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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Haitian Boys Choir Visits D.C., Performs To Help Fix Their School

Washington is hosting the Les Petits Chanteurs, a renowned Haitian boys choir, as the children tour the world to raise money for their school, which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. 

ACLU Sues MPD Over Confiscated Memory Card

The Metropolitan Police Department is facing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union that alleges officers confiscated a memory card from a citizen's camera after he was photographing the officers.

DNC 2012 Roundup: Bill Clinton, Dems' Secret Weapon, Makes The Case For Obama

Former President Bill Clinton came to President Obama's defense at the Democratic National Convention last night, wowing the crowd despite a lengthy speech. 

Van Hollen's Speech Captures DNC Attention

Maryland delegates at the Democratic National Convention are keeping their eyes on Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen who they say is a rising star.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alexandria Residents Question Ethanol Spill Response

Norfolk Southern Railroad waited an hour after a spill of toxic liquid ethanol to notify the Alexandria fire department, again calling into question the whether the city should be able to regulate the practice.

NASA Reschedules Rocket Launch For Thursday

It's a bird! It's a plane! Actually, if you're looking at Virginia's Eastern Shore Thursday morning, it's likely you're seeing the first flight of NASA's Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle

Focus On Gender Gap Misses Deeper Impacts Of Women's Issues

So-called "women's issues" are a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign season so far, but several prominent advocates for women say these issues actually affect most voters.

Baltimore To Celebrate Phelps, Other Olympians Monday

Maryland will celebrate their own on Monday, when they receive 22-time gold medalist Michael Phelps as well as other state Olympians at the Inner Harbor.

Simultaneous Success Of Nats, O's A Historic Happening

The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are two teams that have found winning elusive, so the simultaneous success of both teams has some turning to the history books for precedent.

Area Winter Will Be A White One, Almanac Says

Driven by an El Nino pattern in the Pacific, one of the region's oldest almanacs is forecasting a Winter heavily-laden with snow.

Ellicott City Derailment Caused $2.2M In Damage

The human cost of the Ellicott City train derailment last month is already well known, but a preliminary report by the NTSB identifies the cost in property damage: more than $2 million.

Analysis: Michelle Obama Shines, O'Malley Makes Rounds At DNC

National Journal's Reid Wilson talks about winners and losers from the first night of the Democratic National Convention, and how a third-party candidate could affect the presidential race in Virginia.

At DNC, Kaine Looks To Win Over South For Democrats

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine spoke at yesterday's Democratic National Convention, taking a break from campaigning in his tight Senate race against former Republican Sen. George Allen. 

D.C. Corporate Contributions Petition Won't Be On November Ballot

The group trying to put a proposal banning corporate contributions to D.C. political campaigns on the November ballot will have to wait; with a four-week extension to re-examine some signatures, they won't make the ballot deadline.

Alexandria Council Member Wins Vacant Virginia House Seat

Alexandria City Council member Rob Krupicka celebrated his new title, that of Virginia state selegate, after winning the 45th District seat in a special election Sept. 4.  

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