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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dulles Airport Turns 50 Years Old

Dulles International Airport is marking a major milestone — 50 years!

Ocean City Working To Improve Safety On Coastal Highway

Ocean City officials are working with Maryland's State Highway Administration to improve pedestrian safety along Coastal Highway.

Friday, November 16, 2012

MWAA Officials Grilled On Capitol Hill

Metropolitian Washington Airports Authority chairman Michael Curto and CEO Jack Potter were in Capitol Hill on Friday, as the House Oversight Committee questioned them over the results of an audit that unearthed improprieties.

Gaza Conflict Sparks Protests In Washington

Supporters of both Israel and Palestine gathered in Washington D.C. to call for an end to hostilities. Even so, they were divided police line, a symbol of the larger problems underpinning the conflict.

Maryland DREAM Act Supporters Reflect On Meaning Of Victory

maryland lt. gov. anthony brown

Supporters of the DREAM Act in Maryland are still basking in the glow of their electoral victory, and reflecting on what it means for the national conversation on immigration.

Single Tracking Abounds This Weekend

Metro riders will find single tracking adding minutes to travel times this weekend on every line but the Green Line.

D.C. Council Moves Forward On Child Sexual Abuse Bill

D.C. council members have given preliminary approval to legislation that would hold more adults liable for failing to report the sexual abuse of a child.

Long Election Day Lines The Target Of Federal Legislation

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly and Sen. Mark Warner are proposing federal legislation to address the prohibitively long lines that snarled the commonwealth and other states on Election Day.

New Arlington Homeless Shelter Up For Vote By County Board

The Arlington County Board will vote next week on whether to acquire an office building near the Courthouse Metro for use as a homeless shelter.

Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Rise In D.C. Region

More D.C. area residents are planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving than did last year, AAA Mid-Atlantic reports; but fewer people are expected to travel by air. 

D.C. Gang Members Indicted In Homeless Beatings

A group of D.C. gang members has been indicted on charges they targeted and beat homeless and other vulnerable people on multiple occasions. 

Van Hollen Will Push For ABLE Act In Lame-Duck Session

Even with a full plate of budget negotiations to come in this lame-duck session of Congress, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is hoping members can turn their attention to the ABLE Act, which provides support to people with disabilities.

Virginia Students Try Something New During Farm-To-School Week

Students from around Virginia celebrated Farm-to-School week, and ended up pleasantly surprised by what theyfound on their plates.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Former Bowie State Student Found Not Guilty Of Fatally Stabbing Roommate

Alexis Simpson, a 20-year-old former Bowie State student, was acquitted by a jury on all counts Thursday evening in the fatal stabbing of her roommate in September of 2011.

D.C. Businesses Barred From Running A/C With Open Doors

The D.C. Council passed a measure that would fine businesses from propping their doors open while running air-conditioning unit, as part of a measure to conserve energy.