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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Phone Calls Prove Prohibitively Expensive For Prisoners

The inability to keep in contact with family is one of the many sad facts of life for inmates in the U.S., but D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says there might be an easy fix.

Ocean City's New Boardwalk Nearing Completion

After three years and $6 million, Ocean City's iconic 2-mile wooden walkway is almost done.

Successful D.C. Budget Referendum Sparks Conversation On Capitol Hill

So far it appears the D.C. budget autonomy referendum overwhelmingly approved by D.C. voters faces no major opposition in Congress. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says it's quite the opposite.

In Wake Of Boston Attack, Local Muslims Haven't Felt Blowback

When it was discovered that the two perpetrators of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon advocated radical Islam, some local Muslims worried about a potential response on area religious communities.

Plans Move Forward For New North-South Highway West Of Dulles

Eager to serve the "corridor of significance" between Prince William and Loudoun Counties, planners have released a new study on a proposed highway in Northern Virginia.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

O'Malley Needs 'Reflection Time' Before Committing To Presidential Run

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is taking his time deciding whether or not run for the White House in 2016, saying he needs to reflect later this year before making a decision.

Regulators Deem D.C. Tour Bus Company 'Imminent Hazard'

Federal regulators have shut down the Washington D.C Party Shuttle, citing inadequate screening for drivers and an ineffective maintenance program.

D.C. Realigns Divisions For High School Football

In order to make for some more competitive high school football, DCPS is ditching geographical divisions in favor of grouping schools by competitiveness.

Federal Indictment Highlights Out Of Control Baltimore Prison

Federal officials have handed down charges to 14 female corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center, many of whom were smuggling goods into the prison and having sex with inmates.

Local Food Advocates Prescribe Fruits And Veggies For Food Stamp Recipients

With Congress weighing a farm bill, local food advocates would like to see more funds go towards acquiring healthy, fresh food for those on government assistance.

Distracted Driving The Target Of New Federal Guidelines

Federal safety officials are calling on car makers to follow guidelines that limit distractions from built-in devices to two seconds or less.

Anita Bonds Wins D.C. Special Election, Budget Referendum Passes

In a crowded field to fill the at-large seat on the D.C. Council, Democrat Anita Bonds carried the day with nearly a third of votes.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Montgomery County Looks To Scale Back Bag Tax

The bag tax in Montgomery County has generated twice the revenue lawmakers initially expected. The county council is introducing a measure to scale back when the tax is applied.

FBI Arrests Eric Toth, D.C. Teacher Accused Of Child Pornography

A former D.C. teacher at the top of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for producing child pornography has been arrested and is appearing in D.C. court today.

D.C. Pharmacies A Quagmire For Non-English Speakers

For District residents who don't speak English, purchasing medicine at area pharmacies can be prohibitively difficult.

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