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Friday, December 14, 2012

Judge Sentences Prince George's Officer In UMD Beating

A judge has sentenced a former Prince George's County police officer to 30 days of home detention for beating a University of Maryland student.

Analysis: Government Workers And Contractors Prepare For Possible Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the spending cuts that could go into effect if lawmakers don't come to an agreement.

Yellow Line Closed North Of Pentagon This Weekend

Weekend track work will snare travelers on the Metro once more this weekend, as work on the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac will stop all Yellow Line trains north of Pentagon.

Braddock Road Closed After Pedestrian Killed In Crash

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while crossing Braddock Road in Alexandria this morning.

Fiscal Cliff Could Change Maryland's Growing Revenue

Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot says the state's budget outlook is improving, but that could change quickly.

Congress Fails To Fill Positions In Ethics Office

Government watchdog groups fear that members of Congress are trying to subtly phase out an office that investigates possible ethics violations by members of Congress. 

U.S. Attorney Closes Investigation Into Brown Brothers

Federal officials have closed an investigation into former D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown after his brother, Che Brown, pleaded guilty to bank fraud Thursday. Both brothers may have to pay civil penalties on unrelated campaign finance violation charges.

Probes Into Lottery Contract, CFO's Office Continue

Questions remain over the award of a contract for the D.C. lottery and one D.C. Council member plans to ask the U.S. Attorney's office to look into the matter. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Man Arrested In Vanessa Pham Murder

Police have finally made an arrest for the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was found dead by the side of the road in Falls Church, Va. in 2010.

D.C. Council Member Calls For $25 Money Order Contribution Limit

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh is calling for emergency legislation that would restrict money order campaign contributions in time for the special at-large election in the spring.

D.C. Streetcar Tests Will Begin In March

The D.C. streetcar system is gaining a little momentum, with the announcement that tests will start in March. Passengers may even be able to hop on in the H Street corridor by the end of next year.

Survey Could Pave The Way For Offshore Wind Power In Virginia

Virginia will soon begin a survey of a patch of the Atlantic that will be the first step towards testing and developing offshore wind technology with the help of federal money.

New Push To Repeal Death Penalty In Maryland

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous met with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday to discuss a possible repeal of the practice of capital punishment in the state.

Hate Crime Rate Rises In D.C., Bucking National Trend

Reported hate crimes in D.C. were up by a third in 2011 compared to 2010, and that's not including crimes that often go underreported, like those against the LGBT community.

Anne Arundel Student Dies From Suspected Meningitis Case

Parents of students at Glen Burnie High School in Anne Arundel County have been notified after a student at the school died of an apparently case of bacteria meningitis.