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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Pentagon Letter Highlights Impact Of Federal Cuts

The Pentagon has sent Gov. Martin O'Malley a letter discussing how the sequester would affect the Defense Department.

DCPS To Recruit Students From Closed Schools

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson has a goal of retaining 80 percent of students from the 15 schools closing down.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hundreds Rally For Maryland Gun Control Bill

As the measure moves closer to reality, supporters and opponents of Gov. Martin O'Malley's Firearm Safety Act came out to rally in Annapolis on Friday.

Lewisdale Teen Killed In Possible Gang-Related Shooting

Meyder Bladimir Yuman, 18, is the latest Prince George's County teen killed in gun violence, shot just blocks from his home in Lewisdale.

BWI To Take Hit From Sequester Cuts

Federal budget cuts may take a toll on the number of flights and personnel at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

Analysis: Political Fallout From Virginia Transportation Plan

Virginia's transportation funding compromise has effects both for Virginia's current governor and his possible successors. Bob McCartney of The Washington Post discusses that and other local stories.

Analysis: Lawmakers Deal With Sequester And New Congressional Deadline

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on the federal budget cuts scheduled to go into effect Friday.

Blue Angels May Be Grounded For Ocean City Air Show

High performance planes scheduled to perform in June at the Ocean City Air Show may be grounded due to reductions in non-essential military flying stemming from sequestration.

Reagan National Station Closed This Weekend, Amidst Metro Delays

Maintenance work continues across the Metro system this weekend, as WMATA has announced station closings and single tracking along stretches of the Blue, Yellow and Orange Lines.

'Choose Respect Montgomery' Focuses On Teens And Domestic Violence

An event in Montgomery County is educating the public on teen dating violence, and will feature live music, snacks and workshops.

Gun Control Bill Heads To Maryland House

Maryland gun control advocates are expected to rally in Annapolis to show their support of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislation.

D.C. Lawmakers Explore Options To Curb Truancy In DCPS

D.C. lawmakers, led by Council member David Catania are exploring ways to stop students from skipping school, but the solutions have so far proven elusive.

After Traffic Stop Shooting, Alexandria Police Officer Remains In Critical Condition

Officer Peter Laboy, a 17-year veteran of the Alexandria Police force, remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Community Battles Back Against VDOT Construction In Their Backyard

Residents in the Overlook neighborhood in Alexandria have said for months that a new highway ramp near their homes poses a health hazard, and their arguments are starting to gain traction with city leaders.

Lawmakers No Closer To Compromise As Sequester Cuts Kick In

The countdown until automatic across-the-board spending cuts hits zero today, but even with potentially dire effects for the local economy, there is no talk of a deal.

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