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Monday, December 17, 2012

School Districts Increase Police Presence After Newtown Shooting

School districts throughout the D.C. region are ramping up security and counseling services this week in light of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 28 people dead. 

NASA To Try Again For Rocket Launch From Wallops Island

A rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Island facility in Virginia may be visible to observers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 17

Take a trip over the rainbow with these colorful art events.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Virginia Looks To Cut Costs Through Government Collaboration

A Virginia watchdog agency is looking at potential collaborative opportunities that can help advance state policy goals.

Plans For Richmond Highway Leaves Horse Stable's Future Uncertain

A long-awaited widening of Richmond Highway is finally moving forward, but some of the details have yet to be worked out.

Presidential Inauguration Comes With Hefty Price Tag

While President Obama's second inauguration isn't expected to be quite as extravagant as the first, it will still be quite pricey.

National Cathedral Takes A Stand On Gun Control

In response to the mass shooting in Newtown, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral says the faith community must work together to push for stricter gun laws.

Wind Farm Developers More Mindful Of Whales

Groups developing offshore wind farms along the east coast are tweaking their building plans to protect whales.

Activists Pushing Obama For Stricter Gun Laws

Anti-gun activists are calling on President Obama to take the lead on getting new gun control measures passed.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dominion Working On Largest Fuel Cell Power Project

Richmond-based Dominion Power says it will develop the largest fuel cell power project in North America.

National Zoo Welcomes Andean Bear Cubs

There are two new additions at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and they're among the only ones of their kind.

DDOT Working On Solutions For More Parking Spots

As the District's residential population increases, transportation officials are working to solve limited parking issues.

Salvation Army Aims To Provide Gifts For Children

The Salvation Army is trying to make sure local children in need have a present on Christmas morning.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ten-Year Horse Racing Agreement Announced In Maryland

A 10-year horse racing agreement was announced by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday, which should help stabilize the industry that employs tens of thousands in the state.

At Vigil For Newtown, Conn. Victims, Calls For Gun Control

More than 100 people gathered in front of the White House in the wake of the tragic deaths of 20 children and 6 adults at a school in Newtown, Conn., with some holding signs calling for the President to take action on gun control.