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Monday, March 5, 2012

Smithsonian Partners With NASA To Welcome Discovery

The Smithsonian Institution is working with NASA to plan a four-day festival next month to welcome space shuttle Discovery to its collection.

Rescued Bald Eagle Euthanized Due To Injuries

Animal experts have euthanized a bald eagle found near Metro tracks in Virginia last week because its injuries were too extensive for it to be rejuvenated.

Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Lawsuit Goes To Court

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by parents of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting goes to trial in Virginia today.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Monday Is Last Day For D.C. To Switch Political Parties

Monday is the deadline for voters in District to switch political parties in order to vote in April's primary.

Virginia's Primary May Be Problematic For Front-Runner

Tuesday's Virginia primary -- a two-man contest between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul -- may have created some problems for the front-runner.

Memorial For Iraq And Afghanistan Vets In The Works

Plans are in the works to honor veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with a tribute on the National Mall.

Baltimore Mayor Against Questioning Citizenship Status

An executive order is prohibiting Baltimore police officers from asking about a person's citizenship status.

U.S. House Set To Vote On Jobs Act

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on a bi-partisan bill this week to help small businesses in the region.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lottery For 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

It's not too late to get a ticket to the White House Easter Egg Roll!

Montgomery County Council President Concerned With Deer Population

The president of the Montgomery County Council is asking the National Park Service to come up with a plan to reduce the deer population near the C&O Canal Park.

Maryland School Board Seeking To Change Suspension Policy

Maryland's school board is aiming to reduce the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses.

Prince George's Councilwoman Barred From County Vehicle

A Prince George's County councilwoman is officially barred from access to her county vehicle after she was caught speeding in excess of 100 mph.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fight To Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bill Begins In Maryland

As political observers expected, the fight over same-sex marriage in Maryland started promptly on Friday, as both sides of the issue begin to gear up for an expected referendum on the issue in November.

Anne Arundel Exec Charged With Four Misdimeanors

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been indicted and charged on four counts for misusing his executive protection squads to transport him to sexual escapades and remove signs of political opponents.

Lawmakers Dig In Over Dulles Metro Rail Funding

Virginia's General Assembly continues to apply pressure to the MWAA, threatening to withhold funding for the Dulles Metro Rail Project if they don't amend a plan they said unfairly benefits union labor.

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