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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Homeless Mother Waits In The Cold For Spot In Shelter

Complicated rules force D.C. shelters to turn away families, so they can keep beds empty before the start of "hypothermia season." One mother was left to walk the streets at night with her two-month-old son, hoping for cold.

Head Of D.C. Teachers' Union Reserves Judgment On D.C. School Closings

The head of the Washington Teachers' Union is holding his tongue on the proposal that came out yesterday to close the doors on 20 D.C. schools until he can do further analysis.

Cigarette Tax Hike Called For In Maryland

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett joined the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition in calling Maryland to raise the taxes on cigarettes again next year.

Motorists Hit With 50-Cent Hike On Dulles Toll Road

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Drivers who frequent the Dulles Toll Road may soon my searching for extra change, after the MWAA board approved toll hikes effective in the beginning of next year.

Warner Polls Strongly Against Other Virginia Candidates For Governor

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has not announced any intention to run for governor in the Commonwealth, but a Quinnipiac Poll shows he is strongly favored over the competition.

Maryland Casino Adding 1,200 Positions For Table Game Expansion

Casinos in Maryland aren't taking their time after voters approved Question 7 on Election Day, announcing plans today for the addition of table games like poker and blackjack to the casino floor.

Foundation: Effort To Fight Chesapeake Cleanup 'Serious Attack' On Clean Water

A Baltimore law firm's campaign to get rural Maryland counties to challenge the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort has come to the attention of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

New Lawmakers Begin 'Freshman Orientation' On Capitol Hill

Freshman members of Congress head to orientation this week, learning the rules of the game on Capitol Hill while they interview staff members and jockey for office space.

Homeless College Students Cope With Needing A Home Over Winter Break

Not all college students look forward to winter break with equal anticipation; for thousands of homeless college students, the stress of where to go over university holidays can be worse than a full courseload.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ocean City's Pier To Get Post-Hurricane Facelift

The destruction of the Ocean City pier was one of the more dramatic moments in the D.C. area when Hurricane Sandy made landfall, but efforts are already underway to restore the landmark.

Without New Revenues, Virginia's Transportation Options Limited

Gov. McDonnell praised the public-private partnership that made Virginia's 495 Express Lanes possible at a ribbon cutting Tuesday, but without additional revenues, lawmakers say future projects may not get off the ground.

Bikesharing Expanded In Montgomery Co., Despite Safety Concerns

A path has been cleared in Montgomery County for the expansion of bikesharing programs, after the county council approved two bills that will both provide necessary funding and ease zoning restrictions.

DCPS Announces 20 Proposed School Closings Across Six Wards

A plan was announced today to shutter 20 DCPS schools across six District wards. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson says its a necessary measure to address under-performing and under-utilized schools.

Superstorm Sandy Causes Shortage Of Large Christmas Trees

The supply of giant Christmas trees may be smaller than normal this year, as at least one supplier's crop of trees was devastated by the gale force winds and snow from Superstorm Sandy.