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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fairfax County Looks To Streamline Voting Process

The long lines to vote in Fairfax County Tuesday evening have some officials looking to speed up the process.

GWU Overstates Top Percentile Of Incoming Students

George Washington University reveals it's been overstating the percentage of incoming freshmen that graduated in the top 10 percent.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Navy Refocuses On Preventing Sexual Assaults After Two Sailors Arrested In Japan

The Navy has said they are renewing efforts to prevent sexual assaults in their ranks, after two sailors were arrested in Japan on rape charges.

In Wake Of Sandy, Virginia Man Preps For 'Doomsday'

One former Loudoun County sheriff's deputy is preparing his whole family and others for doomsday, whatever its form.

Length Of Commute Linked To Education, Income Levels

The length of one's commute in the D.C. area is directly tied to one's income and educational level, according to a Brookings Institute study, underscoring the need for better transportation planning.

Analysis: Looking Ahead After Decisive Election Days in Virginia, Maryland, D.C.

Election Day results are broken down by Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney, who observes the purple state trend in Virginia, Gov. O'Malley's rising star in Maryland, and a renewed commitment to ethics on the D.C. Council.

Suspected Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise In Virginia

Health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in Virginia has risen to 50.

Maryland Biologists Save Turtles From Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy affected much of Assateague Island's land and some wildlife, but a nest of loggerhead turtle hatchlings were saved from the storm.

Weekend Track Work Extends To Veterans Day

Track work will snag the Green, Orange and Red lines through Veteran's Day on Monday, when those still heading to work will have to cope with a Saturday schedule.

Analysis: New Members Prepare For Capital Hill, Local Lawmakers Eye House Leadership

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talk about which local lawmakers are top candidates for Nancy Pelosi's seat, and how the new House members adjust to life on Capitol Hill.

Bus Driver Convicted For Killing Dozens In 2011 Crash

The driver of a Sky Express Bus that crashed along Interstate 95 in Virginia, killing four people and injuring dozens more, is convicted.

D.C. United Pulls Out Big Win, Advances To Conference Finals

D.C. United had a big win over the New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer eastern conference semi-final last night. The team will now advance to the finals against the Houston Dynamo.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Chairwoman Steps Up Industry Studies

Federal officials say they support stepping up efforts to study earthquake risks at nuclear facilities.

Heading Into Holidays, Nonprofits Focus On Hunger

As the holiday season ramps up, so do D.C. area groups who work to fight hunger thoughout the region. Nonprofits are seeing a significant increase in visitors seeking meals, according to the Capital Area Food Bank. 

D.C. School System Shows Increased Graduation Rate

D.C. Public Schools' graduation rate is on the rise, as the latest numbers show a rate 3 percentage points higher than the previous year.

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