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Friday, February 22, 2013

Virginia Senate Passes Two-Year Moratorium On Drones

Virginia lawmakers considered a bill to regulate drones, but decided on an alternate version of the measure instead.

UMUC Overpaid Contractor, According To State Audit

An audit of the University of Maryland University College found an oversight in the marketing department led to more than $3.3 million in potential overpayments.

Virginia House Passes 'Straw Purchase' Bill For Tighter Gun Laws

Obtaining a firearm in Virginia may soon get a little tougher.

Roanoke Women Charged With DUI For Backseat Driving

Backseat drivers are normally obnoxious enough, but one woman from Roanoke, Va., took it to a new level, drawing a DUI charge after causing an accident from the back seat.

Maryland Delegate Introduces Measure To Legalize Marijuana

Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) introduced a measure in the state House that would both legalize marijuana, as well as regulate and tax potential sales.

Jim Graham Fights Back Against Reprimand From D.C. Council

Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham stands accused of violating the city council's code of conduct for a 2008 contracting deal — an accusation that Graham dismisses as a mischaracterization.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 22

This weekend you can reflect on the concept of community with two contemporary dance performances and meditative music.

Foreign Governments Seek Square Footage, Symbolism In D.C. Embassies

The District's 180 foreign missions are more than just brick and mortar. They're high-profile landmarks sandwiched among the private homes and small businesses of D.C. neighborhoods.

Bookend: Manil Suri On Living In Md., Writing About India

Acclaimed novelist Manil Suri was born in India, but he honed his writing on his native country here in Washington.

What Is More D.C. Than An Indie Band Singing About Jumbo Slice?

Rebecca Sheir introduces us to the native Washingtonians behind Ugly Purple Sweater: An eclectic, up-and-coming local band whose brand-new album features songs about life in Washington.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wheaton Residents Take Costco Gas Station Fight To State House

Some Wheaton residents want to take the fight over a mega-gas station at Costco to Maryland state lawmakers, after disappointment with a measure that passed the county council last year.

Climate Change Issue Reemerges In Congress

Climate change is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill, but some lawmakers are doubtful of a solution.

Advocates Push For More Environmental Funds

Environmental groups are urging Congress to avoid dipping into funds reserved for preservation efforts.

Md. To Vote On Death Penalty, Gun Control

Key votes on bills to repeal the death penalty and toughen gun control in Maryland are expected Thursday night.

Virginia Voters Support ID Requirement

Despite continued opposition by Democratic leaders, laws requiring voters to present valid identification continue to enjoy widespread support in Virginia, according to a poll.