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Monday, September 9, 2013

Applications For Gun Licenses Jump In Maryland

Maryland officials have been flooded with 88,000 requests for gun licenses, an increase attributed to a new gun control law going into effect on Oct. 1.

Redskins Game Expected To Cause Major Traffic

The Redskins season opener against the Eagles Monday night at FedEx could result in major traffic delays due to the timing of the game.

Redskins Face Eagles At FedEx Field Monday Night

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will play in his first game since he suffered a knee injury last season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at FedEx Field.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Showdown Looms In Case Over Virginia Gas Royalties

Lawsuits accusing two energy companies of cheating Virginia landowners out of royalty payments for natural gas is being reviewed.

D.C. Residents Forced Into Foreclosure Over Unpaid Tax Bills

A Washington Post investigation found that hundreds of D.C. homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure over unpaid tax liens.

Norton Optimistic On Future Of D.C. Budget Autonomy

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says this year's spending bills could inch the District a little closer to budget autonomy.

D.C. Police Searching For Missing 8-Month-Old Boy

D.C. Police are searching for a baby boy that has been missing since last week. He may be with Jessica Walls, a 21-year-old black woman with a light complexion.

Kennedy Center To Feature Multimedia Profile On George Washington

A new production focusing on the life of the first president of the United States is being unveiled next month.

Virginia Laws Help Lower Human Trafficking

One of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking has rated Virginia on its progress.

Fairfax County To Stop Throwing Out Library Books

Library curators in Fairfax County say they'll stop throwing out thousands of outdated books.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Virginia 'Butt Slasher' Receives Seven-Year Prison Sentence

A former day laborer has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sneaking up on multiple women at Fairfax County shopping centers and cutting their backsides with a knife.

Maryland Phases In New Fertilizer Regulations

Maryland's new fertilizer regulations are designed to use new research to reduce the amount of phosphorus that gets into waterways.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bethesda-Based Military School Ends Using Live Animals For Surgical Training

The use of live animals for military medical training has just ended at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda.

Purple Line May Force Businesses And Homes To Relocate

Dozens of homes and businesses that may be condemned to make way for the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties say the state should find another route for the light-rail system.

Last Hitler Bodyguard Rochus Misch Dies

A former bodyguard of Adolf Hitler who witnessed the Nazi dictator's final hours has died in Germany aged 96.