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Monday, October 20, 2014

After Rough Stretch, Former Ocean City Councilman Attempts A Comeback

Former Ocean City Councilman Joe Hall has had a rough go of it after being ousted in 2012, but with an open field in this year's elections, he's trying for a comeback.

D.C. Police Chief Says Cabbies Shouldn't Qualify For Concealed Handguns

The application process begins later this week for concealed carry permits in the District, but D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says licenses should not be extended to cab drivers in the city.

How D.C. Became A Leader In Adult Charter Schools

Academy of Hope, a nonprofit serving adult learners, recently became a charter school, underscoring a nationwide trend where D.C. is at the forefront.

Early Voting Starts Today In D.C., Later This Week In Maryland

If there's no doubt in your mind who you're going to vote for in D.C., you can jump ahead of the crowd and cast your ballots today.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ocean City's Water Supply Tests Negative After Two Cases Of Legionnaire's Disease

Tests conducted after two Ocean City tourists contracted Legionnaire's Disease found no presence of bacterium legionnella.

Virginia's Senate Race Could Have Consequences For U.S. Energy Policy

While Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and challenger Ed Gillespie have fairly similar stances on issues like offshore drilling, analysts say the outcome of the race could have significant consequences for U.S. energy policy as a whole.

Police Discover Body In Search For Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham

Police have discovered a body on an abandoned property off Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County, which they believe may be the body of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Maryland Is Prepared For Any Ebola Cases, Governor Says

The state has instituted a coordinated plan involving multiple agencies and cooperation with health officials from Northern Virginia and D.C., Gov. Martin O'Malley says.

For Howard University's Yardfest, A New Era Begins

The most famous event of Howard University's annual homecoming weekend — the campus gathering known as Yardfest — is quite different this year.

Judge Who Ended D.C. Handgun Ban Denies Request To Reconsider Ruling

A federal judge on Friday denied a request that he reconsider his ruling that overturned D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns in public.

D.C. Goes To Court: Budget Autonomy, Handgun Carry Ban On Docket Today

It'll be a busy day for D.C. in the courts today, as federal judges hear arguments on two separate cases: a budget autonomy referendum and the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns outside the home.

Camera Set Up By Rabbi Caught Six Women On Tape, Say Police

Investigators say at least six women are captured totally or partially undressed on the videos secretly recorded by Rabbi Barry Freundel at a Georgetown synagogue.

Step Aside José Andrés, Because Armando Trull Is Making Mofongo

If you want a hearty dish for these ever-chillier fall days, our intrepid morning reporter Armando Trull has a recommendation: Mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish made with plantains.

In Maryland, Christie Stumps For Hogan, Obama For Brown

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend another fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in Maryland next week.

D.C. Reluctantly Moves Forward with Concealed Carry of Guns

City legislators are grudgingly establishing a licensing system that will allow D.C. residents and visitors to apply for concealed carry handgun permits.