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Monday, March 4, 2013

Cyber Security Remains Top Goal For D.C. Governments

D.C. officials received internal recommendation last year to provide cyber-security training for city employees, but a year later that goal has not been met.

Analysis: Lawmakers Focus On March 27 Spending Bill Deadline

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what strategies are being taken to come to an agreement on the sequester cuts.

Winter Storm Watch In Effect For Tuesday Night, Wednesday

This winter has been largely snow-free so far with less than one and a half inches accumulating in the District, but that could change as a storm rolls in on Tuesday night.

Efforts Underway To Restore American Chestnut Tree In Maryland

University of Maryland researchers are working to repopulate the tree known as the redwood of the east back to the western part of the state.

Man Fatally Shoots Himself At Waldorf Range

A 61-year-old Maryland man accidentally shot and killed himself at the St. Charles Sportsman's Club shooting range this weekend.

When Is Peak Season For Cherry Blossoms This Year?

Spring still seems a ways away with a snow storm bearing down on the D.C. area, but as the Park Service has announced, cherry blossom season isn't far off.

Pilot Program Puts D.C. Student Bus Passes In Giant Stores

Students in the District can purchase discounted rides to and from school at Giant food stores near the homes in a new joint venture between DCPS, DDOT and Giant Food.

D.C. Council Implored To Tackle Campaign Finance Reform

District Attorney General Irv Nathan is calling for changes to to election laws after years of scandal in the Wilson Building have yet to yield substantive reforms.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 4

The outside world is brought indoors at two gallery exhibitions. You can check out a collection of paintings focusing on the Eastern Shore and a series on graffiti that highlights the important role of names in the art form.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Local Lawmakers Scramble To Manage, Minimize Federal Cuts

Now that sequestration has gone into effect, local lawmakers are working to protect their personal budget priorities.

Obenshain's Concealed Handgun And Voter ID Bills May Become Hot Topics

Two laws sponsored by Virginia Sen. Mark Obenshain will likely received extra attention in the near future, as the senator's run for attorney general heats up.

Children's Calorie Consumption Down, But Obesity Rises

Lack of physical activity among children is the likely reason for a puzzling new trend discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Virginia's Transportation Funding Overhaul Could Face Roadblocks

The former chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party says the state's transportation funding bill is unconstitutional, and expects the new law to be challenged in court.

Massachusetts Company Awarded Jack's Boathouse Site

The National Park Service has selected a Massachusetts-based company to replace the historic boathouse serving kayakers along the Potomac River in Georgetown.

Smithsonian Creates Database Of Digitize Content

The public will soon have access to a variety of museum content that includes American history, science, world cultures and art.