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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lewisdale Teen Dies In Gang-Related Double Shooting

Police say that 14-year-old Eliezer Benjamin Reyes was one of two shot and killed early Wednesday morning in what Prince George's County police are describing as gang violence.

New Website Enhances Transparency In Montgomery County

Montgomery County officials have overhauled their website to provide residents with better access to information about the inner workings of their government.

Operation Homefront Brings Holiday Joy To Children Of Veterans

A charitable organization is making sure that the children of area servicemembers get the holidays they deserve, collecting gifts and toys for low-income military families.

Nats Host Job Fair Aimed At Veterans, Spouses

As many as 700 military veterans and their spouses headed to Nationals Park on Wednesday for a job fair aimed at finding former service members meaningful employment.

Analysis: As Former Governor, Kaine May Get A Reality Check In Senate

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is about to get a taste of what it's like to be the low man on the totem pole in the U.S. Senate; National Journal's Shane Goldmacher talks about others that have made the governor-senator transition.

Bradley Manning Hearing On Pretrial Confinement Resumes

Military prosecutors are making their case Wednesday that the restrictive pretrial confinement of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was justified based on a threat of self-harm.

Alexandria Neighborhood: VDOT Ramp Will 'Ruin' Quality Of Life

Residents who live near the planned end of the I-95 Express Lanes in Fairfax County are asking that county's board to support their effort to stop construction on an off-ramp through their neighborhood.

Montgomery County Lawmaker Calls For Reduction Of ICC Tolls

Tolls have been in effect on the Intercounty Connector in Maryland for one year now, and critics of the road, including one local council member, are still advocating for reduced rates.

Gaithersburg Hit-And-Run May Have Been A Homicide

An early morning hit-and-run accident in Gaithersburg is now being investigated as a homicide. The crash killed one man and injured his brother, who is in the hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

Uber Prevails As D.C. Council Passes New Vehicles-For-Hire Law

Sedan car service Uber and the D.C. government have finally settled their differences; the D.C. Council passed a law Tuesday that will allow Uber to operate its digitally-dispatched car service legally in the District.

Huge Growth Of Food Stamps In Northern Virginia Spurs Debate

Northern Virginia social service providers are seeing record numbers of people receiving federal food assistance, thanks in part to more people being eligible and greater efforts to find those in need.

Barry's Bill On Ex-Offender Hiring Fails At D.C. Council

A bill that would have prevented employers in the District from discriminating against job applicants based on a criminal record was shut down at the D.C. Council Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Analysis: Maryland Sens. Renew Push On Cuba To Free Alan Gross

Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are renewing their push to see Maryland resident Alan Gross freed from Cuban jail, and as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, they have enlisted some powerful allies on Capitol Hill.

Virginia Psychic Challenges Zoning Laws In Court

"Psychic Sophie" of Chesterfield County is making her case in court that zoning ordinances and licensing requirements put an unfair burden on her business and violate her first amendment freedoms.

New Montgomery County Council President Makes History

Montgomery County councilwoman Nancy Navarro was nominated as council president on Tuesday, making her the first Latina woman to ever hold that post.