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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maryland Comptroller: Online Shopping 'Unpatriotic'

Peter Franchot, Maryland state comptroller, called on state residents to support local businesses instead of giving in to the temptation of online shopping, which skirts state sales taxes.

Analysis: Bolling's Exit Sets Up 'Clash Of The Titans'

National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson breaks down the predicted Virginia governors' race after the announcement from Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling that he will not seek the GOP nomination for the seat.

Thieves Steal Computers From Northwest D.C. Elementary School

Police have released a video showing five individuals stealing computers from Brightwood Elementary School in the District. They're asking for help identifying the suspects.

Bus Driver, Attendant Fired After Leaving 4-Year-Old On Bus

Two employees have been fired after leaving a 4-year-old special-needs child from D.C. on the bus they were operating for nearly 6 hours. 

Cases Of TB, Other Rare Diseases Rise In Montgomery County

Montgomery County is seeing a disturbing rise in cases of tuberculosis, among other rare diseases, and health officials say prevention is difficult in these cases because they often originate in the county's large immigrant population. 

Mayor Restricts U-turns To Increase Bike Safety On Penn. Ave.

D.C. mayor Vincent Gray clarified the law about U-turns on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, after an outcry from cyclists citing the danger of the practice to those biking in the center median bike lanes. 

Bolling Will Not Seek GOP Bid For Virginia Governor

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has decided not to seek the Republican Party's nomination for governor of the state in 2013, but he left the door open to run as an independent candidate.

WikiLeaks: Manning Seeks Dismissal In Pretrial Hearing

Pre-trial testimony continues today in the WikiLeaks case of Bradley Manning, the Army private charged with giving classified information to the website. Manning is seeking dismissal of all charges on the grounds that he was mistreated in military prison before his trial.

AIDS Activists Stage Naked Demonstration In Boehner's Office

Several naked protesters staged a demonstration in House Speaker John Boehner's personal office yesterday, urging the lawmaker to work to avoid potential budget cuts to support programs for those with HIV and AIDS.

Ward 8 Raises Questions On DCPS Closures

Residents in Ward 8 were the first to officially voice their concerns about a plan to close 20 DCPS schools next year during a public meeting last night. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Analysis: Sen. Warner Proposes Decoupling Social Security From Deficit Reduction

Plans to tackle deficit reduction in the lame duck session continue, and a proposal by Sen. Mark Warner that would isolate Social Security from other entitlement reform is gaining some traction.

Fairfax Residents Want Developers To Pay Impact Fees

Developers in Fairfax County can often often avoid paying for transportation improvements their stores necessitate, so some residents are calling on the county to implement a transportation impact fee.

Smoking Ban Headlines Packed Montgomery Co. Council Agenda

The first two months of 2013 will likely be a busy period for the Montgomery County council, as a slate of bills were introduced on Tuesday, including a proposed smoking ban on county-owned property.

Maryland Speed Cameras Underperform, Audit Finds

Maryland drivers might be happy to hear that more than half of tickets issued by traffic cameras at work zones across the state were thrown out, according to an audit. Officials say those numbers are on the way down.

Bradley Manning To Testify At Pretrial Hearing In Wikileaks Case

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to testify in a pretrial hearing in Fort Meade, Md., this week about his treatment in a Marine Corps. brig after he was arrested for his role in the leak of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.