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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

GOP Freshmen Renege On Earmark Ban

After campaigning on a platform that included a self-imposed ban on earmarks, freshman Republicans from the D.C. area are backtracking in order to assuage local businesses and manufacturers.

Secret Service Expands Ethics Training At JHU

Members of the Secret Service were scheduled for ethics training at Johns Hopkins University, but in the wake of the recent scandals, the program has been expanded to include more than 100 agents.

Designs Sought For Memorial To Metro Crash Victims

The D.C. Commission on the Arts is soliciting area artists for designs for a memorial in Northeast D.C. to the victims of the Red Line Metro crash in 2009 that killed nine and touched many more.

Ocean City Hires New Manager Over Ethics Objections

Ocean City hired a new city manager Tuesday, despite objections from citizens and members of the city council, who said the hiring process may have been tainted.

Nearly 300 Now Implicated In D.C. Unemployment Fraud Scheme

The scope of an investigation into recurring unemployment fraud perpetrated by D.C. government employees is getting bigger, with hundreds of current and former D.C. government workers now implicated.

After Therapeutic Horses Slashed, Nonprofit Looks For Answers

Three horses that were slashed by an unknown attacker in Virginia last week are recovering nicely, but the director of the nonprofit that owns them is still looking for answers.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Four Laws Taking On Cancer Signed In Virginia

Gov. McDonnell is signed a package of four laws that will aid research, treatment and education in Virginia's on-going fight against cancer.

Graham Voices Opposition To Last Call Extension In D.C.

D.C. Councilman Jim Graham voiced his opposition to an extension of D.C.'s 3 a.m. last call, amidst a larger discussion about budget issues in the District.

Maryland School Officials React To Report On 'Suspect Scores'

School leaders in Montgomery County were incensed by a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which implied that the Blue Ribbon award for increased reading scores at Highland Elementary was unearned.

Riverdale Park Residents Rebuff Development Plan

Residents of the Riverdale Park neighborhood of Prince George's County voiced their objections Monday to a planned high-density development, which would include, amongst other things, a Whole Foods market.

Black Virginians Continue To Lag Far Behind Whites

Black Virginians continue to feel the lingering effects of institutional inequalities that mar the history of the Commonwealth, according to a new report.

Re-Enactors To Commemorate Battle Of Williamsburg

Civil War re-enactors will converge on Williamsburg, Va. on Sunday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg, during which 4,000 men lost their lives.

NORAD Conducting Test Flights In D.C. Skies

NORAD is giving residents of the D.C. Metro area a heads-up that, through next Friday, radio controlled and small sporting aircraft will be taking to skies that are usually off limits.

Riverdale Divided Over Town Center Plans

Riverdale residents are split over plans to turn a 37-acre parcel of land into a bustling town center.

Cyber Bill Passes House, But Faces Veto Threat

A new cyber security bill was ushered in through the U.S. House, but the legislation faces a veto threat from the White House.

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