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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kaine, Allen At Odds On How To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

What to do about looming across-the-board budget cuts and a swath of tax cuts set to expire in January has been the main hot topic on the campaign trail for Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Go Fish: Numbers Of Young Striped Bass Plummet In Bay

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Striped bass, better known in the Chesapeake Bay area as rockfish, have had a bad year, as scientists say the lower-than-normal levels of rainfall have hurt their population levels.

Feds Phase Out Prince William's Illegal Immigration Program

Prince William County officials are upset that a controversial policy allowing local police to investigate the immigration status of people they arrest will not be continued, as ICE withdraws funding.

New I-495 HOT Lanes Opening Later This Fall

The high-tech command center that will dynamically change rates on Virginia's new High Occupancy Toll lanes set to open by the end of the year was opened to reporters on Wednesday.

Area Church Group Accused Of Hiding Child Abuse

The Sovereign Grace Ministries is facing a lawsuit in Maryland court that claims it systematically covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children.

Maryland Comptroller Urges Voters To Reject Redistricting

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is crossing party lines to speak out against the redistricting plan up for referendum next month, saying it has embarrassed the state.

Metro Punts Again On Cell Phone Coverage Until 2015

Those frustrated with spotty cell phone service on the Metro may not get a reprieve until as late as 2015, as Metro's GM is asking Congress to extend their deadline by two years.

D.C. Council Considers Lowering Speed Camera Ticket Fines

The D.C. Council will consider lowering fines for speeding and red light infractions — just as they're also preparing to add more of those cameras to city streets.

Hearst Elementary Parents Want Answers On Renovation

Parents of students at DCPS's Hearst Elementary School in Tenleytown are pushing the District to make good on funding to renovate the school.

Coburn's 'Wastebook' Outlines Possible Budget Cuts

Sen. Tom Coburn, one of the "Gang of Eight" senators hoping to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, pointed out 18 programs full of unnecesary government spending in his annual "Wastebook." 

Boat Club Loses Fight Over Alley Access In Alexandria

The Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria has lost their court battle over use of a public alley near the city's waterfront. The city will now lease part of the alley to Virtue Feed & Grain, a restaurant that petitioned to use the space for outdoor seating.

Embattled MWAA Board Member Defends His Record

Dennis Martire, the criticized Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board member resigning today, talks about the accusations leveled against him and his fellow board members, the agency's missteps and the future of the Silver Line.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fairfax Board Approves $2.3B Tysons Corner Transportation Plan

Residents have balked at the $2.3 billion price tag for the Tysons Corner transit network expansion, but Fairfax lawmakers, who approved the plan Tuesday, insist that commercial properties will bear the brunt of the cost.

Gallaudet Diversity Officer Fires Back Over Petition Controversy

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After being put on administrative leave for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law on the ballot, Gallaudet's chief diversity officer is calling the school's response bullying and intolerant.

Alexandria Mayor Accuses Challenger Of Not Being 'Team Player'

At a candidates forum this week, Alexandria mayor Bill Euille and challenger Andrew Macdonald sparred over the latter being a "team player" and whether that was a necessary quality for the office.

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