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Friday, December 28, 2012

D.C. Spared Brunt Of Snowstorm

The weather forecast has been adjusted and now meteorologists project D.C. will see mainly rain today.

Maryland Child Identity Theft Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

A new law takes effect in Maryland next week that will allow parents to freeze the credit of their children in an effort to prevent identity theft. 

Virginia AG Warns Of Potential For End-Of-Year Charity Scams

As some people are scrambling to complete end-of-year donations before the tax deadline, the office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is warning people to look out for potential charity fraudsters. 

Mixing Bowl Crash Kills Three

An 87-year-old man was behind the wheel of a vehicle that caused a fatal accident in Northern Virginia last night; the three relatives that died in the pickup truck were traveling to Florida for the funeral of another relative, police say.

Commentary: A New Year's Resolution Without Meat

It's New Year's resolution time and commentator Paul Shapiro, who works with the Humane Society of the United States, wants D.C. residents to consider scaling back meat consumption in 2013 to help protetct the environment.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' A Major Concern for D.C. Officials

 D.C. would suffer more than any other in the United States from a cut in government spending caused by a fall off the 'fiscal cliff.'

Maryland Legislature Pushes Campaign Finance Reform

A legislative panel is pushing for major reforms to the state's campaign finance laws so that voters have more information when they head to the polls.

Maryland Casino Now Open All Day And All Night

Maryland Casino will get more tables and longer hours starting Thursday.

Holmes To Lobby For District Vote On D.C. Budget

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to have the ability to vote on D.C.'s budget.

Six Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Died In 2012

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2012 reflects a 20 percent decline after a rise in numbers compared with the two previous years.

Virginia AG Cuccinelli On 2013 Projects


Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says there are several projects he started in 2012 that he must wrap up in 2013.

Online Review Case Goes To Virginia Supreme Court

A Fairfax Woman will argue her right to post negative online reviews in front of the Virginia Supreme Court.

Metro Hours Extended And Track Work Limited

Metro will suspend most weekend track work during the holiday, and the system will stay open an extra hour Sunday night for the Washington Redskins' prime time matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Three Firefighters Injured In Temple Hills Fire

Fire officials are advising residents to check test their smoke detectors.

All three are expected to make full recoveries from their burns, but Prince George's county fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the situation could have been avoided if residents in the home had made sure smoke detectors had working batteries.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kids Delight In Washington's Winter Weather

While many of us find winter weather annoying, kids who woke up to a coating of snow on the ground Wednesday morning were thrilled.