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Monday, December 31, 2012

Dulles Toll Road Tolls Go Up Jan. 1

Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road officially increased starting Jan. 1, with rates rising by 50 cents now and by another 75 cents next year.

Virginia State Parks Offer Special New Year's Day Hikes

Virginia State Park staffers will be trying to get state residents on their feet with a series of "First Day Hikes" on New Year's Day. 

Prince George's Schools Struggle To Fill Nurse Positions

Prince George's County Schools are working to hire dozens of nurses to make up for a shortage in the system. Approximately 10 percent of the county's schools don't have a full time nurse on staff.

Emancipation Proclamation On View For 'Watch Night'

The Emancipation Proclamation will be on view at the National Archives until after midnight on New Year's Eve, keeping up the longtime "Watch Night" tradition.

Redskins Clinch NFC East With Win Over Cowboys, 28-18

The Washington Redskins are heading to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years after clinching the NFC-East division title last night with a win over the Dallas Cowboys.

SoberRide In Effect For New Year's Eve

The D.C. region's SoberRide program will be in effect tonight, offering free rides for those that may have had too much to drink and can't drive home.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stuffed Muskrat Stars In Maryland Town's New Year's Tradition

A lighted ball tends to take center stage at most New Year's Eve celebrations, but in Princess Anne, Md., a muskrat in a tophat becomes star of the town.

Two Virginia Schools Top Rankings Of University Values

Kiplinger Personal Finance has placed two Virginia universities in their "10 Best Public College Values, 2013." Can you guess which schools made it?

Construction Starting Soon On Redskins Training Camp In Richmond

With the approval of Richmond's city council, construction of a $10 million training camp facility for the Redskins may begin in earnest as soon as next week.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Avoid End Of Year Scams With Practical Advice

As the end of 2012 nears, many are looking to get in some last-minute charitable giving for tax purposes. With these helpful tips, you can avoid being taken advantage of.

Bank Robber Tries To Use Metro As Getaway Vehicle

A bank robber in Southeast D.C. didn't have a getaway car, so he did what any carless Washingtonian would do — he took the Metro. Or tried to, in any case.

Lease Issues Remain For Jack's Boathouse

The National Park Service still plans to open the operation of a Georgetown boathouse to bidders, after a review revealed the owner wasn't on the lease, which itself is out of date with NPS practices.

Metro To Stay Open Late For New Year's Eve

Not only will Metro riders be spared track work this holiday weekend, but WMATA is keeping trains running late for both the Redskins' season finale against the Cowboys and New Year's Eve.

Keeping Fit Takes More Than New Year's Resolution

Planning to set a goal of getting in shape for the New Year? So do a lot of people, according to a D.C. fitness director. He offers some tips that might help you actually stick to the plan.

Friday, December 28, 2012

D.C. Spared Brunt Of Snowstorm

The weather forecast has been adjusted and now meteorologists project D.C. will see mainly rain today.