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Friday, November 30, 2012

Analysis: Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling Stays Out Of Governor's Race

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about this week's top stories, including whether or not Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will run for Virginia governor as an independent.

Bill Bolling Addresses Decision To Back Out Of Governor's Race

Despite stepping out of the race for Virginia's governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he still believes he would have been the best person to lead the state.

Supreme Court To Argue Same-Sex Marriage This Spring

The Supreme Court is considering hearing cases over gay marriage this spring. But in Maryland, gay marriage may become a reality ahead of schedule.

Child Sex Trafficking Remains A Problem In Northern Virginia

Child sex trafficking is a major problem in northern Virginia, according to local detectives who say they regularly rescue girls from the sex trade.

DCBOEE Plans Special Election To Fill Mendelson's Seat

It's finally official: Phil Mendelson was sworn in last night as D.C. Council Chairman, and that sets up a special election to fill his old seat.

Van Hollen's Congressional Role Valued By Fellow Lawmakers

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen isn't formally a Democratic Party leader, but he's expected to play a key role on budget issues once again in the next Congress.

D.C. Council Moves Toward Lowering Speed Camera Fines

There's been a "green light" for the D.C. Council's effort to lower speed camera fines.

Bookend: D.C. Romance Novelists Defy Stereotypes

In the latest edition of our monthly literary series, Bookend, we talk with local romance writers about the increasing popularity of their genre.

Geologist Uses Archaeology To Understand Climate Change

Far beneath the bedrock of our region are fossils of microscopic, magnetic bacteria. These fossils date back to an era when our region was a lush tropical forest, and may hold clues for how climate change affects our environment.

Strolling Along D.C.'s Former Newspaper Row

Once upon a time, the newspaper was king — and one of its major thrones was right here in Washington, D.C., on 14th Street NW. Historian and author Paul Dickson takes us there.

Artist's Exhibit Reflects On Loss of Uncle He Never Knew

Local artist Benjamin Bellas' uncle was lost at sea during the Vietnam War, ten years before Bellas was born. In a new exhibit, Bellas digs through maps, slides and his uncle's old uniforms to see what they can tell him about this man he never knew.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fight Over Uranium Mining In Virginia Wages On

Advocates both for and against uranium mining in Virginia have been lobbying hard, but the issue may hinge on the results of a report Friday by a legislative working group.

Child Sex Trafficking A Major Problem In Virginia

Virginia has received a failing grade for its handling of child sex trafficking, and local law enforcement say they have rescued nearly 40 girls this year in Nothern Virginia alone.

Despite Rough Year For Safety, Federal Audit Says Metro Improving

A federal audit says that the Metro system is improving its safety efforts, but qualifies that the improvements are fragile and lawmakers say it could be hurt by federal budget cuts.

LivingSocial Lays Off 160 D.C. Employees

The online daily deals site LivingSocial has confirmed that it is laying off 400 employees, including 160 in D.C. Early this year, the company received a $36.5 million tax break from the District.