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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ocean City Lifts 30-Year-Old Skateboarding Ban

The Ocean City Council has voted to lift a 30-year ban on skateboarding on the resort's streets and boardwalk.

Virginia Tech Honors Fallen Officer

Virginia Tech will honor a campus police officer that died while on duty last December.

Lawmakers Leave Town To Campaign For Election

Lawmakers have now left Washington until Election Day and both sides are pointing fingers.

Hundreds Of D.C. Teachers Fired For Poor Evaluations

A rigorous evaluation system has put nearly 400 teachers in D.C. out of work.

Virginia Approves Candidate Virgil Goode's Standing On Ballot

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode can stay on the state's presidential ballot.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Goode's Position On Virginia Presidential Ballot Confirmed

Former Congressman Virgil Goode will appear on Virginia's presidential ballot this November for the Constitution Party, after the State Board of Election dismissed a challenge from the state GOP.

African American Faith Leaders Push For Same-Sex Marriage In Maryland

Prominent African American faith leaders are stepping up their efforts to get voters to approve same-sex marriage in the November ballot.

NASA Launches Suborbital Sounding Rockets

NASA has launched the first of two suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility earlier this morning.

The Many Legacies Of The Battle Of Antietam

Antietam Shadow box

The Battle of Antietam ended 150 years ago this week, and while much of the focus is on how it led to the Emancipation Proclamation, its impacts on the development of battlefield medicine are still felt today.

Weekend Track Work On Red, Orange Lines

metro map

Metro track work is comparatively light this weekend, affecting riders on the Orange and Red lines, with shuttles replacing trains on a long stretch of the latter.

Virginia Health Official Testifies On Affordable Care Act

Virginia is still working to make some of the critical decisions for implementing the Affordable Care Act, the state's health and human services secretary told Congress this week.

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.