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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

D.C. Hunger Strikers Hit Capitol Hill

The three Occupy DC protesters hunger striking for D.C. autonomy occupied the office of House Speaker John Boehner, while the Congressional chairman of District affairs hits back at Occupy DC's McPherson campsite.

Montgomery County Budget Outlook Mixed

Montgomery County in Maryland saw an uptick in income tax revenues alongside a slight drop in unemployment rates -- but looming federal cuts sully the rosy picture.

Report: Virginia Ranks Low On Child Homelessness Efforts

While Virginia was only 21st in the country in child homelessness, a new report ranked them as 46th in planning efforts to find housing for the 25,000 children in the state without homes.

Fare Hikes Proposed For D.C. Taxis

Rates for D.C. taxi riders may be on the rise -- but a new proposal also outlines a number of fees that would be waived as well as calling for improvements to the District's fleet of cab.

Beltway Speed Camera Issues 21K Tickets In 3 Months

The mobile speed camera installed on the Capital Beltway in Maryland earlier this year has already charged more than $800,000 in fines.

Pedicabs Clashing Again With Park Police

Pedicab drivers who operate on or around the National Mall say the same U.S. Park Police officers have continued to harass them even after tensions eased between pedicabs and Tourmobile buses.

Police Clear Out Occupy Baltimore Camp

Occupy Baltimore protesters were cleared out of their encampment in the city's Inner Harbor at around 3:30 a.m. today.

D.C. Ethics Bill Would Rein In ANC Members As Well

D.C. Council members aren't the only representatives subject to tougher regulations if the new D.C. ethics law passes in a final vote later this month. The city's Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners would fall under the new ethics policies as well.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Virginia Luring Company That Launches Remains Into Space

Virginia space enthusiasts are making a play to attract a company that launches creamated remains into space.

CQ Roll Call: Yet Another Last Minute Federal Budget Deal, Redistricting In Texas

It's looking as though Congress will pass yet another federal budget deal at the last moment, while the Supreme court weighs in on a precedent-setting Texas redistricting case.

VDOT Unveils Electronic Travel Signs

The Virginia Department of Transportation has installed new electronic signs that should give drivers a better idea of how long their commutes will be.

Virginia Makes Changes To Ease Mark Center Traffic

While larger plans to accomodate increased traffic to the Mark Center are in the works, Virginia has instituted many smaller changes to ease the morning commute in the area.

New Study Examines WWI Chemical Effects On NW D.C.

A wealthy NW D.C. neighborhood is the subject of a study that will examine the health effects of a WWI chemical test site buried within -- some residents say the research doesn't go far enough.

Virginia Tech Shooter Offered No Signs Of Violence

Armando Trull was in Partlow, Va. Monday, where he spoke to friends of Virgina Tech shooter Ross Ashley, who say they never saw signs of the violence that was to come.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Parents And City Leaders Debate D.C. Voucher Program

D.C. city leaders are split over reauthorizing a voucher program that would provide scholarship opportunities to select students.

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