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Sunday, February 10, 2013

MoCo Council To Vote On Smoking Ban Expansion

Montgomery County's smoking ban may soon be expanded to more public spaces.

Chuck Brown's Go-Go Legacy Plans Move Forward

The District's plans to honor the Godfather of Go-Go's legacy are moving forward.

Walmart Neighbors Want Store To Keep Carts Out Of Creek

Neighbors in Fairfax County are calling on Walmart to help clean up Little Hunting Creek.

Kendel Ehrlich To Attend Forum For County Executive Candidates

A former Maryland first lady is expected to appear at a forum for candidates seeking to replace former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold.

Disagreement On Deadline For Federal Budget Cuts Continues

Lawmakers in the region disagree about what Congress should do to deal with the March 1 deadline that triggers about a trillion dollars in federal budget cuts.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

O'Malley's New Plan Aims To Spur Job Growth

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed a new initiative to help train people for jobs that are in high demand.

Disaster Relief Teams Help Snowy Northeast

Local disaster relief teams are galvanizing their efforts in the Northeast.

Cardin Doesn't Expect Sequestration Deal By March 1

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin gave federal workers a bit of advice in dealing with the potential sequestration.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Maryland Fishermen Say New Regulations Would Cripple Industry

New federal regulations intended to protect the vulnerable dusky shark would essentially put an end to commercial shark fishing, according to local fishermen.

Red, Orange Lines To See Weekend Delays

Metro's track work plans this weekend are lighter than usual, with modest delays caused by single tracking on the Red and Orange Lines.

Tens Of Thousands Of Pepco Customers Without Power

A downed tree has knocked out power for nearly 50,000 Pepco customers on Friday afternoon, leaving the utility scrambling to restore service.

Cuccinelli's New Book Targets Obama Administration, Social Programs

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book coming out next week has some harsh words for the Obama administration, and may ruffle some feathers on the other side of the aisle.

Analysis: Effort For Virginia's Restricting Weakens, Gray Mentions Affordable Housing In District Address

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the highlights of Mayor Vincent Gray's District Address.

Maryland Fracking Opponents Want 18-Month Moratorium

Openings of fracking in Maryland are calling for an 180-month moratorium on the natural gas drilling method until economic and environmental impact analyses can be completed. 

Parts Of Virginia Makes List Of Endangered Regions

The Southern Environmental Law Center is out with its list of top 10 endangered places in this region, and three parts of Virginia are on the list.