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Friday, December 9, 2011

Maryland Gives $17M To D.C. Wastewater Project

Maryland is chipping in $17 million for major upgrades to the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant in D.C.

D.C. Gardeners Weed Through Bureaucracy

Some gardeners in the District are figuring out how take advantage of the city's farmable land, but first they have to figure out who owns it.

Congress Split Over How To Head Consumer Bureau

Democrats say one director is needed to efficiently head the Consumer Bureau, while Republicans say one person is not enough.

Virginia Considers Raising Cigarette Tax

A new proposal could help lower Virginia's car tax, but smokers in the state will have to pay.

Leslie Johnson Sentenced To One Year In Prison

Leslie Johnson, wife of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her role in his federal corruption scandal. 

Slain Va. Tech Officer Was Army Vet, Father Of Five

The Virginia Tech police officer killed in a deadly shooting Dec. 8 was an army veteran and married father of five children and stepchildren.

Playing To Win: The D.C. Sled Sharks

A different kind of ice hockey team is giving kids with physical disabilities the chance to go for the goal.

Door To Door: Deanwood, D.C. And Columbia Pike, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Deanwood in Northeast D.C. and Columbia Pike in northern Virginia.

D.C. Gigs: Pedaling Around Town With A Bike Messenger

In this month's D.C. Gigs, a bike messenger talks about the decline of her profession, and how instant communication has become a friend and a foe.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Maryland Teacher Charged with Sexually Abusing Students

A teacher at Glen Burnie High School in Anne Arundel, Maryland has been charged for the sexual abuse of three students.

D.C. Voting Rights Object Of Hunger Strike

Three Occupy DC protesters have promised to drink only water until Congress grants D.C. legislative and budget autonomy.

D.C. Debuts Green Alleyway Project

Stormwater runoff can deposit all sorts of nasty wastes into groundwater, which has spurred a project in D.C. to put pervious concrete in several D.C. alleys to curb the problem.

Influx of Elderly Drivers Expected As Boomers Age

AAA predicts a glut of elderly drivers this year.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning against what they call the influx of the "Silver Tsunami" on the roads as the first wave of baby boomers turn 65.

Police Officer, Another Victim Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

Reports are indicating that the second shooting victim found in a parking lot at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. is the man who shot and killed a campus police officer Thursday afternoon.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friends: Virginia Tech Gunman Never Hinted At Violence

Authorities have identified the shooter in the killing of a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday as Ross Ashley, 22, of Partlow, Va. But friends and former classmates say Ashley never hinted at any plans for violence.

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