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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reports Detail Health Violations At Virginia Abortion Clinics

An anti-abortion group in Virginia and some of the state's abortion clinics are at odds over public health records that show health and safety violations at the clinic.

D.C. Launches Campaign To Fight Transgender Discrimination

The District is launching a first-of-a-kind campaign to support equal rights for members of the city's transgender community.

Bird Biodiversity Could Be Key To Stopping West Nile

One researcher in Virginia is looking at how increasing biodiversity among birds could actually help stem the spread of West Nile virus.

D.C. Grows 'Five-Minute' Neighborhoods

D.C. is excelling at creating thriving, walkable neighborhoods out of blighted areas, experts say, and the Capitol Riverfront is a prime example.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alexandria Calls For Cooperation For Future Ethanol Spills

Norfolk Southern raised the ire of Alexandria residents last week, when it neglected to notify the city or it's fire department about a 150 gallon ethanol spill. Officials are requesting that the city be kept in the loop.

Fairfax Sees Second Rabid Beaver Attack In A Week

A group of children in Fairfax County was attacked Wednesday morning by a rabid beaver, the second time in a week that humans have had run-ins with sick and aggressive rodents.

Circuit Court To Appoint New Alexandria City Council Member

The Alexandria City Council needs a new member after Rob Krupicka left to fill his new position in the Virginia House of Delegates. Interested parties are encouraged to apply.

Analysis: Ads For Virginia Senate Race Seek To Cut Through Political Clutter

The advertising blitz in the D.C. area is underway for the November elections, and the content of the ads say a lot about the candidates' strategies.

Maryland Delegate Pushes To Suspend Fracking, Pending Study

With the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing as yet unproven, one Maryland state delegate wants to ban the process until further study can be done.

Analysis: Few Congressional Obstacles To Stop-Gap Budget Measure

After five weeks of recess, Congress is finally back in session, and The Hill's Alex Bolton likes the odds that Congress will succeed at passing a stop-gap budget measure to prevent shutdown in October.

Prince George's Central High Mourns Loss Of Marckel Ross

Students and others in the Central High School are mourning the loss of Marckel Ross, a popular junior at the school who was shot on his way to school Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

MCPS Considers Baseline Concussion Testing For Athletes

As the body of evidence demonstrating the long-term effects of concussions grows, Montgomery County is considering a baseline testing program for its students athletes suspected of concussions.

Montgomery County Bans Road Sealants With Harsh Chemicals

Road sealants containing potentially hazardous chemicals are now banned in Montgomery County after the county council passed a bill prohibiting the substances. 

Five Sentenced In 2010 Southeast Shootings

A judge has sentenced five D.C. men to lengthy prison sentences for a series of shootings over a stolen bracelet in 2010 that killed four and injured eight others. 

Lawsuit Argues MWAA Can't Tax Dulles Toll Road Commuters

A group of people suing the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority over its authority to increase tolls to pay for the Dulles Rail Project will make its case again in court next month after being shut down by a lower court in July.