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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Central Mission Making Christmas Happen For Needy Families

A mission in downtown D.C. is collecting toys for the less fortunate over the holidays, and they're hoping some last-minute donations can cover a shortfall for certain children.

Safety Board Calls For Dashboard Breathalyzers For Convicted Drunk Drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued recommendations for all states that would require convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices to test for the presence of alcohol.

Comptroller Franchot Opts Out Of Run For Maryland Governor

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot's name has been in consideration for a run for governor in 2014, but on Tuesday, he announced his intention to run for the office of comptroller.

Anita Bonds Elected To At-Large D.C. Council Seat

The head of the D.C. Democratic party was appointed to an open D.C. Council seat last night, and she balked at a question on whether her employment with a major city contractor is a conflict of interest.

Renters' Association Brings Concerns To Maryland Lawmakers

A group of tenants who rent their homes in Montgomery County are trying to bring renters' issues — including the all-important one of excessive rent increases — to lawmakers' attention.

WikiLeaks: Pretrial Hearing For Bradley Manning Ends

Closing arguments have wrapped up in the pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking U.S. secrets to Wikileaks. A judge will rule in February on whether his treatment in a Quantico brig justifies dismissal of charges.

Taxi Commission Chief Wants To 'Speed Up' Modernization Plans

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is gung-ho for taxi modernization, but there are still a number of hurdles to clear before the plan is fully implemented. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

MARC Tickets For Inauguration On Sale Next Week

MARC train service is limited on Inauguration Day next month, so those who plan to head into the city from Maryland should snap up tickets as soon as they're available.

Later Start Time For Montgomery County High Schools Gains Traction

More than 10,000 Montgomery County residents have signed a petition that would push back the 7:20 a.m. start time for high school students, which some say comes at the cost of teenagers' sleep.

Local Universities Join Groups Offering Online Courses And Graduate Degrees

Georgetown and American University are the latest local educational institutions to launch online courses and master's degree programs.

Conflict Arises Over Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act

A conflict of interest may affect the outcome of Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act.

D.C. Lottery Contract Subject Of Federal Investigation

A federal grand jury investigation is looking into the awarding of a $38 million contract to operate the D.C. Lottery in order to discover whether the process involved any crimes.

Analysis: Lawmakers Work On Violence Against Women Act And Fiscal Cliff

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the unfinished business lawmakers are scrambling to complete before the end of the year.

D.C. Unveils Citywide Cab Color Options

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has rolled out four options for a uniform color scheme for the city's taxis today at the Verizon Center. City residents will be able to vote on the color they prefer before a winner is selected.

Arlington May Get First All-Electric Taxi Company

Arlington County may become home to the first all-electric vehicle taxi fleet in the country, if the county board approves a company's proposal today.