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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rock Creek Park Woman Confirmed Dead

Police say the woman who was found unconscious in Rock Creek Park Saturday morning is dead.

Arson Fires Reach 64 on Virginia's Eastern Shore

Accomack County police are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on a series of arson fires in the area.

Maryland Reversing Stance On Medical Marijuana

Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Sec. Joshua Sharfstein is expressing support for a measure to allow medical marijuana in the state.

Friday, March 8, 2013

D.C. Officials Investigating Ambulance Response Times

The D.C. police officer who was hurt in hit-and-run Tuesday has prompted city leaders to question the efficiency of the District's emergency services.

Maryland's Eastern Shore Drying Out After Winter Nor'easter

This week's storm drenched the Eastern Shore with heavy rains and winds that reminded some residents of Superstorm Sandy.

Group Says Cardinal Wuerl Poor Choice For New Pope

There's talk that Cardinal Donald Wuerl is in the running for next Pope, but one group is saying his lack of action around child sex abuse makes him unfit for the job.

Metro Closes Early For Daylight Savings Saturday, Sort Of

The last Metro trains will be heading out an hour earlier than normal Saturday night. Or at least it will seem that way until Daylight Savings kicks in at 2 a.m.

Washington Monument Restoration Underway

The monument's $10 million restoration project to repair the damages sustained from the 2011 earthquake have started.

Loehmann's 'Grab the Gown' Attracts Long Lines

Several dozen bargain shoppers camped outside Loehmann's in Friendship Heights to snag a discount on brand name wedding dresses.

Analysis: 'Snowquester' Shuts Down Government, Hearing On Redskins' Name Resumes

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about whether the government made the right decision to shut down for the so-called "snowquester."

Two Civil War Sailors To Be Buried In Arlington

A ceremony will be held Friday at Arlington National Cemetery to honor two sailors who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

Analysis: Maryland Maneuvering To Secure FBI Headquarters

Securing the new FBI headquarters has become the white whale for lawmakers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and as David Hawings of CQ Daily Roll Call says, the angling to secure the project is underway.

Hearings On Virginia's Abortion Clinic Regulation Continues

Virginia's abortion clinic regulations could force most of the state's 20 existing clinics to close.

Virginia Farming Exports Break Records

While the sequester threatens to hit Virginia's economy especially hard, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday that the commonwealth hit a record in agricultural exports.

Bruce Allen: 'Redskins' Team Name Not Offensive

A Native American group is again challenging the rights of the Washington Redskins to use their team name, arguing that it is racist and disparaging.