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Saturday, December 22, 2012

D.C. Neighborhood Wins Education Grant

A neighborhood in northeast D.C. has won a $25 million grant to support educational initiative.

Virginia Lawmakers Team Up To Volunteer For Holidays

A few lawmakers put aside their political differences to volunteer together for the holidays.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Defense Dept. To Issue Background Checks On Employees With Children

All Defense employees who have contact with children must undergo a background check by Jan. 21.

Maryland Bill Cracks Down On Drunk Drivers With Kids In Cars

One Maryland lawmaker is trying to step up efforts to prevent people from driving drunk with children in the car.

'Hazardous Device' Found In College Park

Authorities in Maryland have neutralized what's being called a "hazardous device" in College Park.

NRA Addresses Newtown Shooting

The National Rifle Association addressed the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre while anti-gun advocates protested outside.

Analysis: Lawmakers Head Into Holidays With No Fiscal Cliff Deal

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations and Sen. Barbara Mikulski making history.

Obama Restricts Number Of Inaugural Balls

Due to tough economic times, President Obama is restricting the inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years.

D.C. Population Grows To More Than Half A Million

The District is one of the most popular places to live right now, according to the latest Census figures.

Redskins' RGIII Expected In Game Against Eagles

Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence 'Epidemic' At National Cathedral

Reverends, rabbis, imams, pastors and other religious leaders gather today to urge lawmakers to address gun violence; the National Cathedral's funeral bell rung 28 times to commemorate the victims at Sandy Hook.

Defense Dept. Says Workers Will Not Face Fiscal Cliff-Related Layoffs

Defense Sec. Leon Panetta says the Pentagon's day-to-day operations would not be drastically affected if fiscal cliff negotiations are not settled.

Maryland Highway Officials Urge Caution On Snowy Roads

Maryland highway officials are urging caution for holiday drivers traveling west, as they are likely to encounter treacherous road conditions due to a blizzard moving in from the midwest Friday into Saturday.

ICC Speed Limit Could Be Safely Raised, Study Finds

The Maryland Transportation Authority could safely raise the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector from 55 mph to 60 mph, according to a recent engineering study.

Alexandria Street To Be Equal Opportunity For Cars, Bikes And Pedestrians

Some Alexandria residents are skeptical about a plan to remove curbs and sidewalks from Union Street along the waterfront in order to allow a shared street for bicyclists, pedestrians and cars.