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Monday, December 10, 2012

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.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 10

Check out storytelling events, including a live Hanukkah Lights reading, and a film about a skateboarder who went from a broken home to breaking records.

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.

Del. Charniele Herring Selected Chair Of Virginia Democrats

Virginia Del. Charniele Herring has made history as the first African American to lead the Democratic Party.

Teen Death Leads To Virginia Bill Targeting Distracted Drivers

The death of a Fairfax County teenager may lead to new legislation targeting motorists who get caught texting while driving.

Virginia State Senator Proposes New Gas Tax

Virginia State Sen. John Watkins is proposing a new tax on the wholesale price of gasoline to help fund transportation projects.

Conference Examines History of U.S. Slavery

Researchers are coming together in Virginia for a closer look at the history of slavery in the U.S.

Lame Duck Session Begins With Low Productivity

Lawmakers in the region are frustrated that not much work is getting done in the lame duck Congress.

White House To Light National Menorah

The White House lighting of the National Menorah is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, and is expected to draw thousands of people.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Prince George's County Man Surrenders After 12-Hour Standoff

A man who was barricaded inside a Prince George's County home for 12 hours has surrendered to police.

Virginia's Annual Pesticide Disposal Program Continues

Virginia residents are taking steps to remove thousands of pounds of dangerous chemicals from the environment.

Virginia Lawmaker Proposes Shared Worker Program Bill

Virginia Sen. George Barker has proposed legislation that he thinks will benefit businesses and employees during an economic slowdown.

O'Malley Asks Shore Residents For Storm Damage Assessments

Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning to appeal FEMA's decision to deny aid to victims on the Eastern Shore.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wikileaks Day Nine: Jailer Says Manning Was Uncommunicative

The pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was in its ninth day Friday. A Marine Corps brig commander testified that she kept Manning on suicide watch because he didn't communicate with her.

Ex-Corrections Officer To Face Court In Death Of Ronnie White

A former Prince George's County corrections officer will finally face a courtroom in January after he was accused of negligence in the death of inamte Ronnie White in 2008.