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Friday, January 4, 2013

Red And Orange Lines See Weekend Track Work

The holidays are behind us, and that means a return to the much-maligned weekend delays on the Metro. For the first weekend of the new year, the Red and Orange Lines will take a hit.

Sen. Michael Crapo Pleads Guilty To DWI

Despite his Mormon faith and publicly saying he doesn't drink, Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo has pleaded guilty to a DWI.

Analysis: 113th Congress Begins With New Lawmakers And Old Challenges

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the freshmen on Capitol Hill, and the challenges some lawmakers will face.

Justin Wolfe Will Remain In Jail Until Hearing

Justin Wolfe, a defendant who had been scheduled to go free this week after a judge ruled that he did not receive a fair trial, will remain behind bars until a hearing at the end of the month. 

D.C. Firefighters Call Out Sick On New Year's Eve

About 100 D.C. firefighters took a sick day on New Year's Eve, leaving nearly a dozen ambulances sidelined on a busy night.

Rep. Delaney To Focus On U.S. Competitiveness In 1st Term

Freshman Maryland Rep. John Delaney (D) wants to focus on business and American competitiveness, and he has some criticism of the budget deal his new colleagues approved just before he was sworn in.

Kaine Hopes New Senators Bring Bipartisanship To Congress

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is coming into the Senate fresh-faced and optimistic that the 113th Congress will be able to break down some of the partisan barriers that hamstrung its predecessor.

Jim Webb 'Steps Out' Of U.S. Senate

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb says goodbye to the Senate this week, and his Virginia colleagues are remembering the lawmaker's short but significant stint in Congress. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mendelson Shuffles Committee Assignments On D.C. Council

The D.C. Council is beginning its new legislative session, and Chairman Phil Mendelson switched things up a bit by making some changes to council members' committee assignments.

Two Area Lawmakers Sworn In For 113th Congress

Thursday marked the first day of the 113th Congress, and the D.C. area added two new Democratic lawmakers in Maryland's John Delaney and Virginia's Tim Kaine.

Mental Health Training Pushed By Virginia Lawmakers

Virginia delegates are signalling their intention to pursue funding that would help train school officials and human service workers how to handle people with mental illnesses.

Virginia Law Prohibiting Access To Public Documents Faces Roadblock

A new Virginia law prohibiting access to public documents is facing a new legal challenge.

Maryland State Panel Approves Survey For Offshore Wind

The Maryland Board of Works approved a plan to conduct a survey that would pave the way for offshore wind power along Maryland's coast.

D.C. Mayor Gray And Seattle Mayor Bet On Playoff Game

Washington's game against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday has a lot riding on it... for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Virginia Lawmaker To Oppose Dragas UVA Reappointment

A Virginia senator is opposing University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas for reappointment.