREAM Act

One word comes up again and again among advocates on both sides of the fight over Maryland's DREAM Act: fairness.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Smartphone Thefts Make Up Most Metro Robberies

Hold on to that smartphone! D.C. police say most thefts on the Metro are smartphone thefts, a trend they are combatting by promoting better awareness as well as a new cell phone registry.

Virginia Voters To Decide Fate of Amendment On Religious Holidays

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One of the few campaigns on the Virginia ballot which is almost universally supported is an amendment permitting legislators to delay veto sessions a week, so they don't coincide with Passover.

Debate Chat: Final 2012 Presidential Debate

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The third and final debate of the 2012 Presidential campaign will take place Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. Join us for a live debate chat, beginning at 8:30 p.m., as we break down the debate as it happens.

Early Voting Underway In The District

D.C. residents wishing to cast their ballots early are now free to do so. There is just one polling location at the moment, but after this weekend, seven more early voting locations will be opened.

Metro Reopens South Entrance To Dupont Circle Metro

After being shuttered for eight months, the south entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station was reopened Sunday, complete with new, state-of-the-art escalators.

Woman Attacked While Jogging On Capital Crescent Trail

Police are looking for a suspect in an attack on a 21-year-old woman that occurred on the Capital Crescent Trail in the Bethesda area Sunday.