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Thursday, September 26, 2013

McAuliffe And Cuccinelli Trade Attacks In Second Debate

It was attack and counter-attack at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate in McLean last night, as Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli traded zingers and accusations.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lawmakers Work To Avoid Shutdown As Federal Workers Brace Themselves

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they're working to avoid a government shutdown, but if they fail, it's federal workers and those who rely on their services that will be left holding the bag.

Attorney: Manning Being Assessed For Gender Disorder

The military has previously said they won't provide hormone therapy to convicted Wikileaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning, but her lawyer says she is being tested while in confinement.

D.C. Cab Drivers Protest Credit Card Deadline, Citing Installation Problems

All D.C. taxicab drivers are supposed to have credit card machines installed by next Tuesday, but a group that gathered in Freedom Plaza Wednesday say installation hang-ups

Gray Moves To Keep All D.C. Employees On The Job During Shutdown

With a federal shutdown on the horizon, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray is fighting to keep the D.C. government's 32,000 employees on the job.

Needle Exchanges Have Contributed To Decreasing HIV Rate, Say D.C. Officials

D.C. officials say that far fewer people are contracting HIV from using dirty needles, and they credit needle-exchange programs for the decreases.

D.C. Wants Buildings To Be Able To Grow Taller

D.C. officials would like to see taller buildings throughout the city, and are asking Congress to make changes to a 100-year-old law to allow that to happen.

More Hours, Or No Hours? D.C. Libraries Could Close During Government Shutdown

What do neighborhood libraries in D.C. have to do with federal spending levels? Not much, except that if the federal government shuts down next week, so too will libraries serving the city's 632,000 residents.

Montgomery County Groups Speak Out In Favor Of 80-Mile Bus Rapid Transit System

A coalition of groups is pitching an 80-mile bus system as a means to help mitigate traffic in Montgomery County, but opponents worry that the proposed system would displace residents from their homes.

Comcast Kicks Off Third Year Of Program Aimed At Narrowing Digital Divide

A leading provider of broadband service is expanding a program to help narrow the region’s digital divide.

Two D.C. Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Awards

A charter school and a Catholic school in D.C. were among the 286 schools across the country recognized by the federal government for academic improvement and achievement.

Va. Lieutenant Governor Candidates Square Off On God, Guns And Gays

Social issues were among the points of contention between E.W. Jackson and Ralph Northam, candidates for Virginia lieutenant governor, during a debate yesterday.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

D.C. Lawmakers Consider Defying Congress, Operating During Shutdown

In the past, when the federal government shut down, so did the District. Lawmakers are now considering a bill which would keep the city running in direct opposition to federal law.

Doug Gansler Formally Announces Candidacy For Maryland Governor

Maryland's attorney general Doug Gansler has officially thrown his hat in the ring in a crowded field for the governor's office.

New Cases Of HIV In D.C. Cut In Half Over Four Years

D.C. officials are celebrating what they say is a significant and consistent decline in the number of new HIV cases in the city.