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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fairfax School Board Votes To Relax Certain Punishments

Following allegations that the disciplinary system for students is too rigid and harsh, the Fairfax County school board has voted to relax mandatory penalties for certain offenses.

A Look At Democratic Candidates For Virginia Attorney General

The Democratic nod for governor this year may already be in the books, but a primary in just two days will decide the party's candidate for attorney general this year.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

In Wake Of Indictment, D.C. Activists Renew Call For Campaign Finance Reforms

Good government activists say that this week's indictment of a former D.C. Council member proves that more work is needed on reforming the city's campaign finance laws.

Frager's To Pop Up At Eastern Market This Weekend

Frager's may be a burned-out shell of its former self, but the beloved institution is rising from the ashes this weekend at Eastern Market.

Portion Of National Mall Becomes Mass Grave This Weekend

Handmade reproductions of human bones will litter a large section of the National Mall this weekend as part of a protest against genocide.

Friday, June 7, 2013

State Regulators To Decide On Pepco Rate Hikes

The Maryland Public Service Commission is slated to make a decision soon on rate hikes being requested by utility company Pepco, which have been opposed by leaders in Montgomery County.

Baltimore Fire Chief James Clack To Step Down In July

After serving as Fire Chief for the city of Baltimore since 2008, James S. Clack will be stepping down next month to spend time with his family.

Lawmakers Weigh Responses On IRS Spending Scandal

Lavish spending by the IRS has prompted apologies and calls to scale back the agency, but some local lawmakers say that would be counterproductive.

Tropical Storm Andrea Soaks Region, Flash Flood Warning In Effect

The region  has already gotten between one and two inches, and we can expect between three and six inches before Tropical Storm Andrea moves on.

Metro Track Work To Affect All Five Lines This Weekend

Metro will be slow-going along the Red Line this weekend, with trains running infrequently between Shady Grove and Glenmont.

Maryland Lawmakers Grill Officials On Baltimore Detention Center Scandal

Legislators peppered state officials with questions over allegations of drug smuggling and sexual relationships between guards and inmates at a Baltimore prison.

Arlington Non-Profit Bike Stores Lets Kids Shift Gears—And Lives

Phoenix Bikes in Arlington lets troubled teens learn how to fix bikes, and in the process fix their own lives.

Former D.C. Legislator Charged With Taking $55,000 From Businessmen

Michael Brown is being charged with bribary for having taken money from federal agents posing as D.C. businessmen looking for access to city contracts.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Virginia Supreme Court Takes Up Alexandria Waterfront Plan

The question of a protest petition about the Alexandria waterfront plan is before the Virginia Supreme Court this week.