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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Delaney Calls For Grand Bargain Deal To Address Budget Crisis

New lawmakers in the region are calling for a grand bargain to deal with the nation's budget problems.

Cellular Companies Add More Towers For Inauguration

Extra cellphone towers are being installed on the National Mall to handle the heavy use expected from smartphones during the presidential inauguration.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ocean City Merchant Pleads Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Items

An Ocean City boardwalk merchant has pleaded guilty to selling countless counterfeit items along the resort's famous wooden walkway.

Four Dead In Aurora, Colo. Shooting

Four people are dead, including the suspected shooter, after an hours-long police standoff inside of a Colorado home early Saturday morning.

Pentagon Shooter Yonathan Melaku Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

The ex-Marine who fired shots at the Pentagon and Marine Corps museum in 2010 has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but prosecutors are still pushing for jail time.

Union Station Leaseholders Agree To Multimillion-Tax Settlement

Two groups that lease space in D.C.'s historic Union Station have agreed to a multimillion-dollar tax settlement with the federal government.

D.C. Veterans Will Be Honored With Flying Flag

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is celebrating the passage of a provision to honor D.C. service members.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Congress Approves $9B In Federal Flood Insurance For Sandy Victims

Congress officially passed $9 billion in federal flood insurance money, which will go towards victims of Superstorm Sandy, including the 800 afflicted families in Maryland.

Maryland Just Fourth State To Host Two NFL Playoff Games

On Sunday, Maryland will play playoff host to both the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens — just the fourth time a state has ever had the honor to host two NFL playoff games.

Analysis: Full Legislative Agendas In Maryland, Virginia, D.C.

Lawmakers around the region are gearing up for the launch of legislative sessions, and a number of hot topics are likely to be up for debate, says Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney.

Red And Orange Lines See Weekend Track Work

The holidays are behind us, and that means a return to the much-maligned weekend delays on the Metro. For the first weekend of the new year, the Red and Orange Lines will take a hit.

Sen. Michael Crapo Pleads Guilty To DWI

Despite his Mormon faith and publicly saying he doesn't drink, Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo has pleaded guilty to a DWI.

Analysis: 113th Congress Begins With New Lawmakers And Old Challenges

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the freshmen on Capitol Hill, and the challenges some lawmakers will face.

Justin Wolfe Will Remain In Jail Until Hearing

Justin Wolfe, a defendant who had been scheduled to go free this week after a judge ruled that he did not receive a fair trial, will remain behind bars until a hearing at the end of the month. 

D.C. Firefighters Call Out Sick On New Year's Eve

About 100 D.C. firefighters took a sick day on New Year's Eve, leaving nearly a dozen ambulances sidelined on a busy night.