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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bolling Will Not Seek GOP Bid For Virginia Governor

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has decided not to seek the Republican Party's nomination for governor of the state in 2013, but he left the door open to run as an independent candidate.

WikiLeaks: Manning Seeks Dismissal In Pretrial Hearing

Pre-trial testimony continues today in the WikiLeaks case of Bradley Manning, the Army private charged with giving classified information to the website. Manning is seeking dismissal of all charges on the grounds that he was mistreated in military prison before his trial.

AIDS Activists Stage Naked Demonstration In Boehner's Office

Several naked protesters staged a demonstration in House Speaker John Boehner's personal office yesterday, urging the lawmaker to work to avoid potential budget cuts to support programs for those with HIV and AIDS.

Ward 8 Raises Questions On DCPS Closures

Residents in Ward 8 were the first to officially voice their concerns about a plan to close 20 DCPS schools next year during a public meeting last night. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Analysis: Sen. Warner Proposes Decoupling Social Security From Deficit Reduction

Plans to tackle deficit reduction in the lame duck session continue, and a proposal by Sen. Mark Warner that would isolate Social Security from other entitlement reform is gaining some traction.

Fairfax Residents Want Developers To Pay Impact Fees

Developers in Fairfax County can often often avoid paying for transportation improvements their stores necessitate, so some residents are calling on the county to implement a transportation impact fee.

Smoking Ban Headlines Packed Montgomery Co. Council Agenda

The first two months of 2013 will likely be a busy period for the Montgomery County council, as a slate of bills were introduced on Tuesday, including a proposed smoking ban on county-owned property.

Maryland Speed Cameras Underperform, Audit Finds

Maryland drivers might be happy to hear that more than half of tickets issued by traffic cameras at work zones across the state were thrown out, according to an audit. Officials say those numbers are on the way down.

Bradley Manning To Testify At Pretrial Hearing In Wikileaks Case

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to testify in a pretrial hearing in Fort Meade, Md., this week about his treatment in a Marine Corps. brig after he was arrested for his role in the leak of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.

D.C. United's Longtime Executive Steps Down

Just a few weeks after D.C. United was eliminated from the Eastern Conference Finals, long-time team executive Kevin Payne announced he would be leaving the club.

Norton Holds Discussion On Synthetic Marijuana In D.C.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will host a meeting with District residents and her Commission on Men and Boys tonight to talk about synthetic marijuana use. 

Georgetown, Trinity To Enter Recruiting Partnership With Charter Schools

Georgetown and Trinity Washington unversities in D.C. are the latest instutions of higher learning to sign on to a recruiting partnership with the Knowledge Is Power Program, a national charter school network.

Virginia Governor Considers Adjusting Gas Tax For Inflation

Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging Virginia legislators to make transportation construction funding a top priority in the upcoming legislative session. 

National Zoo Unveils New 'Conservation Carousel'

The National Zoo is unveiling a new solar-powered attraction with a carousel that highlights the figures of endangered species.

Four More Charged As Adults In Woodley Park Attack

Four more teenagers have been charged as adults in an attack on 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin last week. Griffin was killed in an attack at Woodley Park Metro station.