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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Maryland's Eastern Shore Receives Federal Help 10 Months After Sandy

Nearly a year after Sandy ravaged the small Eastern Shore community of Crisfield, Md., residents are finally getting some extra help.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Supreme Court Denies Bid For Delay On Virginia Sodomy Law

The Supreme Court has rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's bid to get a stay a decision that would strike down the Commonwealth's controversial sodomy law.

More Delays On Metro This Weekend

Continued work on improvements around the Metro system this weekend means that riders are likely looking at waits twice as long as normal.

Young Dancers 'Stepping Out' At Summer Camp

Dozens of teenagers in D.C. are taking part in the Washington Performing Arts Society's Summer Step camp by learning a dance that evolved during the 1950s.

Connolly Proposes Bill To Ensure Same-Sex Couples Get Federal Benefits

Northern Virginia Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly is pushing legislation to allow same-sex federal couples to get the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.

Norton Wants Congress To Reinstate Federal Tax Credits For D.C.

The city's non-voting delegate to Congress says that residents and businesses would benefit from a number of federal tax credits that have expired.

Va. Candidates Face Tricky Question: Do They Support Bi-County Parkway?

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will likely have to flesh out what their position on the controversial Bi-County Parkway is at a candidate forum today.

Maryland's Gamble On Casinos Pays Off For Treasury

The state's casinos brought in $830 million in fiscal year 2013, a 27.5 percent increase from the year before.

After Rash Of Suicides, D.C. Makes Changes At Jail

Four people have killed themselves at the D.C. Jail this year, and city officials are implementing new measures to prevent any further suicides.

Pharmacy Chain Limits Sale Of Nail Polish Remover Over Meth Concerns

Removing that nail polish may have gotten a little more complicated, as CVS is now limiting how much nail polish remover it will sell over concerns that it can be used to manufacture meth.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mayor: Spread Message Of D.C. Voting Rights During March Commemoration

Thousands will take to D.C. later this month to commemorate the March on Washington 50 years ago, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says its a good time to call for D.C. voting rights.

Norton Now Top Democrat On Transit Subcommittee

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is now the top Democrat on the Congressional subcommittee that oversees the nation's transit systems, including Metro.

Is D.C. A Mecca For Child-Free Living Or Are Kids Just Too Expensive?

As a city known for its dedicated career professionals and high educational attainment, D.C. was recently ranked the third-best city in the country for childfree living.

Zillow Values White House At Nearly $320 Million

According to the real estate website Zillow.com, the White House would list for $319 million, if it were on the market.

Effort To Streamline Search And Seizure Process In Virginia Revisited

Virginia legislators have revisited the language of a bill aimed at prosecuting sex offenders, attempting to streamline the process for searching computers.