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Saturday, December 15, 2012

National Zoo Welcomes Andean Bear Cubs

There are two new additions at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and they're among the only ones of their kind.

DDOT Working On Solutions For More Parking Spots

As the District's residential population increases, transportation officials are working to solve limited parking issues.

Salvation Army Aims To Provide Gifts For Children

The Salvation Army is trying to make sure local children in need have a present on Christmas morning.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ten-Year Horse Racing Agreement Announced In Maryland

A 10-year horse racing agreement was announced by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday, which should help stabilize the industry that employs tens of thousands in the state.

At Vigil For Newtown, Conn. Victims, Calls For Gun Control

More than 100 people gathered in front of the White House in the wake of the tragic deaths of 20 children and 6 adults at a school in Newtown, Conn., with some holding signs calling for the President to take action on gun control.

Judge Sentences Prince George's Officer In UMD Beating

A judge has sentenced a former Prince George's County police officer to 30 days of home detention for beating a University of Maryland student.

Analysis: Government Workers And Contractors Prepare For Possible Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the spending cuts that could go into effect if lawmakers don't come to an agreement.

Yellow Line Closed North Of Pentagon This Weekend

Weekend track work will snare travelers on the Metro once more this weekend, as work on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac will stop all Yellow Line trains north of Pentagon.

Braddock Road Closed After Pedestrian Killed In Crash

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while crossing Braddock Road in Alexandria this morning.

Fiscal Cliff Could Change Maryland's Growing Revenue

Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot says the state's budget outlook is improving, but that could change quickly.

Congress Fails To Fill Positions In Ethics Office

Government watchdog groups fear that members of Congress are trying to subtly phase out an office that investigates possible ethics violations by members of Congress. 

U.S. Attorney Closes Investigation Into Brown Brothers

Federal officials have closed an investigation into former D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown after his brother, Che Brown, pleaded guilty to bank fraud Thursday. Both brothers may have to pay civil penalties on unrelated campaign finance violation charges.

Probes Into Lottery Contract, CFO's Office Continue

Questions remain over the award of a contract for the D.C. lottery and one D.C. Council member plans to ask the U.S. Attorney's office to look into the matter. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Man Arrested In Vanessa Pham Murder

Police have finally made an arrest for the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was found dead by the side of the road in Falls Church, Va. in 2010.

D.C. Council Member Calls For $25 Money Order Contribution Limit

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh is calling for emergency legislation that would restrict money order campaign contributions in time for the special at-large election in the spring.