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Friday, January 18, 2013

O'Malley's Gun Control Plan: Licensing, Assault Weapons Ban

A sweeping proposal to enhance gun control measures was introduced by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday, including a ban on military-style assault weapons and stringent licensing requirements for gun buyers.

The 2013 Presidential Inauguration, By The Numbers

An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 people attended President Obama's second inaugural Monday, Jan. 21, a much smaller crowd than the 1.8 million that attended in 2009. Here are some other fascinating numbers related to the 2013 inauguration.

Analysis: D.C. Preps For Inauguration Day, O'Malley Takes On Death Penalty

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about how D.C. planning officials are preparing for the expected crowds on Inauguration Day.

Virginia Delegate Brings AK-47 To State House Floor

A Virginia state lawmaker chose to make his point about gun control in an unconventional way Thursday: by brandishing an AK-47 during his speech on the state House floor.

Analysis: Bill Proposes Federal Pay Freeze As Inauguration Looms

The District is a flurry of preparations for the presidential inauguration, federal workers throughout the D.C. region are also watching the negotiations over federal compensation — and continuation of a pay freeze — closely.

National Guard To Help On Inauguration Day

The police force will be growing by thousands very soon, but just temporarily.

Metro To Replace A Quarter Of System's Escalators By 2020

Metro will replace a quarter of its escalators during the remainder of this decade in a move Metro's general manager calls "reconstructive surgery" on one of the system's most problematic elements.

Opening Statements Expected Today In Leopold Trial

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold waived his right to a jury trial in his misconduct case.

D.C. Mayor Would Consider Putting Armed Guards In Schools

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is open to the idea of putting armed guards in all of D.C.'s public schools, although he wouldn't support arming teachers.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 18

A fashion and performance art event features burquas, bikinis, and six scandalous ways to wear a sari and a piano battle. 

Door To Door: Tenleytown And LeDroit Park, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Tenleytown and LeDroit Park in Northwest D.C.

Virginia Man Creates Elaborate System To Reduce Food Waste

Joel Thevoz is a local caterer who's created a vegetable patch/fish farm/compost system that doesn't create any waste.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Virginia Bill Seeks To Confiscate Guns

Members of the General Assembly are about to consider an effort to tie mental health reform to gun control.

Amtrak High Speed Rail Project Includes Northeast

Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are teaming up to develop a fleet of high-speed trains that will service the east and west coasts. 

Maryland Lawmakers Mull Alternative Transportation Funding Sources

The Maryland General Assembly will grapple with how to fund upcoming mass transit projects during this year's session.