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Monday, April 29, 2013

Analysis: 'Anonymous' Targets Maryland Lawmaker For Crafting Cyber Security Bill

David Hawkings, writer for the Hawkings Here column for Roll Call, talks about how one local lawmaker is learning about cyber security firsthand.

New Traffic Signal Aims To Improve Pedestrian Safety In D.C.

D.C. transportation officials are hoping a new high intensity crosswalk signal will slow down drivers in the District.

Hearing Expected For Mississippi Man In Ricin Letters Case

The man accused of sending poison laced mail to the White House and Congress is expected in a Mississippi U.S. District Court today.

Arson Definition Changes In D.C., Dramatically Altering Closure Rate

One way to increase the closure rate in arson cases is simply to solve more crimes. The other, according to a Washington Post report, is to change the definition of what constitutes arson.

O'Malley Agrees To Maryland/Israel Development Partnership

Gov. Martin O'Malley inked a partnership during his recent trade mission to Israel and Jordan that will fund joint development between companies in Israel and Maryland.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Typo Holds Up Amendment To Ease Sequestration For FAA

The Senate's last minute bill to ease air congestion included a typo that held up the bill's implementation.

Senate Expected To Review Online Sales Tax Legislation

Local lawmakers say collecting sales taxes from online purchases will generate a lot of revenue that is otherwise lost in many states.

Cicadas Coming To D.C. Area... To Make Love

The 17-year emergence of the Brood II cicadas are due to arrive within the next few weeks.

Virginia Ranks 8th In Overall Freedom

A study ranks the Commonwealth in the top 10 for overall freedom.

Fire Helps Natural Land In Maryland Stay Renewed

Ecologists at Nassawango Creek Preserve near Maryland's Eastern Shore are renewing the land by setting it on fire.

Maryland's Stream Challenge Accepting Proposals

Gov. Martin O'Malley's Stream Restoration Challenge is accepting proposals to help protect the state's waterways.

Virginia Court Questions Beneficiary Status

Supreme Court justices are questioning a state law that would override a federal employee's designation of a beneficiary in a federal insurance program.

Rolling Stone Names 9:30 Club 'Most Welcoming Venue' In U.S.

Washington, D.C.'s art scene just got some new bragging rights, as one of the District's premier music venues has been named number one in the nation.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

D.C. Area Resident Celebrates Birthday With A Conference

D.C. is a big destination for business conferences, so it's no surprise that one local resident decided to celebrate her 30th birthday with one.

D.C. Runners Run For Boston

Runners in D.C. gathered for a 5/10k on Saturday to honor the victims in the Boston Marathon.