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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Activists Rally For D.C. Hires On City Construction Projects

D.C. jobs activists will hold a "rally for jobs and justice" outside the Wilson Building later today to protest city-funded construction projects that aren't employing enough District residents.

Virginia Cuts Funding For Disabled Foster Care Kids

Virginia officials plan to cut payments to the state's disabled children in foster care on July 1.

Chesapeake Bay Oxygen Levels Fell In 2011

The Chesapeake Bay's oxygen levels took a dive last year, which could mean bad news for marine life in the body of water this season. 

Fort McHenry Hosts 'Sailabration' For War Of 1812 Bicentennial

Fort McHenry in Baltimore is turning the bicentennial of the war of 1812 into a "sailabration" this weekend highlighting the fort, the city, and its military history. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Battle For Virginia's U.S. Senate Seat Begins

The Virginia primary just ended and the nasty campaign ads are already flying in the race for state’s open Senate seat.

Gaithersburg Teen's Difficult Path To The Top

One Maryland college student is at the top of his class just a few years after hitting bottom in prison.

Looming 'Fiscal Cliff' Has Politicians Talking

When the Bush-era tax cuts expire on Jan. 1 more than a trillion dollars is scheduled to be cut from the federal budget, unless a partisan solution is reached.

University Of Virginia Faculty Questions President's Dismissal

Academic leaders want more information about the dismissal of President Teresa Sullivan, according to the Associated Press.

Prince George's County Schools Look To Improve Image

Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker created commission today to expand science, technology, engineering, and math classes.

New York Ave. Metro Station Becomes NoMa

The New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U station takes on a new name to reflect its surrounding neighborhood. Six more stations also get name changes.

Council Member Phil Mendelson Gets Vote For D.C. Council Chair

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson will serve as the council's interim chair until November. 

Analysis: What The Race Between Allen, Kaine Boils Down To

Primary results showed the tea party lacks strong footing in Virginia, while elections in the commonwealth could hinge on the presidential contest.

Maryland's DREAM Act Cleared For Referendum By Appeals Court

A Maryland law granting in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants who live in the state will go to referendum on the November ballot, after a court ruling today.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Get D.C. Health Department Approval

Four would-be medical marijuana dispensaries have received their last layer of approval from D.C.'s health department; now, they just have to go through the city's business licensing and building permit processes. 

Jim Moran Beats Challenger In Democratic Primary

Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran easily beat challenger Bruce Shuttleworth in Tuesday's Virginia primary; now, it's on to face a familiar opponent, Republican Patrick Murray.