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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Anita Bonds Elected To At-Large D.C. Council Seat

The head of the D.C. Democratic party was appointed to an open D.C. Council seat last night, and she balked at a question on whether her employment with a major city contractor is a conflict of interest.

Renters' Association Brings Concerns To Maryland Lawmakers

A group of tenants who rent their homes in Montgomery County are trying to bring renters' issues — including the all-important one of excessive rent increases — to lawmakers' attention.

WikiLeaks: Pretrial Hearing For Bradley Manning Ends

Closing arguments have wrapped up in the pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking U.S. secrets to Wikileaks. A judge will rule in February on whether his treatment in a Quantico brig justifies dismissal of charges.

Taxi Commission Chief Wants To 'Speed Up' Modernization Plans

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is gung-ho for taxi modernization, but there are still a number of hurdles to clear before the plan is fully implemented. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

MARC Tickets For Inauguration On Sale Next Week

MARC train service is limited on Inauguration Day next month, so those who plan to head into the city from Maryland should snap up tickets as soon as they're available.

Later Start Time For Montgomery County High Schools Gains Traction

More than 10,000 Montgomery County residents have signed a petition that would push back the 7:20 a.m. start time for high school students, which some say comes at the cost of teenagers' sleep.

Local Universities Join Groups Offering Online Courses And Graduate Degrees

Georgetown and American University are the latest local educational institutions to launch online courses and master's degree programs.

Conflict Arises Over Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act

A conflict of interest may affect the outcome of Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act.

D.C. Lottery Contract Subject Of Federal Investigation

A federal grand jury investigation is looking into the awarding of a $38 million contract to operate the D.C. Lottery in order to discover whether the process involved any crimes.

Analysis: Lawmakers Work On Violence Against Women Act And Fiscal Cliff

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the unfinished business lawmakers are scrambling to complete before the end of the year.

D.C. Unveils Citywide Cab Color Options

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has rolled out four options for a uniform color scheme for the city's taxis today at the Verizon Center. City residents will be able to vote on the color they prefer before a winner is selected.

Arlington May Get First All-Electric Taxi Company

Arlington County may become home to the first all-electric vehicle taxi fleet in the country, if the county board approves a company's proposal today.

D.C. Democratic Committee To Chose Council Member

D.C.'s local Democratic party will meet tonight to choose who will fill an empty seat on the D.C. Council, a process that is drawing criticism from some in the District. 

Pretrial Hearing In WikiLeaks Case To Wrap Up This Week

The pretrial hearing in the case of Army private Bradley Manning is nearing its end; a judge is supposed to rule on Manning's restrictive confinement in February.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Remain Stalled

Negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff remain stalled, which has lawmakers in the region worried.