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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Manning Judge Limits Scope Of 'Damage' Testimony

In the sentencing hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, Judge Denise Lind is restricting specific "evidence of harm" brought by the prosecution.

Anti-Sweatshop Group Files Lawsuit Against D.C. Police For Infiltrating Protests

A group that opposes sweatshops is suing the Metro Police Department after discovering an apparent undercover officer in the midst of their peaceful protests.

Beanball Leads To Twitter Battle Between Nationals And Braves

The Nationals and Braves mixed it up on-field and online yesterday. The Braves won the game, but the winner of the Twitter battle is up in the air.

Judge To Decide Whether Md. Delegate Does Jail Time For Drunken Boating

It'll be up to a judge to decide whether State Delegate Don Dwyer does jail time for a drunken boating incident in which seven people were injured.

Goats In The Graveyard: Congressional Cemetery To Get Capra Cleaning

One-hundred Capra hircus—that's goats to you—will be let loose on Congressional Cemetery today, where they will graze away weeds and plants that are killing local trees.

In Wake Of Trayvon Martin Case, Cardin Introduces Bill To Combat Racial Profiling

The bill by the Maryland senator would require federal officers to undergo training on racial profiling, provide grants to the Justice Department to combat profiling, and would require localities to provide more data to the Justice Department about their investigations.

D.C. United Stadium Deal May Hinge On Salvage Yard That Does Not Want To Move

A plan for a $300 million D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point relies on a series of complicated land swaps, but there's one hitch—not all landowners on the proposed stadium site were contacted about the plans.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

VDOT Faces Tough Sell For Bi-County Parkway (Again)

Virginia's Transportation Secretary was on the defensive today, at a meeting discussing the possible construction of a Bi-County Parkway connecting Prince William and Loudoun Counties.

Pentagon Works To Cut Furlough Days For Civilian Employees

The number of furlough days for civilian Pentagon employees is being trimmed almost in half — from 11 to 6.

Grand Jury To Hear Murder Charges Against Arlington Sheriff's Deputy

There was a hearing Tuesday for Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson, accused of murderng a 22-year-old man in an altercation in May.

Deal To Develop Old Post Office Pavilion Moves Forward

A $200 million deal to turn the Old Post Office Pavilion into a hotel operated by the Trump Organization is moving to Congress.

A Quarter Of D.C. Area Residents Speak Language Other Than English At Home

A new report reflects the diversity of the D.C. Metro region, where more than a quarter of local residents speak a language other than English in their homes.

Suspects Indicted In Dozens Of Eastern Shore Arson Cases

More than 70 buildings on Virginia's Eastern Shore destroyed by arson, and the two suspects being held have been formally charged.

Maximum Sentence For Bradley Manning Reduced To 90 Years

Several counts faced by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning have been merged together, reducing the maximum jailtime he faces for his role in the release of classified documents to Wikileaks.

In Early Poll, Gray Leads All Mayoral Contenders

A poll commissioned by one of his challengers finds D.C. Mayor Vince Gray leading the pack, though many voters remain undecided ahead of April 2014 mayoral primary.