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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hacks Compromise Personal Information Of Applicants To Virginia Tech

Thousands of people who applied for jobs at Virginia Tech may have had their information compromised, as the university disclosed that their servers had been hacked.

Navy Yard Shooter Did Not Disclose Arrest, Debts

The Navy Yard shooter lied about a previous arrest and failed to disclose thousands of dollars in debts when he applied for a security clearance in the Navy.

Miss Piggy, Bert And Ernie To Join Smithsonian Collection

Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.

McAuliffe And Cuccinelli Draw Contrasts On Environmental And Energy Records

Ahead of a debate on Wednesday night and with polls showing a tight race, Virginia gubernatorial contenders Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli are finding contrasts wherever they can—including their records on the environment and energy.

Maryland Ph.D. Student Tracks Ups And Downs Of Metro's Escalators

A curious Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland has taken to tracking escalator outages at Metro stations, and some of his findings might not be too surprising to the daily commuter.

Man Misidentified As Navy Yard Shooter Considering Legal Action

The Stafford, Va. man misidentified as the Navy Yard shooting suspect says he is considering legal action against two TV stations that published his name.

Graham, Orange Defend Vote Against Censure Of Marion Barry

After voting against the censure and punishment of Marion Barry for accepting cash from city contractors, Council members Jim Graham and Vincent Orange explained the logic behind their position.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Silver Spring Woman Among Survivors Of Terrorist Attack On Nairobi Mall

The ongoing attacks at a mall in Kenya, Nairob have claimed dozens of lives. One woman from Silver Spring, Md., is counted as one of the survivors.

Statue Of Ten Commandments Near Supreme Court Toppled

The granite monument of the Ten Commandments in view of the Supreme Court was toppled by vandals some time over the weekend.

Muslim Leaders Push For Eid ul-Adha Observance In Montgomery County

Muslim community leaders are urging Montgomery County officials to close schools in observance of a Muslim holiday.

Proposed D.C. Tattoo Regulation Could Violate Federal Law

A regulation proposed by the D.C. Department of Health would force tattoo artists and body piercers to deny service to those with communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, a potential violation of federal law.

Arlington County Gives Approval To 22-Story Building At Pentagon City

The Arlington County Board has approved a development for Pentagon City that could add a 22-story high-rise to the area, as well as four other office buildings.

Virginia's Unemployment Rate Ticked Up In August

The jobless rate in Virginia rose for the fourth month in a row in August.

Federal Agency Left Out Of Loop In Wake Of Navy Yard Shooting

While investigators continue to piece together what happened during the rampage that left 12 dead at the Navy Yard, a report suggests a key law enforcement agency was left out of the loop.

Obama Memorializes Navy Yard Victims, Calls For Renewed Action On Guns

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined President Obama in using a memorial service for the victims of the Navy Yard shooting to call for changes to the nation’s gun laws.