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Friday, January 11, 2013

Inauguration Store Opens Blocks From White House

Forget the vendors on street corners, the Presidential Inauguration Committee has opened a temporary brick and mortar store for Inauguration swag just blocks from the White House.

FBI Launches Site To Help Catch Bank Robbers

Bank robbers are the subject of a new website released by the FBI, replete with surveillance photos and an interactive map.

Blue, Red And Green Lines Snarled By Weekend Track Work

Buses will replace a stretch of the Blue Line this weekend, and single tracking will slow down riders on the Green and Red Lines.

Military Bands Polish Their Acts Before Inauguration Day

Thousands of service members will take part in the Inauguration Day parade on Jan. 21, and in Andrews Air Force Base, they are putting the final touches on their performances.

Analysis: Waiting On President's Budget, Date For SOTU

David Hawkings of CQ Roll Call talks about the delay of the President's 2014 budget, the coming inauguration and whether Congress will reach across the aisle at the State of the Union.

Maryland Fire Deaths Down 22 Percent In 2012

Maryland saw a significant drop in fire-related deaths in 2012, in part due to the requirement that the state only sell safer cigarettes that extinguishmore quickly when left unattended, officials say.

Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Death Row Inmate's Conviction

The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Mark E. Lawlor, a death row inmate convicted of sexual assault and murder in Fairfax County in 2008.

Mayor Unveils New Plans For D.C.'s Chuck Brown Park

Go-go music legend Chuck Brown will be memorialized with a park in D.C. and officials hope to install a bandshell in the park to continue Brown's tradition of live music.

D.C. Officials Still Pushing 'Taxation' License Plate For Obama's Limo

D.C. officials head to the White House today to make yet another pitch for President Obama to add the "taxation without representation" license plates to his presidential limousine.

Region's Heavy Hitters Join Fight For FBI Headquarters

Maryland, Virginia and the District all have some big guns in the fight to get — or keep — FBI headquarters in their jurisdictions as the agency searches for a new office.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Metro Extends H6 Bus Line To Costco

The new Costco in Northeast D.C. has been quite popular, so now Metro has extended the H6 bus line to get more people to the big box store.

Commentary: On Climate Change, States Must Take The Lead

After the District's warmest year on record, Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action says that state governments can't wait for the federal government to take action.

National Mood Likely Reflected In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

The victory of Virginia Republican Bob McDonnell in 2009 presaged a victorious midterm election for his party, and some say the outcome of this year's gubernatorial race may be similarly prescient.

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Sexually Abusing Child

A veteran MPD officer has been arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of a young girl who attended his church.

Virginia Makes Its Case To House New FBI Headquarters

Virginia lawmakers showed up in force on Thursday to make their pitch to federal officials for a new FBI headquarters in Northern Virginia.