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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Olympics Fans Weigh Unplugging From Social Media To Avoid Spoilers

The pervasiveness of social media has made it harder for people to avoid hearing about Olympic games results before they air on television. 

Lawmakers Reach Deal To Fund Government Into 2013

Congress has reached an agreement on a temporary funding bill that would continue to fund the government past the November election and maybe even into 2013.

Catoctin Zoo Defends Record In The Face Of Complaint

Officials at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve are eschewing complaints from one zoo goer that the zoo is no properly caring for its animals. 

Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers

Federal workers are expected to play a big role in deciding swing state Virginia in November's elections. But while many assume Republican rhetoric about smaller government would sway them toward the left, it's not that simple.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Analysis: Congress Approves Spending Extension To Tackle 'Fiscal Cliff' Later

Congress announced a deal Tuesday that would avert government shutdown in October. As The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, they're trying to clear the issue off the docket for the lame duck session so they have more time to address tax cuts and sequestration.

D.C. Abortion Bill Defeated In U.S. House

A Congressional bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in D.C. was defeated in the U.S. House, a development which was cheered by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Nortion.

Michigan Minister Tapped As Dean Of National Cathedral

A new dean was nominated for the Washington National Cathedral. He was selected in part for his background in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Democrats All Smiles As Women's Health Care Provisions Kick In

Area Democrats are ecstatic as provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect Wednesday that will provide preventative health services to women at no cost to those covered by most insurance plans.

Virginia HOV Expansion Begins Next Month On I-95

An expansion that will add more than 29 miles of HOV lanes through Fairfax County is expected to begin next month, according to Virginia transportation officials.

Judge Strikes Down Virginia Resident Requirement For Petitions

A judge found Tuesday that Virginia's law restricting the circulation of ballot petitions to residents of the commonwealth are a burden on freedom of speech and thus struck it down.

NTSB: More Than Fatigue At Play In 2011 Sky Express Crash

Although fatigue has long been cited as the reason for a 2011 Sky Express bus crash that claimed four lives, an NTSB meeting found that the company shouldn't even have been operating to begin with.

Accident In Chevy Chase Claims Life Of Woman

A woman was killed around noon after a car in which she was riding swerved off Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md., slamming into a tree. Police shut down the road to investigate the incident.

House Expected To Vote On D.C. Abortion Bill

The House could vote today on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia — although the bill's supporters are expected to fall short of the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass.

UMD Study Looks At Perils Of 'Distracted Walking'

Much attention is paid to issues of distracted driving around the country, but a new University of Maryland study is calling attention to the perils of "distracted walking." 

Former D.C. Contracts Director Sues CFO For Defamation

A former D.C. employee is suing the city government for defamation after he was fired in 2009. He is already suing the District for wrongful termination.