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Friday, January 11, 2013

Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Death Row Inmate's Conviction

The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Mark E. Lawlor, a death row inmate convicted of sexual assault and murder in Fairfax County in 2008.

Mayor Unveils New Plans For D.C.'s Chuck Brown Park

Go-go music legend Chuck Brown will be memorialized with a park in D.C. and officials hope to install a bandshell in the park to continue Brown's tradition of live music.

D.C. Officials Still Pushing 'Taxation' License Plate For Obama's Limo

D.C. officials head to the White House today to make yet another pitch for President Obama to add the "taxation without representation" license plates to his presidential limousine.

Region's Heavy Hitters Join Fight For FBI Headquarters

Maryland, Virginia and the District all have some big guns in the fight to get — or keep — FBI headquarters in their jurisdictions as the agency searches for a new office.

Singer-Songwriter Martin Sexton Charts His Own Musical Path

World-renowned singer/songwriter Martin Sexton has turned away from major record labels and is relying on his passionate fan base to take his music career into the future.

Building The Next Big Thing With Chicken Feathers?

For 20 years, a researcher at the USDA's lab in Beltsville, Md. has been working to find a better use for a surprising product: chicken feathers.

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.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Metro Extends H6 Bus Line To Costco

The new Costco in Northeast D.C. has been quite popular, so now Metro has extended the H6 bus line to get more people to the big box store.

Commentary: On Climate Change, States Must Take The Lead

After the District's warmest year on record, Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action says that state governments can't wait for the federal government to take action.

National Mood Likely Reflected In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

The victory of Virginia Republican Bob McDonnell in 2009 presaged a victorious midterm election for his party, and some say the outcome of this year's gubernatorial race may be similarly prescient.

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Sexually Abusing Child

A veteran MPD officer has been arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of a young girl who attended his church.

Virginia Makes Its Case To House New FBI Headquarters

Virginia lawmakers showed up in force on Thursday to make their pitch to federal officials for a new FBI headquarters in Northern Virginia.

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.

Inauguration 2013 Guide

Whether you're heading down to the presidential inauguration on the National Mall or desperately trying to avoid the crowds in town for the festivities, we've got the basics on what you need to know as the President is sworn in for his second term.