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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fairfax Sees Second Rabid Beaver Attack In A Week

A group of children in Fairfax County was attacked Wednesday morning by a rabid beaver, the second time in a week that humans have had run-ins with sick and aggressive rodents.

Circuit Court To Appoint New Alexandria City Council Member

The Alexandria City Council needs a new member after Rob Krupicka left to fill his new position in the Virginia House of Delegates. Interested parties are encouraged to apply.

Analysis: Ads For Virginia Senate Race Seek To Cut Through Political Clutter

The advertising blitz in the D.C. area is underway for the November elections, and the content of the ads say a lot about the candidates' strategies.

Maryland Delegate Pushes To Suspend Fracking, Pending Study

With the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing as yet unproven, one Maryland state delegate wants to ban the process until further study can be done.

Analysis: Few Congressional Obstacles To Stop-Gap Budget Measure

After five weeks of recess, Congress is finally back in session, and The Hill's Alex Bolton likes the odds that Congress will succeed at passing a stop-gap budget measure to prevent shutdown in October.

Prince George's Central High Mourns Loss Of Marckel Ross

Students and others in the Central High School are mourning the loss of Marckel Ross, a popular junior at the school who was shot on his way to school Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

MCPS Considers Baseline Concussion Testing For Athletes

As the body of evidence demonstrating the long-term effects of concussions grows, Montgomery County is considering a baseline testing program for its students athletes suspected of concussions.

Montgomery County Bans Road Sealants With Harsh Chemicals

Road sealants containing potentially hazardous chemicals are now banned in Montgomery County after the county council passed a bill prohibiting the substances. 

Five Sentenced In 2010 Southeast Shootings

A judge has sentenced five D.C. men to lengthy prison sentences for a series of shootings over a stolen bracelet in 2010 that killed four and injured eight others. 

Lawsuit Argues MWAA Can't Tax Dulles Toll Road Commuters

A group of people suing the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority over its authority to increase tolls to pay for the Dulles Rail Project will make its case again in court next month after being shut down by a lower court in July. 

U.S. Ambassador To Libya Killed In Attack On Consulate

Attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya have killed the nascent U.S. ambassador to that country and three other Americans. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

D.C. Council Member Michael Brown Addresses Missing Campaign Funds

D.C. Council member Michael Brown explained reports that a member of his campaign had embezzled his campaign funds. That former campaign member is now firing back.

Young Virginia Voters Could Tip Balance Between Kaine And Allen

The race between Tim Kaine and George Allen for Virginia's vacant Senate seat has been at a dead heat almost since it began, and experts are saying the race may hinge on independent groups like young voters.

Virginia Loses Some Funding For Chesapeake Restoration

The federal government is withholding $1.2 million in funding slated for the Chesapeake Bay restoration in Virginia, citing the commonwealth's unwillingness to address runoff.

Virginia Conservation Efforts Face Calls For Reform

Despite the success of conservation efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, some critics say the process needs to be adapted to funnel money to the most high-priority projects.

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