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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

D.C. United's Longtime Executive Steps Down

Just a few weeks after D.C. United was eliminated from the Eastern Conference Finals, long-time team executive Kevin Payne announced he would be leaving the club.

Norton Holds Discussion On Synthetic Marijuana In D.C.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will host a meeting with District residents and her Commission on Men and Boys tonight to talk about synthetic marijuana use. 

Georgetown, Trinity To Enter Recruiting Partnership With Charter Schools

Georgetown and Trinity Washington unversities in D.C. are the latest instutions of higher learning to sign on to a recruiting partnership with the Knowledge Is Power Program, a national charter school network.

Virginia Governor Considers Adjusting Gas Tax For Inflation

Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging Virginia legislators to make transportation construction funding a top priority in the upcoming legislative session. 

National Zoo Unveils New 'Conservation Carousel'

The National Zoo is unveiling a new solar-powered attraction with a carousel that highlights the figures of endangered species.

Four More Charged As Adults In Woodley Park Attack

Four more teenagers have been charged as adults in an attack on 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin last week. Griffin was killed in an attack at Woodley Park Metro station. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Virginia Sheriffs Oppose Release Of Regulations For Pregnant Inmates

Virginia is moving forward with guidelines intended to limit the use of restraints on pregnant inmates, but the Virginia Sherrifs Association is opposing a move to make records of the use of those restraints public.

Planners Tackle Traffic Congestion To Fort Meade

The commutes for the more than 56,000 Fort Meade workers promises to keep Maryland highways clogged for years to come, unless transportation planners can find ways to change peoples' commutes

Christmas Trees Arrive At White House, Capitol

The official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrived in the District on Monday, joining the official White House Christmas tree, as well as the 19-foot tree that will grace the Blue Room in the White House.

Federal Relief En Route For Maryland Counties Hit By Sandy

More than 75 percent of Maryland counties offered disaster declarations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, opening the channels for federal aid.

Prince George's Democrats Campaign For Del. Tiffany Alston's Replacement

Prince George's County Democrats are calling on Maryland's governor to approve the appointment of Greg Hall as county delegate to Maryland's General Assembly, replacing Tiffany Alston, who was convicted of theft in June.

VRE Sells Out 'Santa Train' Tickets

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More than 3,600 tickets for the VRE's "Santa Train," where kids meet Santa and Mrs. Claus while riding a train, sold out in four minutes Monday.

Virginia Explores Ways To Promote Small Business Growth

The Small Business Commission is exploring the idea that if Virginia focuses on awarding contracts to firms with fewer than 16 employees, it can result in more job growth for the commonwealth.

Analysis: D.C. Area Lawmakers Crucial To Fiscal Cliff Discussion

Lawmakers are heading back to Capitol Hill this week for four intense weeks of negotiations to avoid a wide swatch of pending across-the-board budget cuts and tax increases. CQ's David Hawkings looks at local lawmakers' roles.

Children Injured In Bus Crash In Northwest D.C.

At least three were injured in Northwest D.C. when a charter bus carrying school children was in an accident with several other vehicles in Northwest D.C. Monday morning.