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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Where Should Fairfax County Widen Route 1?

Residents and officials in Fairfax County are debating about where to expand Route One — two proposed locations both come with their own set of drawbacks.

Maryland Lawmakers Confident They Will Avoid 'Doomsday Budget'

With the threat of $512 million in cuts looming at the end of the month, Maryland lawmakers have expressed confidence they will be able to hack out a budget deal in a special session a couple weeks from now.

Last Call Extension In D.C. Falls Off The Wagon

Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed plan to extend last call in D.C. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends has been cut off by a D.C. Council panel, citing safety and travel concerns.

Capitals Try To Keep Rolling At Home

The Washington Capitals return home for game three of their second-round playoff contest against the New York Rangers — as they try to earn just their second home win this post-season.

Dozens Displaced By Chevy Chase Arson

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man who has confessed to sparking a blaze that consumed more than 30 apartments in Montgomery County, displacing more than 100 residents in the process.

Fighting The Odds: Inside D.C.'s Dropout Crisis

Fewer than 60 percent of children in the nation's capital graduate from high school on time. In a special one-hour documentary, WAMU 88.5 News follows one of the lowest-performing schools in the District as it struggles to improve, through the eyes of students, teachers, school administrators, and parents.

Woodbridge Principal Placed On Leave After Investigation

 A principal at a Woodbridge elementary school has been placed on administrative leave after an internal school investigation has led to police involvement.

Primary For Alexandria City Council Heating Up

A Democratic primary race for the Alexandria City Council is a crowded field, with 14 candidates pursuing candidacy for six seats. 

Montgomery County Businesses Decry Energy Tax Extension

Businesses and other constituents in Montgomery County are asking the county council to nix a plan to extend an energy tax hike indefinitely.

D.C. Council Votes Down Surplus Spending Plan

The D.C. Council devolved into deadlock this week over how to spend a portion of the city's unexpected surplus.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Harry Thomas Jr. Sentenced To 38 Months In Prison

After pleading guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in public funding to pay for lavish trips and a luxury SUV, former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has been sentenced to 38 months in prison.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day Activists Rally Around D.C. Area

Workers and labor groups rallied in D.C. and Alexandria today as part of the May Day protests taking place across the globe, which organizers hope will give the Occupy cause new momentum.

Montgomery County Holding Hearing On Energy Tax

Business leaders in Montgomery County are objecting to the continued imposition of an energy tax that was pushed through originally as a temporary measure to close a budget gap during the worst of the recession. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night.

GOP Freshmen Renege On Earmark Ban

After campaigning on a platform that included a self-imposed ban on earmarks, freshman Republicans from the D.C. area are backtracking in order to assuage local businesses and manufacturers.

Secret Service Expands Ethics Training At JHU

Members of the Secret Service were scheduled for ethics training at Johns Hopkins University, but in the wake of the recent scandals, the program has been expanded to include more than 100 agents.

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