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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sperm Donors' Parental Rights Preserved In Virginia Court Ruling

The Virginia Supreme Court has sided with a sperm donor in a controversial case where a father was denied parental rights after his ex-girlfriend cut of contact with his daughter, conceived through in-vitro fertilization.

Poll: Support For Background Checks At Gun Shows In Virginia

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An overhwhelming majority of Virginians surveyed in a Quinnipiac Poll last week support background checks on people purchasing guns at gun shows — something that is currently not required in the commonwealth.

McDonnell Urges Action On Transportation In State Of The Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gave the state's General Assembly an ultimatum in his State of the Commonwealth address last night, imploring them to pass a transportation funding plan by the end of this year's session. 

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Abortion Rights Again

A new bill in Virginia could affect the debate over abortion and contraception rights in the state.

Maryland General Assembly Begins 2013 Session

The Maryland General Assembly went into session yesterday, and Republicans are ready for an uphill battle on most issues. The state's GOP lawmakers probably won't defeat a death penalty repeal or wind power expansion, but the death penalty will likely be put to a referendum in 2014.  

Scalped Inauguration Tickets Pop Up On Craigslist, Ebay

Tickets for President Obama's inauguration are popping up on resale websites like Craigslist and Ebay for as much as $2,000 per ticket, but Congressional leaders are trying to disourage the scalping.

Metro's General Manager Releases 2014 Budget

Metro's general manager released his proposed 2014 budget today, but riders shouldn't expect to see funding for more eight-car trains during rush hour among his recommendations.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Constellation Theater Charges Into The Future With Zorro

Constellation Theater Company is bringing the pulp favorite Zorro to the stage this month, with a world-premiere show full of swashbuckling swagger.

Liberians Living In Washington Seek To Help Homeland

These days, the Washington area is home to one of the largest Liberian communities in the United States, and those residents are now looking to give back to their homeland.

Southwest D.C. Gears Up For More Redevelopment

There may be no part of D.C. that's seen more change over the past century than Southwest. And developers are in the midst of more work they hope will make the area a true waterfront destination.

Local Lawmakers Face Big Year of Environmental Decisions

It's going to be a big year for the environment — especially in Maryland, where state lawmakers will be debating the future of both wind power and fracking.

Preppers Prep For Disaster, Confront Stereotypes

You might have heard of the extremists on National Geographic's reality show "Doomsday Preppers," but not everyone concerned with planning for potential disaster lives in the mountains or is obsessed with living "off the grid."

Using 'Clair' Senses To Understand The Present, If Not The Future

Thanks to numerous movies and television shows, people often think being "clairvoyant" means you can predict the future. But a local psychic medium says that's not the whole story.

This Week On Metro Connection: Into The Future

From psychics to scientists to swashbuckling superheroes, this week we'll meet people charging "Into the Future."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Planners: Regional Job Growth Should Focus On 'Activity Centers'

As the D.C. region continues to expand by leaps and bounds, urban planners are pushing for a focus on areas that mix transportation with living spaces, office buildings and retail.