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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stuffed Muskrat Stars In Maryland Town's New Year's Tradition

A lighted ball tends to take center stage at most New Year's Eve celebrations, but in Princess Anne, Md., a muskrat in a tophat becomes star of the town.

Two Virginia Schools Top Rankings Of University Values

Kiplinger Personal Finance has placed two Virginia universities in their "10 Best Public College Values, 2013." Can you guess which schools made it?

Construction Starting Soon On Redskins Training Camp In Richmond

With the approval of Richmond's city council, construction of a $10 million training camp facility for the Redskins may begin in earnest as soon as next week.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Avoid End Of Year Scams With Practical Advice

As the end of 2012 nears, many are looking to get in some last-minute charitable giving for tax purposes. With these helpful tips, you can avoid being taken advantage of.

Bank Robber Tries To Use Metro As Getaway Vehicle

A bank robber in Southeast D.C. didn't have a getaway car, so he did what any carless Washingtonian would do — he took the Metro. Or tried to, in any case.

Lease Issues Remain For Jack's Boathouse

The National Park Service still plans to open the operation of a Georgetown boathouse to bidders, after a review revealed the owner wasn't on the lease, which itself is out of date with NPS practices.

Metro To Stay Open Late For New Year's Eve

Not only will Metro riders be spared track work this holiday weekend, but WMATA is keeping trains running late for both the Redskins' season finale against the Cowboys and New Year's Eve.

Keeping Fit Takes More Than New Year's Resolution

Planning to set a goal of getting in shape for the New Year? So do a lot of people, according to a D.C. fitness director. He offers some tips that might help you actually stick to the plan.

Friday, December 28, 2012

D.C. Spared Brunt Of Snowstorm

The weather forecast has been adjusted and now meteorologists project D.C. will see mainly rain today.

Maryland Child Identity Theft Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

A new law takes effect in Maryland next week that will allow parents to freeze the credit of their children in an effort to prevent identity theft. 

Virginia AG Warns Of Potential For End-Of-Year Charity Scams

As some people are scrambling to complete end-of-year donations before the tax deadline, the office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is warning people to look out for potential charity fraudsters. 

Mixing Bowl Crash Kills Three

An 87-year-old man was behind the wheel of a vehicle that caused a fatal accident in Northern Virginia last night; the three relatives that died in the pickup truck were traveling to Florida for the funeral of another relative, police say.

Commentary: A New Year's Resolution Without Meat

It's New Year's resolution time and commentator Paul Shapiro, who works with the Humane Society of the United States, wants D.C. residents to consider scaling back meat consumption in 2013 to help protetct the environment.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' A Major Concern for D.C. Officials

 D.C. would suffer more than any other in the United States from a cut in government spending caused by a fall off the 'fiscal cliff.'

Maryland Legislature Pushes Campaign Finance Reform

A legislative panel is pushing for major reforms to the state's campaign finance laws so that voters have more information when they head to the polls.