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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Alleged Petworth Attacker Deemed Incompetent For Trial

The man charged with a series of assaults in D.C., one of them fatal, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Friday, May 11, 2012

O'Malley's 'Cozy' Relationship With Perdue Criticized

The "cozy" relationship between Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and the general counsel for Perdue has some critics

Weekend Delays On Orange, Blue, Red Lines

Weekend track work on Metro will prompt delays on the Orange, Blue, and Red lines, so riders should plan to add extra travel time to their schedules.

Ocean City Hotel Rebuffs $6M Legionnaires Lawsuit

Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Md. is moving to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a guest who fell seriously ill after contracting Legionnaires' disease at the resort, during an outbreak that claimed one life.

Federal Cuts Put Squeeze On Criminal Justice Funding

Virginia's law enforcement agencies are planning to do more with less as federal funding cuts have put the squeeze on criminal justice programs in the Commonwealth.

Moran Criticizes BRAC Traffic Planning On Rt. 50 DoD Facility

Virginia representative Jim Moran leveled criticism at the Department of Defense for not more adequately planning around traffic at their Route 50 Defense Health Headquarters facility.

Consultant Guilty Of Conspiracy In Robocalls Case

A jury in Maryland has found a consultant to the campaign of former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich guilty of conspiracy, for his role in calls that prosecutors say were aimed at keeping black voters from polls in 2010.

Several Injured In Southeast Metrobus Crash

An accident involving a Metro bus in Southeast D.C. has left more than a dozen people injured, some of them seriously. 

Suspected Petworth Attacker Deemed Incompetent

The man accused of attacking several people in Northwest D.C. with a hammer, including one fatally, appears in court today. 

First Lady To Address Va. Tech Graduates

First Lady Michelle Obama will address Virginia Tech graduates today at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.

Kilby Elem. Principal Arrested, Charged With Stealing

The principal of an elementary school in Prince William County has been arrested and charged with embezzlement after a search of her home turned up thousands of dollars of merchandise she allegedly purchased using a school-issued credit card. 

D.C. Schools Applying For $10M In Innovation Grants

D.C. Public Schools is hoping to compel some of the city's lowest-performing schools to improve through a new $10 million grant program. 

D.C. Employee Pleads Guilty To Criminal Fraud In Unemployment Scheme

A D.C. employee accused of collecting unemployment checks while employed by the city has pleaded guilty to the first criminal charges to be connected to the scandal.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Alexandria Planning Document Sparks Controversy

An Alexandria small-area plan is raising concerns about that the city is displacing poor residents for the sake of high-end housing and commercial real estate.

DWI Charge Dropped For Former FAA Chief

A judge dropped the charges against the former chief for the Federal Aviation Administration, who resigned after being arrested for a DWI in December.