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Friday, December 7, 2012

Analysis: Investigation Into D.C. Mayor Gray's 2010 Campaign Picks Up

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest into the investigation of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

DDOT Asks Public To Vote On Streetcar Slogan

D.C.'s Department of Transportation is asking the public to pick a slogan for the city's future streetcars.

WWII Veteran To Be Honored With Bronze Star

An 88-year-old World War II veteran from the D.C. area will receive the Bronze Star for Heroism today, nearly 70 years after he was wounded in battle in France.

Hyattsville Man Charged With Murder Of Teen In Drive-by Shooting

A 24-year-old Hyattsville man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 14-year-old boy. Police are still searching for additional suspects.

Pennsylvania Falls Short On Chesapeake Cleanup Pact, Report Finds

Pennsylvania is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to reducing pollution from large-scale industrial and municipal sources, according to a new report from an environmental watchdog group.

Maryland Lawmakers, Waiting For Fiscal Cliff, Hold Off On State Budget Talks

Maryland's top lawmakers want to hold off on major state budget talks until Congress finishes negotiations on pending across the board budget cuts known  as the fiscal cliff.

Debt Ceiling Debate Resurfaces In Fiscal Cliff Talks

Members of Congress end the week with little progress on fiscal cliff negotiations and the worry that another fight over the debt ceiling could become part of those talks.

McDonnell Still Needs Convincing On Silver Line Funding

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is still not sold on providing more state funding for the Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport, citing a need for more improvements at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Inauguration Preparations Begin In Earnest In D.C.

The turnout for President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 is expected to be less than for his first, but the District is bracing itself for big numbers nonetheless.

Area Lawmakers Spar Over Location Of New FBI Headquarters

Lawmakers representing districts in both Prince George's and Fairfax Counties continue to jockey for position ahead of an expected decision to find new headquarters for the FBI.

Marine Officer Concedes Rules Broken In Bradley Manning's Confinement

A former commander at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. acknowledged in court Thursday that regulations were broken in keeping accused Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on suicide watch.

Maryland Pregnancy Center Case Reconsidered In Federal Court

A federal appeals court has heard arguments from an anti-abortion Maryland pregnancy center which objects to a law requiring them to post notifications about their stance on abortions and birth control.

Fairfax Student Disciplined For Bringing Gun To School

A 13-year-old student is facing disciplinary action after Robinson Secondary School administrators confiscated a gun from her locker on Wednesday.

Road Closures For National Christmas Tree Lighting

Some roads around the White House will be closed for most of the evening rush today to accommodate the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Metro is warning bus riders to expect delays on downtown routes.  

Gun Found In Fairfax County Student's Locker

Administrators at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va., confiscated a gun from a student's locker Wednesday.