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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Proposal To Close D.C. Schools Sees Muted Response On D.C. Council

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has received a subdued response from the D.C. Council for her proposal to close 20 schools — a far cry from the fiery response Michelle Rhee saw for a similar plan in 2008.

What Time Does Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Etc. Close On Thanksgiving?

Forget something essential for the Thanksgiving meal? Most grocery stores in the D.C. region are open Thursday, at least for a few hours. Check out a full list.

Analysis: Prepping For Leadership Transitions In Federal Agencies

Charles Clark of Government Executive talks about the preparations that go on inside an agency when its head is expected to step down for a president's second term.

Man Making Threats On Greyhound Bus Closes I-95 HOV Lanes

A man making threats on a Greyhound Bus traveling from Richmond to New York City this morning caused the evacuation of that bus and the closure of the I-95 HOV lanes for approximately three hours. 

D.C. Council Digs Into Mayor's Campaign Finance Reform Bill

D.C. Council members aren't yet on board with Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign finance reform proposal; at least one member who attended a work session on the law yesterday called the rules 'confusing.' 

CDC Looks At Second-Hand Smoke At Dulles, Other Airports

Dulles International Airport could be exposing its passengers to health risks due to its designated smoking areas, according to a new report from the CDC.

GWU Student, Recently Elected To ANC, Comes Out

A 19-year-old GWU student may have just become the youngest openly gay elected official in the U.S., but he risks being kicked out of the Boy Scout troop he's served with for most of his life when he claims that title.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Analysis: Race For Virginia Governor Shifts As Warner Sticks To Senate

Sen. Mark Warner announced Tuesday that he would be finishing the job he signed up for in the Senate, which The Hill's Alex Bolton says changes the dynamics of the race for Virginia governor in 2013.

Potomac River Crossings The Object Of VDOT Study

The Virginia Department of Transportation is pursuing a study looking at how traffic patterns crossing the Potomac. There are already critics of the study, who say focus should remain on improving existing infrastructure.

RideOn Ads Urge Pedestrian Safety For Holidays

With sunlight dwindling and pedestrian traffic around shopping centers rising for the holidays, Montgomery County is placing ads to encourage people to be more careful crossing streets.

Virginia Democrats Call For Special Session On Insurance Exchange

Virginia Democrats are trying to push back against Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to use the federal health insurance exchange, calling for a special session of the state legislature before the deadline.

Sen. Mark Warner Passes On Second Run For Governor

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner will not run as a Democratic candidate for governor in 2013, saying in a statement Tuesday that he wants to stay in Congress.

Police Hit Roads For Holiday To Combat Drunk Driving

Holiday revelers are encouraged to find designated drivers for Thanksgiving, as police in all the local jurisdictions will be upping patrols and implementing sobriety checkpoints.

Maryland Gov. Delays Trip To Israel, Citing Violence

With violence in Gaza claiming the lives of more than 100 people, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has delayed a planned economic development trip to Israel.

Virginia Higher Ed Council Requests $109M Budget Increase

Virginia's higher education council is calling for the state to add an additional $109 million to the higher education budget for next year, citing the need to offset rising tuition with financial aid and a 2 percent salary increase for professors.