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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

D.C. Mayor Opposes Charter Amendment For Budget Autonomy

The D.C. Council is pushing a charter amendment that would grant the District budget autonomy from the Congressional process, but Mayor Vincent Gray fears it may be illegal.

Capital Bikeshare Expansion Halted By Parts Problems

Plans to expand Capital Bikeshare by 54 stations this year will likely miss the mark, after reports that the bike-share company's supplier has come up short on required equipment.

Teenage Girl Robbed, Shot On Way To School In D.C.

A teenage girl was shot during an attempted robbery in Southeast D.C. this morning while she was on her way to school. Police are still looking for the suspect.

Metro Won't Cut Night Service To W6, W8 Bus Lines

Despite concerns about crime along the routes, Metro will not eliminate evening service on two bus lines that serve Southeast D.C., the agency announced Monday.

Redskins Win Over Richmond With Plans For New Practice Field

Some Richmond, Va. residents were celebrating the Redskins even before the team's Monday Night Football win this week, thanks to the team's plan to build a new training facility in the state capital.

Enforcement Of D.C.'s Local Hiring Laws Needs Work, Report Finds

Thousands more D.C. residents could be hired for local construction projects if the District did a better job of enforcing its local hiring laws, according to a study from watchdog group Good Jobs First.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 4, 2012

Enjoy some off-beat Christmas theater at these on-stage performances.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Montgomery County's Berliner Not Worried About Fiscal Cliff

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is optimistic his county would be fine if Congress went over the fiscal cliff.

Intelsat Moves From D.C. To Tysons Corner

Virginia leaders are celebrating a major new corporate headquarters in Tysons Corner.

Virginia Beach's Hotel Tax Hike Undecided

Booking a hotel in Virginia Beach may take a toll on your wallet... if a certain proposal goes through, that is.

Commentary: D.C. Council Should Support Grandparent Caregiver Program

Commentator Judith Sandalow talks about why the D.C. Council's support for low-income grandparents caring for grandchildren is an important step in the District.

Hospital Worker Pleads Not Guilty To Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C

A hospital worker has been accused of infecting patients with Hepatitis C through contaminated syringes.

Montgomery County Council's Berliner Addresses Pepco Rate Hike Request

Pepco is asking for another rate hike, and one of its most ardent critics in Montgomery County is already saying the utility shouldn't get it.

Organization Wants To Stop Teens Texting While Driving

Preventing teenagers from texting while driving continues to be a challenge, but one group may be on the path to an effective solution.

Analysis: Senate To Limit Defense Bill Debate, 2013 Recess Schedule Set

The Senate resumes debate on a defense authorization bill today while the rest of Congress awaits more fiscal cliff negotiations and gets logistics settled for the coming year.