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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bradley Manning Hearing On Pretrial Confinement Resumes

Military prosecutors are making their case Wednesday that the restrictive pretrial confinement of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was justified based on a threat of self-harm.

Alexandria Neighborhood: VDOT Ramp Will 'Ruin' Quality Of Life

Residents who live near the planned end of the I-95 Express Lanes in Fairfax County are asking that county's board to support their effort to stop construction on an off-ramp through their neighborhood.

Montgomery County Lawmaker Calls For Reduction Of ICC Tolls

Tolls have been in effect on the Intercounty Connector in Maryland for one year now, and critics of the road, including one local council member, are still advocating for reduced rates.

Gaithersburg Hit-And-Run May Have Been A Homicide

An early morning hit-and-run accident in Gaithersburg is now being investigated as a homicide. The crash killed one man and injured his brother, who is in the hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

Uber Prevails As D.C. Council Passes New Vehicles-For-Hire Law

Sedan car service Uber and the D.C. government have finally settled their differences; the D.C. Council passed a law Tuesday that will allow Uber to operate its digitally-dispatched car service legally in the District.

Huge Growth Of Food Stamps In Northern Virginia Spurs Debate

Northern Virginia social service providers are seeing record numbers of people receiving federal food assistance, thanks in part to more people being eligible and greater efforts to find those in need.

Barry's Bill On Ex-Offender Hiring Fails At D.C. Council

A bill that would have prevented employers in the District from discriminating against job applicants based on a criminal record was shut down at the D.C. Council Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Analysis: Maryland Sens. Renew Push On Cuba To Free Alan Gross

Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are renewing their push to see Maryland resident Alan Gross freed from Cuban jail, and as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, they have enlisted some powerful allies on Capitol Hill.

Virginia Psychic Challenges Zoning Laws In Court

"Psychic Sophie" of Chesterfield County is making her case in court that zoning ordinances and licensing requirements put an unfair burden on her business and violate her first amendment freedoms.

New Montgomery County Council President Makes History

Montgomery County councilwoman Nancy Navarro was nominated as council president on Tuesday, making her the first Latina woman to ever hold that post.

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.