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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Md. Governor: Transgendered People Need More Protection

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will work for greater protection for transgendered people in the next legislative session. O'Malley's pledge comes in the aftermath of an attack on a transgender woman in Maryland in April.

Former P. G. County Exec. Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

In Maryland, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to two federal charges he faces in connection with a pay-to-play corruption scandal involving developers.

Metro Proposes Increasing Train Wait Times

As Metro works to close a $66 million budget gap, riders could face longer Metrorail delays on weekends and the elimination of some bus routes.

After Fatal MoCo Crash, Police And Parents Beg Teens To Be Careful

Following this past weekend's triple fatal car accident in Montgomery County, authorities are urging teen drivers, their friends, and parents to consider the consequences of poor judgement behind the wheel.

Jack Johnson Pleads Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering. Johnson entered the plea to the two counts in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday.

D.C. Activists Fighting Gray Proposal To Repurpose Stadium Funds

A deal struck in 2004 to set aside funding for the Nationals ballpark neighborhood -- in order to get the needed votes to build the stadium -- is in jeopardy, and D.C. activists aren't too thrilled.

D.C.-To-NYC Buses May Get More Expensive With New Regulations

In D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood, buses leave to or arrive from New York City at almost any hour. These buses have grown in popularity, thanks in large part to their low prices. But starting this summer, D.C. can charge companies for using curbside space.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Gay Couple In Virginia Wins Hyphenated Last Name Case

A Virginia state court has allowed two gay couples to hyphenate their last names after previously rejecting both petitions as fraudulent.

Accused Driver Of Fatal Car Crash Attended Parties That Evening

New details are emerging about the Rockville man accused of driving the car in which three young friends were killed in an early morning crash in Montgomery County.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Will Barnet celebrates 100 years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. gets serious, and Lumina stages Henry VI.

Pets Rescued From Tornado Brought To D.C. Shelter

The tornado that devastated Alabama has also wreaked havoc with thousands of pets. The Tuscaloosa animal shelter has seven times more abandoned and hurt animals than usual. Some of those displaced pets are hoping to find a home in the District.

Consider This: Promoting Renewable Energy

Big news stories seemed to have followed one upon the other in recent weeks, with a result that our attention to each is relatively short-lived. There was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the uprisings in Egypt and Libya, the huge stories about the death of Osama bin Laden, followed by the record floodings in large parts of our country.

Metro Budget Hearings: What A Difference A Year Makes

This week, Metro will be hashing out its budget for the coming year at six public hearings. The gap this year is less than one-third of last year's.

Mount Vernon's Dyke Marsh Rapidly Eroding, Warns Environmental Group

A panel of scientists has concluded that Dyke Marsh in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County is eroding by as much as 8 feet each year. Many are concerned that could threatened the delicate balance of a fragile ecosystem.

D.C. Council Remains Divided Over Budget Issues

With the clock ticking to pass a balanced budget, members of the D.C. Council held a closed-door meeting to hash out their priorities for next year's spending plan.

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