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Friday, November 23, 2012

Annual ZooLights Display Begins This Weekend

The National Zoo will be lit up by more than 500,000 lights for the holiday season, as the ZooLights display begins this weekend.

Virginia's Winter Crabbing Season Extended Two Weeks

Crab fisherman in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay are being allowed two extra weeks of fishing time this year to compensate for the heavy disruption to the season caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Sinking Homes In Baltimore Prompt Investigation

Several homes in Baltimore reported sinking several inches this week, putting out families as officials fear it made lead to houses collapsing.

Local Officials Welcome Black Friday Bump

Officials in Montgomery County aren't opposed to the economic bump offered by Black Friday sales, but they say attention still needs to be paid to area homelessness.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving At Fillmore: Silver Spring Venue Gives Back

The Fillmore in Silver Spring spent part of its day giving back to the community by offering a free Thanksgiving — not to mention some live entertainment — for the community's needy residents. 

Native Americans Still Pay Tribute To Va. Governor In Centuries-Old Tradition

The tradition of Native American tribes offering a tribute to the governor of Virginia continues on, despite fewer and fewer tribe members participating. 

Perry Hall Students To Paint Love Mural In Wake Of Shooting

Students who witnessed a shooting in the school cafeteria on the first day of school in Baltimore County this year are installing a "love mural" to help the school community heal. 

Metro Employees Rack Up $250,000 In Traffic Fines Over Three Years

Metrobus drivers and other Metro employees incurred roughly $250,000 in traffic related fines since 2010.

Prince George's Police Officers Suspended After Racial Video

Two Prince George's County police officers will continue to be suspended without pay after a video was released showing them portraying racially stereotypical scenarios.

Dulles Ranks Highest For Healthy Food Among D.C. Airports

Dulles International Airport is beating the D.C. regions other airports when it comes to healthy food options, according to a new report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

D.C. Road Closures On Thanksgiving For Trot For Hunger

Several roads in downtown D.C. are closed this morning to make way for the Trot for Hunger 5K race.

Former D.C. Council Member Used Position To Void Traffic Tickets

A former D.C. Council member reportedly used his position to get a number of traffic tickets waived earlier this year, according to a report from D.C.'s inspector general.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Montgomery Co. Steps Up Police Patrols At Malls For Holidays

Shoppers are more likely to be the victims of muggers during the holiday season. To counter this, Montgomery County will have extra police at shopping districts and have offered tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Seawall Project Approved To Protect Tangier Island

A seawall will be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion and storm surges in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

TSA Urges Travelers To Check Prohibited Item List Before Packing

Can you bring a pie with you a plane? What about a snowglobe. The TSA is trying to get the word out to travelers as to what they can or can't bring through airport security.

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