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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Activists Both For And Against Gay Marriage Protest At Gallaudet

Gallaudet University has become a flashpoint for discussion about Maryland's gay marriage referendum, even though activists on both sides agree that an employee put on leave for signing a petition should be reinstated.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wilson Building Flies St. Louis Flag, To Honor Baseball Bet

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Wondering why you a see a strange flag flying over the Wilson building today? It's to settle a bet made between Mayor Vincent Gray and the mayor of St. Louis over the result of the NLDS.

Back In The Saddle At The Washington International Horse Show

Behind the scenes at the Washington International Horse Show, a team of professionals get all of the athletes — human and equine — ready for competition.

Maryland Boy Accused Of Murder Sentenced To Therapeutic Home

A 13-year-old Prince George's County boy received a sentence of being confined to a therapeutic home indefinitely in connection with the death of a 2-year-old foster child living in his family's house. 

Virginia Lawmakers Want Holder To Investigate Voter Registration Fraud

Three Virginia congressmen are calling for a U.S. Department of Justice probe into allegations of registration fraud in several states, including the commonwealth.

Maryland To Vote On Redistricting, And Some Dems Don't Approve

Maryland voters will have to cast their vote for or against the state's new map of  Congressional districts this November, and Democrats in Montgomery County could make a big difference in the outcome.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Analysis: No Compromise On Sequester Cuts Close, Despite Obama's Assurance

President Obama sounded confident Monday night that a deal could be struck to avert sequester cuts, but nothing that The Hill's Alex Bolton saw from Congress indicates its likely as yet.

Virginia Beach Could Support NBA Team, Study Shows

Virginia Beach could support an NBA or NHL franchise, an economy study suggests, if the commonwealth can move faster than competing cities on plans to construct an arena.

Self-Driving Vehicles Could Ease Area Traffic

Commuting on area highways can be both slow and stressful. If new, self-driving car technology takes hold, experts say heading to work would be both faster and more leisurely for drivers.

Alexandria City Council To Consider Public Art Policy


Do developers have an obligation to contribute art to the communities in which they build? That's the thrust of a new bill being considered by the Alexandria City Council.

Virginia Leads Nation In Machine Gun Ownership


According to a new report, the Commonwealth of Virginia is the nation's leader in the ownership of machineguns.

Doctor Shortage Looms, Even As Med School Applications Go Up

Hard limits on the number of residencies will eventually create a bottleneck in the medical professional as record numbers of students apply to medical school.

Woman In Custody After Shot Fired Near Walter Reed Medical Center

Police say a suspect is in custody after an altercation at the gates of Walter Reed Medical Center. Reports say at least one shot was fired, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Another D.C. Tax Office Employee Accused Of Fraud

Concerns about oversight at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue continue as another employee has been implicated in a scheme that cost the city more than $300,000.

Driverless Vehicles Could Appear On D.C. Streets

The District of Columbia is considering allowing driverless vehicles on the city's streets.  D.C. would follow three other states in allowing this new technology.