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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Offshore Wind Bill Advances In Maryland Senate

After three years of stops and starts, the Maryland Senate has advanced an ambitious energy bill that would help construct offshore wind turbines off Eastern Shore.

Emergency Response Time For Injured D.C. Police Officer 'Unacceptable'

The unions representing police and firefighters in the District are expressing outrage after a police officer struck by a car had to wait more than 20 minutes for an ambulance.

Old Town Businesses Bemoan Losses From Snowquester

The snow accumulation yesterday may have been unspectacular for those inside the Beltway, but for owners of small business, the effects were no less noticeable.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bicyclists In D.C. To Lobby For Safety

Cyclists ask lawmakers for wider bike lanes and better accident statistics. 

Redskins Taken To Court For Their Name

A group of Native Americans are attempting to take the name of the Redskins away from the team.   

Despite Snowquester, Waterfront-Based Nonprofit Keeps Working

A Virginia nonprofit organization based out of a Potomac River boathouse continued working to help troubled teens Wednesday despite anticipation of a winter storm.

White House Cancels Tours Due To Budget Cuts

Sequester cuts have reportedly claimed their latest victim, as tours of the White House have been pushed aside due to staff reductions.

Reps. Edwards, Rahall Question LaHood's Support Of MWAA Leadership

Two prominent area members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have publicly called into question Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's continued support of embattled MWAA leaders.

Alexandria Planning Commission Approves Waterfront Rezoning

By a unanimous vote, Alexandria city leaders approved a measure that will allow for the development of high-density properties along the waterfront.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Live Blog: Winter Storm Warning Downgraded For The Region, Advisory In Effect Until 9 p.m.

Get the latest snow updates on our liveblog, alongside weather radar, traffic, photos, travel alerts and tweets from around the D.C. region.

Maryland Senate Passes Death Penalty Repeal

A bill abolishing capital punishment in Maryland has passed the state Senate Wednesday by a vote of 27-20, after surviving heated debate and attempts to amend the legislation.

'Snowquester' Bears Down As Winter Watch Upgraded West Of D.C.

A winter storm is bearing down on the D.C. region, which forecasts say will drop more snow than the D.C. region has seen all winter combined.

O'Malley Unveils Gas Tax Plan Resembling Virginia's

Maryland's governor revealed his transportation funding plan on Monday, which would include a 4 percent sales tax on the wholesale price of gasoline.

Vote Expected Tonight On Alexandria Waterfront Plan

The Alexandria Planning Commission is expected to pass a zoning change tonight that would open the way for the development of a 120-room hotel on the city's waterfront.

Students Rally In D.C. Against More Police In Schools

The tragic shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary has some on Capitol Hill thinking about putting more armed police in schools, but a group of young people rallied against the idea this week, saying to keep guns out of schools.