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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Virginia Couple Receives Voter Registration Form For Dead Dog

A couple from Bedford, Va. were shocked last week when a voter registration form addressed to their deceased dog, Mozart, was mailed to their house. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

No Special Session On Prince George's Casino This Year

A workgroup could not come to a consensus on the prospect of a casino in Prince George's County, which means an expected second special session in Maryland will not come to fruition.

D.C. Sees Decrease In New HIV Cases

The District saw a decrease in the number of new cases of HIV, which officials attribute to needle-exchange and condom distribution programs.

MWAA On Silver Line: Loudoun Must Stick To Deadline

The CEO of the MWAA rejected Loudoun County's request for an extension on the July 4 deadline to decide whether to opt out of Phase 2 of the Silver line.

Virginia Ruling Upholds Transparency For Voter Records

A voter advocacy group won a key Virginia court case which promises to have national implications for the transparency of state voting records.

UMD Students Break Record Flying Man-Powered Helicopter

Aerospace students at the University of Maryland broke the unofficial world record Wednesday for flight in a man-powered helicopter, staying airborne for more than 30 seconds.

Staying Cool At Montgomery County Police Adventure Camp

Montgomery County is reaching out to the area's youngest citizens this week with their Police Adventure Camp, and fun abounds, heat wave or not.

What's In A Name? Ask The Zoo's Howler Monkey

The Smithsonian National Zoo is seeking public input in picking one of four names for their baby male howler monkey, born in March.

Judge Upholds Negligence Verdict Against Virginia Tech

In the case of two families of victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy, a judge has upeld a verdict of negligence for the Commonwealth of Virginia for negligence, but significantly reduced the damages.

Virginia Increases Tuitions Four Percent For 2012

Tuitions will increase across the board for public universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but the rate of increase is less than in years past.

Virginia Set To Change Transportation Funding System For Counties

Virginia transportation that used to be doled out to localities via the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission could now be awarded directly to those jurisdictions, circumventing the 40-year-old body. 

Heat Wave Sweeps Into D.C., Prompting Health Advisories

The Washington region is heating up rapidly today as a heat wave crosses the mid-Atlantic. Health officials are urging people to take precautions such as staying hydrated, limiting time in the sun and remaining indoors if possible. 

Blue Lobster Caught Off Ocean City Gets Home At National Aquarium

A rare blue lobster turned up off the coast of Ocean City, Md. earlier this month, and the fisherman who caught it is turning it over to the National Aquarium to be put on display. 

New Deportation Policy Has Implications For DREAM Act Fight

A change in federal deportation policy for young undocumented immigrants presents an interesting quandary for those fighting for — and against — Maryland's 'DREAM Act.'

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