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Friday, February 8, 2013

As Bay's Health Improves, Fishermen Wait For Easing Of Harvest Limits

Chesapeake Bay experts saw improvement in the bay's health last year. Many fishermen that work the bay saw that same improvement firsthand, leading them to question some of the restrictive fishing limits set by state officials.

Republicans Push To Cut Federal Workforce

In order to avoid steep budget cuts from hitting the government next month, Republicans lawmakers want to cut the size of the federal workforce.

CM Graham Violated Code Of Conduct, Ethics Board Finds

An ethics panel in D.C. has found evidence that Council member Jim Graham violated the code of conduct applying to public officials, but it will not pursue the case because it has no authority to punish him. 

D.C. Area Sees Mostly Rain, While Blizzard Targets Northeast

As a storm gears up to dump feet of snow on a large swath of the Northeast and New England, the only effects felt so far in the D.C. area, outside of some rain, are delays for those travelling to affected areas.

D.C. Barber Spruces Up Clients, Strives To Help Community

As a barber, John Campbell doesn't just help community members transform their images; he's transformed his own.

Meet The Man Behind The 'Nutrition Facts' Label

In 1992, graphic designer Burkey Belser was asked to jazz up a new label that would go on every packaged food item in the United States.

Remaking The Image Of A Washingtonian Who Made Over The City

When it comes to Washington native son Alexander Robey Shepherd, you could say the controversial figure was associated with not one makeover, but two.

Door To Door: Spring Valley, D.C., And Maplewood, Md.

This week, we visit Spring Valley in Northwest D.C., and Maplewood in Bethesda, Md.

D.C.'s Biggest Concert Venue, Surrounding Neighborhood Get Makeovers

As Ward 5's industrial zone moves toward a transformation, Echostage, the city's largest concert venue, is undergoing its own renovation.

Fate Of Rare Northern Virginia Dairy Barn In Question

Residents in the Pimmit Hills area of Fairfax County say their neighborhood is home to one of the last dairy barns inside the Beltway. And now they're pushing for that barn to be preserved.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Transportation Priorities Trump Funding, McDonnell Critics Say

While the diminishing prospects for a compromise on transportation funding in Virginia has captured headlines, smart growth advocates say funding alternatives to highways should be the real priority.

Maryland Senators Spike The Football On Ravens Super Bowl Win

Maryland senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski cashed in their Super Bowl bet on Thursday, sampling California fare courtesy of Sens. Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Manassas Woman Arrested For Purchasing 31 Handguns

A woman in Northern Virginia caught the attention of federal authorities after she purchased 31 handguns in less than a month, with the intention of reselling them.

Emissions Cap To Be Lowered For RGGI States

The regional initative that caps and trades carbon dioxide emissions for nine states, including Maryland, has announced a plan to lower the pool of

Gay Rights Off The Table At National Prayer Breakfast

Gay rights was not on the agenda Thursday morning, when President Barack Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, hosted by a group that strongly opposes same-sex marriage.