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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Democrats Divided Over Obama's Plan To Generate Jobs

Democrats in the region are divided over President Obama's newly released proposal to spur job growth.

Bowser Leads D.C. Mayoral Money Race With $465,000 Haul

The Ward 4 D.C. Council member took in more than her two collegues also vying for the city's top elected office.

ACLU to File Challenge To Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban On Thursday

The ACLU lawsuit will argue that Virginia's voter-approved 2006 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be overturned.

Work Continues To Remove Green Paint From National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial

While the paint has largely been removed from Children's Chapel, officials at the National Cathedral say that addressing the paint in the Bethlehem Chapel is proving more difficult.

Unlike McDonnell, Cuccinelli Has No Plans To Return Gifts From Va. Donor

The Republican contender for Virginia's top office said that the $18,000 worth of gifts he received—including a dinner and trips on a private jet—cannot be returned.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning Defense Calls For Reduction In Sentence

In the first day of the sentencing phase for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, attorneys for the defense argued that many of the charges could be merged.

Why It May Be Another Month Before You Can Pay For A Cab With A Credit Card

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is offering an extension for cabbies who can't install credit card payment systems by the September 1 deadline.

Breathalyzer Use On The Rise For Virginia Drivers

The use of ignition interlock devices are on the rise as a new law requiring drunk drivers to sample blood alcohol content has taken effect over the last year.

McDonnell Says Daughter Returned $15,000 Wedding Gift

A wedding gift from Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams was returned by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's daughter, following a scandal in the commonwealth.

Proponents Of American Latino Museum Renew Their Case

A group calling for a Smithsonian museum to acknowledge the role that Hispanics have played in the history of the United States is reporting on their progress.

First Fundraising Reports Due In D.C. Mayoral Race

Come Wednesday night, D.C. mayoral contenders will have to report how much money they've taken in and how much they've spent.

Henderson: 'You Don't Flip A Switch And Success Happens'

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that gains in the city's school system prove that reform efforts are working—and need to be allowed to work.

Proposed D.C. Zoning Code Rewrite Could Shape Parking Patterns In Future

A six-year-long rewrite of D.C.'s 55-year-old zoning code includes a number of provisions that could change how and where residents and visitors can park.

Chevy Chase Lake Redevelopment Plan Given Final Approval

The County Council has voted to approve limited redevelopment of the community just within the Beltway, with more development to come after a Purple Line station is built.

Scientists Study Impact Of Sandy On Flora and Fauna In Tidal Marshes

A team of scientists is looking into the effects Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia.