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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jeffrey Thompson Reimbursed Employees For Political Contributions

A statement released by the accounting firm formerly known as Thompson Cobb Bazillio and Associates says Jeffrey Thompson directed employees to make donations to candidates and later reimbursed them.

Lawmakers Exercise Caution As Edward Snowden Details Come Out

In the wake of the recent NSA leaks, some lawmakers are calling for harsh punishment for the man at the center of the controversy, while others are cautioning patience.

Senate Continues Immigration Reform Debate

Lawmakers in the region are closely watching some amendments they say threaten to undermine the immigration reform bill.

Montgomery County Arts Groups Turn To Crowdfunding

A new crowdfunding site called power2give.org has two features that may make it a more attractive option than Kickstarter.

Arlington Board To Consider Turning Dairy Farm Into Learning Center

The Arlington County Board will soon consider a proposal to transform an old dairy farm into a learning center for children.

Commentary: Higher Interest Rates On Student Loans Could Have Long-Term Implications

Student loans interest rates will double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent in July, if Congress doesn't intervene. Commentator John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, talks about the long-term effects this will have on our country.

Virginia Tests Medicaid-Medicare Program

The Commonwealth is combining some of its Medicaid and Medicare programs to help ease the cost for service-intensive patients.

Maryland Board Restores License Of Abortion Clinic

The license of the director for a group of abortion clinics in the state has been restored this week.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lawmakers Go On 'Food Stamp' Diet To Protest Cuts

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is protesting proposed cuts to food stamps by going on an unusual diet.

Coastal Drilling In Virginia Sees Growing Support

There's increasing congressional support behind a plan to open up the waters off Virginia's coast to oil and gas drilling.

Metro Work Closes Three Red Line Stations

This weekend's scheduled track work will close three Red Line stations until Sunday evening: Brookland, Takoma and Silver Spring.

Ocean City Boardwalk Musician Fights Noise Ordinance

A federal judge will decide the case concerning a boardwalk musician, noise and first amendment rights in Ocean City.

D.C. Residents Celebrate Flag Day With Tattoos

Hundreds of people sported D.C. flag tattoos — some real, some fake — on the third annual D.C. Flag Day to show their support for voting rights in the District.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Machen Hints That D.C. Should Review Laws To Prevent Corruption

The U.S. Attorney for D.C. said on Friday that D.C.'s laws may need to be updated to better fight the type of corruption his office has prosecuted.

Storm Cleanup Brings Out Scammers

Montgomery County's consumer protection officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for unlicensed contractors.