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Friday, July 27, 2012

Try, Try Again: O'Malley Schedules Special Session On Gambling

Gov. Martin O'Malley wants Maryland lawmakers to take yet another stab at expanding gambling in the state with a special session Aug. 9.

Analysis: Congress Hopes To Avoid Budget Battle, O'Malley's PAC

Congressional lawmakers are trying to get out in front of the next possible government shutdown with a bipartisan funding bill that could last until after the presidential election.

New Chief For Smithsonian Natural History Museum

A paleontologist from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been tapped to take over curation of the Smithsonian natural history museum in Washington. 

FCC Funds Will Help Expand High-Speed Internet In Virginia

Virginia will get $2 million from the federal government to help extend high-speed internet access to some rural areas of the state.

Everyone Can Train Like An Olympian At Local Gyms

Some area sports clubs are hoping to cash in on the excitement of the Olympic games by incorporating Olympic exercises into their classes.

National Digital Library Effort Gets $1M

A national arts funding organization is hoping to jump start an effort to digitize a national library with a $1 million grant.

Door To Door: Forest Hills, D.C. And Cheverly, Md.

This week, we visit Cheverly, Md. and Forest Hills in Northwest D.C.

Bookend: Novelist H.G. Carrillo On His Love Of D.C.

In our monthly series on D.C.'s literary scene, novelist H.G. Carrillo talks about why he loves to live and work in the nation's capital.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Notifications For Pentagon Layoffs Could Come Nov. 2

With automatic cuts to the defense budget still looming, a Pentagon official says employees, many of whom live in swing state Virginia, could find out just four days before the general election.

Wells Questions D.C. Speed Camera Fines

Is D.C.'s speed camera program about safety or is it about revenue? Council member Tommy Wells wants to commission a task force to answer that question, with the goal of reducing fines.

Voters Likely To Decide Fate Of Maryland Redistricting

Maryland redistricting is likely to make it onto the ballot in November, as the redrawn Congressional districts have drawn criticism for being overly informed by partisanship.

New Latina Transgender Organization Already Subject To Death Threats

Casa Ruby, a haven for D.C.'s Latina transgender community, is already the object of death threats, despite opening just a few months ago.

O'Malley Sets Up Political Action Committee

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has thrown down the gauntlet and started a PAC, a move expected to precede a campaign for the Democratic nod for president in 2016.

Part 1: 'It's Complicated': The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

The D.C. area's many ties to the federal government make the local debate about federal spending particularly complicated — but residents in the region are willing to have that deeper discussion. 

Virginia Democrats Break Ranks On Tax Cuts

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has crossed party lines to say he opposes President Obama's plan to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000, stirring the pot in the commonwealth.

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